Two Stage Shoelace Knot

This knot is made in two distinct stages. Make and secure one loop, then make and secure the other loop. The result is slightly more secure because it's less likely for both stages to come undone.

Completed Starting Knot

Step 1:

Begin with a regular Left-over-Right Starting Knot.

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 1

Step 2:

Make the right (blue) end into a “loop” by simply doubling it back onto itself.

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 2

Step 3:

Take the left (yellow) end and pass it around to the right, going behind the right loop.

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 3

Step 4:

Continue the left (yellow) end around the right loop to end up in front.

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 4

Step 5:

Start to push the left (yellow) lace into the “hole” that has just been made.

Up to this point, the knot is exactly the same as the Standard Shoelace Knot.

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 5

Step 6:

Unlike the “Standard Shoelace Knot”, the left (yellow) loose end is pulled all the way through the hole. The result is one long end (yellow) and one short end (blue) on the right-hand side.

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 6

Step 7:

Holding the left (blue) loop and the long (yellow) loose end, pull tight to secure the first loop. This completes the first stage.

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 7

Step 8:

Make the long (yellow) loose end into a loop by simply doubling it back onto itself. This puts the yellow loop and blue loose end into almost exactly the same position as the blue loop and yellow loose end in Step (3).

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram 8

Step 9:

Repeat steps (4) through (7) to wrap the blue loose end around the yellow loop, feed through the hole and pull tight to complete the second stage.

Finished Knot

Finished Two Stage Shoelace Knot

The finished “Two Stage Shoelace Knot” ends up somewhat lopsided, with both loops on the left-hand side and both loose ends on the right-hand side.

Technical Details

Two Stage Knot Concept

The theory behind this knot is that the two loops are each created and secured in separate, distinct stages. This means that it also needs to be untied in two stages, making it slightly more secure. In the event that the ends are accidentally pulled, it's likely that only the latter of the two stages will come undone, leaving the knot half tied.

Variations

There's a different way to complete each “stage”: Instead of making the right (blue) end into a loop, leave it as a loose end. Then wrap the left (yellow) end around it and pull a loop through the hole, exactly as is done for a Standard Shoelace Knot.

The first “stage” will therefore been made differently. Rather than starting with a loop and ending with a loose end, it starts with a loose end and ends with a loop. This leads to four possible variations:

  1. Method A to create both the first and second stage.
  2. Method B to create both the first and second stage.
  3. Method A for the first stage and Method B for the second stage.
  4. Method B for the first stage and Method A for the second stage.

Each of those four variations would look and perform slightly differently. That said, the whole concept of this knot is that the two stages are done separately, regardless of the specific technique used to complete each stage. The four variations are thus equivalent.

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