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Ian's Shoelace Site Surgeon's Shoelace Knot Home

This is the most common secure shoelace knot: Begin as for a
Standard Knot, then loop around and through for a second time.

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot
My Mum taught me this secure knot when I was still quite young.
Step 1:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 1

Tie a Starting Knot as shown, then make the right (blue) lace into a "loop" by simply doubling it back onto itself.
Step 2:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 2

Take the left (purple) lace and pass it around to the right, going behind the right loop.
Step 3:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 3

Continue the left (purple) lace around the right loop to end up in front.
Step 4:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 4

Start to feed the left (purple) lace into the "hole" that has just been made.
Step 5:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 5

Pull the left (purple) lace through the "hole" to form a "loop" on the right hand side. Unlike the Standard Knot, don't pull it tight just yet!
Step 6:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 6

Wrap the right (purple) loop around the left (blue) lace for the second time so that it once again ends up in front.
Step 7:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 7

Feed the right (purple) loop back through the "hole" for the second time. This is the "secret recipe" that makes this knot secure.
Step 8:

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram 8

Now, simply pull the loops to tighten the knot. Like my Secure Knot, the whole twisted mess of the previous drawing will rearrange itself into a neat finished knot.
NOTE: The final drawing above shows a stylised version of the finished knot in order to follow what goes where. When pulled tight, the sides of the knot come together in the middle and effectively hide the whole double-twisted top section.

The result should be a tight, closed knot with a symmetrical, double wrap around the middle, as compared to the single wrap of a Standard Knot.

My own Secure Knot is an improvement on this knot that uses effectively
the same core technique but forms a more symmetrical finished knot.

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