Starting Knot

All of the shoelace knots shown on this website use the same “Left-over-Right Starting Knot”. Here's how to tie this basic knot, known as a “Half Knot” or “Overhand Knot”.

Don't worry, this knot is a lot easier than it looks in these diagrams!

Starting Knot diagram 1

Step 1:

Cross the left (blue) end over the right (yellow) end. The left (blue) end is now on the right side.

Starting Knot diagram 2

Step 2:

Begin to wrap the right (blue) end around the front of the left (yellow) lace to end up at the back of the gap between the laces.

Starting Knot diagram 3

Step 3:

Feed the right (blue) end through the gap to emerge at the front right-hand side.

Starting Knot diagram 4

Step 4:

Pull both ends tight to complete the knot.

Finished Knot

Finished Starting Knot

The finished “Starting Knot” is basically the two shoelace ends twisted together as they pass by each other at the middle of the shoe.

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