Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot

Also known as the “Shoemaker's Knot”, this is a lesser known secure shoelace knot. Make a Two Loop Shoelace Knot, but before pulling tight, pass the loop and adjacent loose end through the middle for a second time.

The knot is named after a parcel knot used in a boutique called the “Turquoise Turtle”.

Completed Starting Knot

Step 1:

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

Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot diagram 1

Step 2:

Make both ends into “loops” by simply doubling them back onto themselves.

(I guess they should still be called “Bunny Ears” because turtles don't have long, floppy ears!)

Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot diagram 2

Step 3:

Cross the right (blue) loop over the left (yellow) loop so that the blue loop sits in front and is now the left loop.

Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot diagram 3

Step 4:

The yellow loop is now the right loop. Begin to wrap that loop around the left (blue) loop to end up in front.

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

Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot diagram 4

Step 5:

Feed the right (yellow) loop through the “hole” that has just been made. Feed a fair amount through so that you still have a good length of loop to work with.

Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot diagram 5

Step 6:

Take the right (yellow) loop plus the right (blue) loose end together as a “bundle” and wrap them both around so that they end up in front.

Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot diagram 6

Step 7:

The “bundle” is now fed into the “hole” between the laces. Like the Surgeon's Shoelace Knot, this second wrap & feed-through is the “secret recipe” that makes this knot secure.

Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot diagram 7

Step 8:

Now, simply pull the loops to tighten the knot. The whole twisted mess of the previous drawing will rearrange itself into exactly the same finished knot as my Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot.

Finished Knot

Finished Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot

The finished “Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot” should look identical to my Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot – a tight, closed knot with a symmetrical double wrap around the middle, as compared to the single wrap of simpler shoelace knots.

NOTE: Because of the non-symmetrical way of tying this knot, the result may look somewhat different. This depends on how readily the laces “rearrange” themselves during tightening.

Technical Details

Different techniques

I've seen conflicting instructions for the “Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot”.

In Step (5), instead of feeding through the yellow loop and blue loose end (on the right side), feed through the blue loop and yellow loose end (on the left side). In this way, the knot is almost identical to the Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot, which differs only in that the loose end is not fed through.

Double Starting Knot

Double Starting Knot

The “Turquoise Turtle Shoelace Knot” is often described with a Double Starting Knot (see image at right) – which I consider to be an “optional extra” for tying any shoelace knot more tightly. My diagrams therefore begin with the simpler regular Starting Knot.

Turquoise Turtle Knot Feedback

I recently searched out your site in pursuit of the turquoise turtle knot. I found a reference to it in a book called '16 trees of the Somme' where it was deemed a useful knot for a one armed man as it doesn't come undone.

– Tim H., Oct-2019

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