Monday, January 12, 2009

I've been doing it wrong all these years!

I wrote an earlier post about learning to tie knots. I've just had a major personal knot tying breakthrough (if such a thing can be said to exist). I've always had problems with my shoelaces untying. Laura can attest to this. One of the reasons I like velcro :)

I've recently learned that proper shoelace should be a square knot. Doing a little research, I found that I've been tying my shoes wrong all these years. Instead of tying a square knot (right-over-left half knot followed by a left-over-right knot), I've actually been tying a granny knot (two consecutive left-over-right knots). Apparently it makes all the difference.

I'm going to try some empirical testing by tying one shoe with a granny and the other with a square knot.

Who said an old dog can't learn new tricks!


TheGuth said...

You're just scratching the surface now, as long as you're rethinking your laces try the Ian Knot.

Marla said...

We had a sixth grader in the store and he showed us a knot. Do everything like regular, but when you tie the two loops, pull one all the way through, make it into another rabbit ear and then tie the two loops together. It also doesn't come undone as easily, but you can only pull one side to loosen.

Not sure if that made sense?

twodeadpoets said...

I often do a timber hitch with a double bow and this usually does the trick.

Here's a Animated Knots site:

Loganenator said...

Me too Russ!

Great tip! Looks like I've been tying my shoes wrong all these years also!