How to Tie Paracord Knots

January 9, 2016

Not very many years ago at all, parachute cord was discovered to be one of the most versatile types of rope available - it’s remarkably strong considering it is also highly flexible and the texturing gives it great grip. It can be used to create toys, tools, traps and more, and below you will find instructions on tying a few of our favorite paracord knots.

 

Paracord Monkey Fist Knot

When figuring how to tie a monkey fist knot with paracord, the size of the ball used (if you use one at all) will determine how many passes to run when completing the pattern. Otherwise, the following steps will still work, but just be aware that using a larger ball will require a little extra work. Also, if this is your first time making knots with paracord, you might want to start with one or two of the other knots on this page. To make a monkey fist knot:

  1. Loop paracord about three times around your fingersmonkeyfist1
  2. On fourth loop, pinch bottom with thumb to prepare perpendicular loopsmonkeyfist2
  3. Pass paracord three times perpendicular to first loopsmonkeyfist3
  4. Transition to two fingers and insert weight (marble or ball of some sort) into the middle of the loopsmonkeyfist4
  5. Remove fingers from insidemonkeyfist5
  6. Make horizontal alternating passes through first loopsmonkeyfist6monkeyfist6p1monkeyfist6p2monkeyfist6p3monkeyfist6p4
  7. Check to make sure there are three strands on all sides at this point
  8. Cinch out all the slack by pulling each slacked loop one at a timemonkeyfist8
  9. Knot additional line however you prefermonkeyfist9

 

Paracord Snare Knot (Poacher’s Snare)

This is the kind of knot that you wear your paracord bracelet for as its usefulness will actually help you to catch a meal in seriously uncertain times.

  1. Start by making a simple loopsnareknot1
  2. Pinch the overlap and wrap the top paracord two times around your fingersnareknot2
  3. Run the working end through the large loop and through the top loop wrapped around your fingersnareknot3
  4. Pull the loop and ends to cinch the knotsnareknot4

 

Paracord Half Hitch

The half hitch is a useful knot in that it’s quick to tie, easy to remember and can secure your cord to an anchor like hanging line or tie downs. Like the snare knot, it is a constrictor knot, but the half hitch’s utility is better suited to stationary objects.

  1. Circle your anchor point with the paracordhalfhitch1
  2. Run short end over and under main line and tightenhalfhitch2halfhitch2p1
  3. Pass end under main line and leave slightly loosehalfhitch3
  4. Pass end through the small loop created in #3halfhitch4
  5. Hold end and pull mainline to secure

 

Paracord Lanyard Knot (Diamond Knot)

Although the need for having a lanyard around a flashlight or knife might not be readily apparent, they are an absolute necessity when working somewhere high up, near a cliff, by a body of water or anywhere else it would be near impossible to find the tool if dropped.

  1. Fold cord in half at its midpoint and put your weak hand’s middle finger through itlanyardknot1
  2. With the right-side line, make an overhand looplanyardknot2
  3. Pinch where the loop crosses and rotate away from you one half a rotationlanyardknot3
  4. Pull the bottom line through the loop to create anotherlanyardknot4
  5. Make the left-side end run under the right-side linelanyardknot5
  6. With the same end, push it through the loop created in #4lanyardknot6
  7. Pull that same end until most of the slack is gone but the paracord is still looped around your middle fingerlanyardknot7
  8. Take the left end and wrap under the right end then through the middle hole from the underside, then pull all the way throughlanyardknot8
  9. Wrap the right end around the top and run through the center hole from the underside and pull all the way throughlanyardknot9
  10. Finish the knot by holding the two ends and pulling tight away from your middle fingerlanyardknotxp1lanyardknotxp2

 

If there are any specific kinds of paracord knots that you would like to see instructions for, let me know in the comments below!

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