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Guide To Paracord Knots

A strong and durable paracord is part of the staple diet of every true survivor and their backback!

As indicated in the name, they were originally created for paratroopers during World World II. They demonstrated such amazing qualities that they are still valued by many people, even today.

To truly learn what the paracord is and explore all its fascinating qualities, we encourage you to dive into this amazing world of the paracord knots with us!

In this article, you will be shown the ultimate guide to paracord knots, and we challenge you to try to make them as soon as you finish reading. Enjoy!

What makes paracord so special?

Paracord demonstrates excellent resistance to any outside action, making it the safest and cheapest cord that you can get on the market now. The primary field of application of a paracord in camping and survival is, actually, for everything!

You can use paracord in emergencies, daily survival tasks, crafts, constructing an emergency shelter in the wilderness and many more activities.

Paracords can also be used to create hunting tools and weapons, like the slingshot or spear. Those who possess a paracord in the wilderness will certainly be very safe!

And, of course, you will never go starving. Paracord is very easy to use, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick you can tie and untie a paracord, even if you are a newbie.

Types of Paracord Knots

Paracord knots are used in many different areas: you will need to know them if you are interested in climbing, preparing to go on a dangerous mountain trip, or want to take your survival skills to the next level.

Memorizing paracord knots will help could ensure the survival of yourself and your friends in the very toughest of conditions.

Knots for Beginners

Below, we’ve gathered our favorite paracord knots to give you an idea of how to get started with some tasteful variety!

Half Hitch Knot

This is one of the easiest knots to perform – the common constrictor knot. To create this knot, wrap your paracord around the anchor point and determine your main line and end line.

Take the end line, wrap it around the chosen main line, and throw the end line on the side of the loop. Now tie the knot and you are good to go!

Cat’s Paw Knot

This is an easy to assemble knot that is used for attaching something to hooks, metal rings, swivels, or any other round objects. To make this knot, you need to take your paracord and fold it in half.

Now, you have loose ends and a bight. You need to make two loops with the bight side of your paracord and twist it at least three times. This way, you will make your loops very secure.

In the end, you need to have two big loops and three small ones under the big ones. So, eight in total. Now you can put two big loops on your hook and tighten up.

Slip Knot

Another classic knot that is very easy to learn how to do and even easier to tie. A slip knot is a universal knot that will help you to tie up everything.

You can attach this knot to a branch, or a stick, or any other object you need to throw a loop on.

To make this knot, firstly, create a bight with your paracord. Now you need to grab one end of the cord and wrap it around the bight, creating two loops: the original one and the one created by your paracord’s end.

Now wrap the end of the paracord around the original loop once more, making the second wrap inside the new loop. Hold the original loop and pull the ends of the paracord to tighten the knot. Done!

Bracelet Knots

A paracord bracelet can be a beautiful accessory that will complement your athletic outfit on your trip. Most importantly, however, these bracelets are made for one vital purpose: to have a paracord on hand at any time.

You will not lose your precious piece of paracord if you have it on your arm, and you can easily untie it when you need it.

Monkey’s Fist

Oh, what a beautiful knot that looks more like a knitting creation than a simple knot!

You will need an extra ball to create this knot, but it is a decorative one, so no big deal. So, to make this knot, you will need to take your paracord and make three turns around four fingers.

Your thumb should hold the paracord while you are making the turns. Next, take off the newly created loops from your fingers while holding them carefully. Now take the free end of your paracord and wrap your loops around two times.

Then, pass the end through the loop and wrap it around the new section (the one where we wrapped the original loops) three times. And the last part is to put a ball inside a created knot and tighten it up.

Fisherman’s Knot

You have it in the name. This knot was created for fishing purposes, but nowadays, you can use it everywhere. It is a very strong knot, so you can be secure about it even in extreme circumstances.

To make this knot, you need two pieces of paracord. Take one cord and make a small loop around the second cord. Next, you need to put the second cord’s end into the loop, but do not tighten it yet.

Next, take cord one, make exactly the same loop with this paracord around the second cord, and put its end (of the first paracord) into the loop.

Now you can tug on shorter ends of both paracords and tighten the knot. A simple and quick knot.

You can also view the double fisherman's knot in the diagram, above!

Lanyard Knots

These knots can be used for decorative purposes, but you will find that lanyard knots provide everything you expect from an excellent sturdy knot too.

As an added bonus, they have very attractive exteriors and give the impression that you really know what you’re doing!

Diamond Knot

Sometimes this knot is called a lanyard knot, pointing to its essence. It is a harder knot to execute, so you may need some practice before you get it perfect. You will need one paracord for this knot.

To start the process, make a small loop in the middle of your cord.

Create a new loop with the left side (make it as big as you need, because it will be the loop you will use in the end) of your cord and pass a part of this loop through the original one.

Then, pass the left end of your paracord through the new loop and take it up. Continue working with the left end – you need to put it into the original loop and pass it through.

Now take the right end of the paracord and pass it through the original loop. Hold the new, big loop tightly and pull the ends.

Barrel Knot

This one is also known as a stopper knot. It is very easy to do, even for those beginners amongst our readers.

You will need one piece of paracord for this knot.

Take the end of your cord and create a loop with it. Make another loop with the cord’s end and then insert the cord’s end into both loops. Now just pull the ends tight and here you made a barrel knot!

Keychain Knots

You can use some of the knots we’ve reviewed earlier as a knot for your keychain. For example, the monkey’s fist or a diamond knot. This part of the guide will provide you with one additional option, the trilobite knot.

Trilobite Knot

This decorative knot can also look very good on bracelets or any other accessories. It is a simple knot, but it looks very impressive, so we definitely recommend you to try it out!

Firstly, take two long paracords and fold them in half. You will need a hook to put bights on them because it will make the knot-making process a lot easier and faster for you. Now, you have two outer cords and two inner cords.

To start the process, take the outer right cord and put it under the left one. The inner cords are now under the right one.

Now you need to take the outer left cord and pass it below the inner cords, and then put it through the outer right one.

Your next step is to loop the outer cords around their counterparts. Then pass the right outer cord under the inner ones and through the left one.

Hoop it again, around the left cord, and keep repeating the process until you are satisfied with the result.

Survival Knots

Many different things can happen in the great outdoors and wilderness, so knowing one or two emergency knots for your survival could be crucial.

Technically, all the knots we’re talking about today can be used for survival purposes, but this one is particularly important. Let’s learn about it!

Handcuff Knot

You can form two loops with this one, and you can quickly handcuff someone (if you need to do this), or use it for any other fastening-based reason.

So, let’s start making it.

Take one paracord and make two big loops in the middle of it. Now, pass the inner sides of the loops through each other and form two new loops of the desired size.

Be careful to avoid creating uneven loops. When you are happy with the size of your loops, just tighten them to finish the process. And here you have a completed knot!

Decorative Knots

Simply for decorative purposes, these knots are both beautiful and reliable. Do not underestimate them because they can do so much more for you than just look good.

Double Coin Knot

These are some of the oldest decorative knots known to humanity, and look great on bracelets, keychains, or even as stopper knots. They are advanced level knots, but trust us, you will quickly master them.

Take one cord and make a medium loop on the right. Take the right end of the cord and make a new loop, perpendicular to the first one. Keep working with the right end of the cord.

You need to pass it in this direction: under the right side of the second loop, below the right side of the first loop, under the left side of the second loop, below the left side of the first loop.

And now pull both ends to create a knot.

That’s it!

Turk’s Head Knot

A hard one, but a fabulous one! The Turk’s Head Knot is an excellent ornamental knot that looks both cool and reliable. You can use it to make a spear, a stone knife, or just use it as decoration.

To make this knot, you will need a cord and a stick or any other item you want to tie the knot on to. Determine the front side and wrap your cord around the stick to create an “X” letter on the front side.

Next, grab the end of your cord that is on the opposite side, and pass it from below and to the upper part of your “X.”

Now pass it through the other part (left one) of your “X” and wrap the stick with this end of a cord to have it on the front side again.

Now you need to flip the structure, and position the backside in front of you. Pass the working end from below the upper part of an “X.”

Next, flip your stick again and interweave the working end of your cord under the right upper part of the original “X.” Take it out and repeat all the steps to make double or triple braids.

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