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Paracord Knots Guide : Learning The Basics

While now commonly used as a fashion and survival gear, paracord knots are relevant not just because of its many uses, but also because of it being a key skill for survival. Its uses is only limited by one’s imagination and weaving skills, since it is very handy, designed to unravel quickly, and can serve different purposes depending on how the user wants to use the paracord knot.

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What is a paracord knot?

Paracord knots, which also known as parachute cord knots, derived its name from being commonly used as the suspension line of parachutes. It is a strong but lightweight nylon rope, and is incredibly resistant to abrasions, rotting, mildew, and UV fading. Its properties is quite unique, displaying a smooth and elastic property that not a lot of cords possess.

Uses of paracord knots

Paracord knot tying is a must-have is a must-have skill, and is something that preppers on the go and DIY survivalists need to learn. It is widely used for tying knots – usually by climbers, people in the military, and for rescue and survival operations. But there is also a percentage of people who use knots for paracord to make bracelets, belts, and other decorative items. It has so many uses, so which enabled it to become a craze in the recent years.

It can be used as a piece of rope when travelling outdoors, and acts as a multi-tool that can offer convenience. Paracord knots are easy to weave and tie, and can be very useful for the average user.

Common mistakes in paracord knot tying

Knotting paracords can be really fun activity to do, but for beginners, it might come off as a little challenging. While paracord knot tying may sometimes become complicated as one may think, it is incredibly doable and easy to learn.

But even though with instructions, beginners inevitably commit mistakes in how to make a paracord knot. First timers, who have no idea what are the best types of paracords to use, usually buy small amounts or the wrong types of paracord.

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Creating a wrong paracord knot can also happen, and beginners might tend to go ahead of the instructions. This causes them to miss out small details, and end up messing the entire project. Improper measurements can also cause problems, and the project may end up with having too much cord or the lack of it.

It also takes patience to learn how to use a paracord knot, since some people who start the process and follow instructions properly just end up getting lazy and become nonchalant about it. Aside from missing small yet important details, they might also be careless about the kind of paracord or the type of not they are trying to achieve, which will cause a total failure in the project.

Learning how to make a paracord knot for beginners

Beginners who want to know how to tie a paracord knot can start by learning the simple ones in order to progress.

The lanyard knot, a type of a paracord knot, begins by folding it in half. Its end should be pointing upward and is oriented vertically. After that, the loop should be made to point towards the right, and its tail should be pointing to the left. Take note that the loop should be a few inches from the top fold, and the tail should be sloped horizontally under the left end of the paracord.

This left end of the paracord should be folded into a loop as well, but should be pointing to the left. The tail, like the first one, should also be horizontal. However, it is important that it is situated in front of the right loop. Always remember that both loops are of the same height.

Following this step, insert the left-hand strand through the back of the left loop. Take the strand, and move it to the back of the said loop and out so that it is facing you, then point it upwards. Do this to the right-hand strand as well, inserting it in the right loop. The strands should all be pointing upwards and are parallel to each other.

For the final step, all cords should be pulled to finally tighten the knot. First, gather the two cords on the top with one hand, and the two remaining cords in the other. Pull them slowly in order to tighten it up. Make sure to adjust the paracord knot so that it is symmetrical.

Aside from the lanyard knot, another way on how to knot a paracord would be the cobra knot, which is widely used by military personnel. It starts by gathering two different paracords, and holding them straight with the fingers alongside each other.

Next, take hold of the left cord and form a loop with it. The remaining cord should then be behind both of the main strings. The right string is placed underneath the left one, and then over the left string’s loop. Like in the lanyard knot, the knot should be pulled tightly.

There are still other ways on how to tie a paracord, and any beginner who wants to learn can just search it in the internet in order to expand their knowledge.

But before getting to knotting paracords, it is important that one should be careful in buying it. It should be durable and safe to use, so users should invest properly. You must have a paracord knot that you can depend on, and to make it, you should use quality products.


To conclude, learning how to make parachute cord knots is survival skill that can definitely save you in times of peril. There are a lot of paracord knot tying techniques that you can learn, and can be used in different purposes – whether it be for survival or for fun.

Because knotting paracords can become confusing and difficult, it might be a little frustrating for beginners who are just learning how to tie a paracord knot, but it is definitely fun and rewarding once you are able to succeed in making one. Paracord knot tying is an enjoyable activity that can be done by all ages, and once one masters how to make a paracord knot, all the frustrations and stress will be gone.

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