Introduction: Paracord Cross-Knot Cross

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I got this idea off of Stormdrane's instructable cross knot paracord lanyard, there is a cross using the same knot which appears that he ran another bit of cord underneath the vertical of his cross to create the horizontal limbs.

I wanted to go about a paracord cross a bit differently, I wanted to create a cross without having to cut and singe the ends until I had finished the piece. I tried tying reversed versions of these knots with the 'how everyone teaches it' or "proper" way to tie cross knots (There are really 4 different configurations that look very similar). I went about it using this approach to attempt to make a cross by alternating between the two configurations. This turned out to be a total flop and I apologize I don't have a picture of what it looked like but the best few words to describe it would be jumbled, a mess, and twisted.

I moved on and thought about trying to make a ninja star shape out of paracord (yes as whimsical as it sounds it would not work nearly as well as the metal blades that were truly defined as shurikens.) As I was developing a ninja star to go with my future-planned paracord ninja nunchucks, I realized that I could re-visit my previous idea about a paracord cross and make one. I discovered this looks quite nice so here is the product of that work.

Step 1: Materials

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-Paracord (I had roughly 4' to start with but it ended up using a couple inches less than 2')
-Scissors
-Pliers for adjusting the knots
-Lighter to singe the ends

Step 2: Cross Knot

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This is how everyone teaches this knot. I have created a faster way of tying this knot, because it keeps the cordage held in place a little better. Move on to step 3 to see more

Step 3: Loop Around the Fingers

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I am right handed but through-out tying this knot I use my left hand to thread the working end under and through the bights.

Start by off setting the cordage by 4"-6" of the center, and put the shorter end in the palm. To begin I look at the strand on the inside of the hand for this and I think to myself "over, under, under." It is the same as two twists to the left and one twist to the right.

Step 4: Around and Under

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The working end is now on the inside of the hand if the twist is pinched between the pinky and ring finger. Spread the middle and ring finger apart then loop it underneath to create a pinched bight around the ring finger made from the non working end.

Step 5: Around and Up

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Thread the paracord up through the first bight around the index finger.

Step 6: Final Loop

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Thread the working end into the top of the bight on the ring finger.

Step 7: Tighten and Adjust

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Tighten and adjust. I like to leave a loop about the size of the knot. Use some needle nose pliers to work some of the slack out to create a nice firm knot.

Step 8: Starting the Next Knot

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Start with the knot on the inside. Tie the same knot

Step 9: Add Another

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Tighten, adjust and repeat the knot in the same manner.

Step 10: Starting the Bottom

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Leave the strands uncrossed and wrap around the fingers like the last knots and tie, tighten, and adjust three knots in a row.

Step 11: Cut Melt and Smooth

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Cut the excess paracord off. I like to leave an eighth of an inch to melt with the lighter

Step 12: Finished

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You have created a paracord cross. Add it to a keychain or necklace or gut the paracord to make a bookmark. Try different variations like a double and press that "I made it" button if you have made it.

Thanks for reading!

PS. Here is Version 2 Paracord Cross Knot Cross

Comments

Miguel quiros made it! (author)2015-10-17

I loved

That looks fantastic! Nice work!

ladawns505 made it! (author)2015-08-29

my first attempt...

Noble_Knight (author)ladawns5052015-09-02

hey that looks fantastic!

ladawns505 (author)Noble_Knight2015-09-04

Thank you :)

wndrwmn84 made it! (author)2016-03-16

Am I the only one who had no idea what they were getting into when they started this project? Lol

Noble_Knight (author)wndrwmn842016-03-22

Where is the huge thumbs up button?! That looks awesome! I love what you did with the leading ends!

brod0331 made it! (author)2016-02-16

Great job! Here's my spin on it.

Noble_Knight (author)brod03312016-02-16

That looks like stormdrane's version. Do you Loop it behind one of the knots to hold the shape in place?

brod0331 (author)Noble_Knight2016-02-17

Yes tie the first knot then run it behind then continue on.

Noble_Knight (author)2015-09-02

Have a version 2 coming soon I need to just make the Instructable

ladawns505 (author)2015-08-29

anoos5 (author)2015-06-27

how do you make the one with 2 strands like the one in the first pic?

Noble_Knight (author)anoos52015-06-27

Just hold the two strands like you would one. Tie one knot-don't tighten it; then adjust it so that the the knot lies flat, with no twists, in the cross which is on the "backside" of the knot.

Noble_Knight (author)2015-05-20

It takes me 2 mins to make one and tighten as you go. The slack can be pulled out at the end. I recommend trying to leave a bit of room for the loops.

JoelC5 (author)2015-05-14

Where do you start tightening the first set of loops?

laura.mccready.3 (author)2014-12-28

About how long does it take you to make one?

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

I like your Instructable

Thank you so much for sharing

Rima

Noble_Knight (author)SparkySolar2014-10-25

You are welcome it's my pleasure for sharing

watchmeflyy (author)2014-07-15

The finger-work is really interesting!

Noble_Knight (author)watchmeflyy2014-07-15

Have you tried it yet? I think it is easier to wrap around the fingers than to hold it in place and tie it. Try it out and let m know if you like it better.

watchmeflyy (author)Noble_Knight2014-07-16

Yep; finger method is better, not to mention more fun. Thanks for the tutorial!

Noble_Knight (author)watchmeflyy2014-07-16

Sure no problem! There will be more ibles on paracord to come

jessyratfink (author)2014-07-15

Very nice!

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