Introduction: How to Tie the Lanyard Knot

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Many people including myself have had trouble following the Stormdrane youtube video on tying the lanyard knot so i have done some research and found the solution!

Step 1: Materials

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All you need is a reasonable length of para cord or whatever you wish to use.

Step 2: First Step

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The first thing you are going to do is to make a bight that leaves you with to congruent ends.
Then you are going to put your ring finger through the bight.

Step 3: Starting the Knot

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Make a loop just like the one in the picture and place it over the top strand.
Bring the top strand under the bottom strand.

Step 4: The Most Important Part

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Now you take the top stand from the previous picture and feed it over the first part of the loop under itself and back over the remainder of the loop.

Step 5: Doubling

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Now take the bottom stand and take it around the part of the top strand nearest to the bight and than come up through the diamond shape in the middle.
Do the same for the top strand.

Step 6: Finishing

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When you take it off your finger it should look like this.
Work out the slack by pulling on the bight and the two strands.


Daitallica (author)2016-11-23

This is by far the easiest way I have seen to do this knot, thank you and well done!

alheatherly (author)2016-10-29

Great ible!! Thank you!

SailorBoy made it! (author)2015-06-15

I've had trouble in the past with paracord coming undone when working at hights. this knot seems to hold a lot better.
I had a bit of trouble with the doubling but I got it in the end.
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Bender Rodriguez made it! (author)2015-04-22

Another instructable for this dog leash suggested your lanyard knot. Works great, though I ended up tightening it one string at a time for an extra tight knot. I also added some superglue so the two spare strands (the ones that are just going through the center) don't slip through and actually add support. Fantastic instructable.

Jagstah (author)2014-05-27

The second picture in step 5 is not clear enough, possibly because the picture is too small.

scarruthers1 (author)2013-11-24

done in 1. Excellent instructions, thanks very much.

TheGeek1984 (author)2013-08-16

The first couple of times I tied this knot, I came back to go over your steps. And I could not for the life of me figure out how to make this knot slide in order to tighten a lanyard or drawstring. Until I realized that this knot is the same one that I saw to put some cord on my water bottle and it hit me, I can just put my loop through the center of the knot! And now I can tie it without instruction. It is fast becoming my favorite knot. Thank you!

ahimes (author)2013-06-14

THANK YOU!! this is by far superior to what I have found online! Great Job!!!

HempKnight (author)2013-05-11

Good going man, clear instructions, easy to follow, my lanyard (diamond) knot turned out absolutely perfect. many thanks bro!

craftyv (author)2012-12-27

I want to use this under a monkey's fist so I hope I can use the two strands leaving the fist as the bight. Here goes..

amijares castilleja (author)2012-12-06

Very helpfull

coolo52 (author)2012-04-09

i made this but i cant tighten it to look like that. any tips?

jolora (author)2011-11-08

How does this work for tying a lanyard knot in the middle of a very long rope, say 100 feet, with other lanyard knots tied in it? I cannot see feeding that much rope through the loops as this demonstration shows.

pootwaddle (author)jolora2011-12-02

jolora - one of the "tricks" to learn is to push a "bight" of cord through and then pull the long part through - fast and easy, with no extra twists to the cord.

wind the excess cord around a spool so you only have to pull a short bit through
each time....

dp mac (author)2011-09-23

i like, very good my apprentice

pyrosniperfreak (author)2011-09-09

BAM! Nailed it first try. Thanks a bunch! Great instructable!

Esque (author)2011-07-24

Absolutely the simplest, easiest tutorial for this knot I've found, and I've tried a few!!! Many thanks for posting this!!!

- D (author)2011-06-28

This is the best tutorial I've ever found. It even beats the videos easily. I couldn't get it with the others, it got with this one on the first try. Thanks for posting it.

furir (author)2011-06-19

This was the easiest way to tie this knot I've seen so far. Thanks for the tutorial.

Loenja (author)2011-02-02

this is the best tutorial i have found on the web, the others are too confusing, great work

adamtyoung (author)2011-01-14

Hmmm. Having trouble tightening it to look like this. Any tips?

bridgmicks (author)2010-12-17

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

ekcan (author)2010-11-28

These are the best instructions for the lanyard knot. Thank you so much!

Civbert (author)2010-10-06

Excellent. I've worked several approaches to this knot, and this one was the best.

Rebel Fan (author)2010-10-06

Easiest instructions on it so far. Thanks!

chi chi chippy (author)2010-08-28

ive been trying to tie this buy non of the videos seem to deminstrate it without a hand in the way. thanks for the ible, best lanyard knot tutorial

Shiseiji (author)2010-07-14

Eddy, thanks. Kuribosboots, as Stormdrain notes in his blog, there are many differences in how we all learn knots and there he provides several links to different lessons for this knot. Eddy has added another and obviously helped many. I find pictures with multi-colored strands and a single bend at a time helps my poor simple mind a lot. See if this helps: Select "Fifty knots" on the left and then #27 I struggle with orientation more now than I used to. Age I guess. So I copied/pasted the pictures into PowerPoint (or Open Office Presenter) and then rotated them 180 degrees so the orientation is the same as if I was holding a completed sinnet band with the working ends running away from me.

GIJohn (author)2010-06-05

Thanks for the ring finger tip, makes it that much easier.

henhan (author)2010-04-18

this is the best.tied it the first time!

eddy14777 (author)henhan2010-04-26

I'm glad i could help!

nk97 (author)2010-04-13

Nicely done! I found out how to tie one, but with just one strand (without doubling it). Your 'ible showed me how to do it with two strands. Goog job. 

eddy14777 (author)nk972010-04-15

I'm glad i could help!

maoddo (author)2010-02-09

Great piece! I struggled with this knot for hours trying to follow  various instructions and videos. I was able to complete the knot the first time using this< Thanks!

eddy14777 (author)maoddo2010-02-09

I'm glad i could help!

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