How to make a paracord wrist lanyard using the cobra weave

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This tutorial will show you how to make a wrist lanyard using paracord and the cobra weave. This can be used to secure a key chain, knife, mutitool, camera, or cell phone, etc. I give all credit to Stormdrane  for the cobra weave. He was the first person to make an instructables using the cobra.
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Step 1: Gather supplies

You will need about 5 feet of paracord. I buy my 7-strand paracord on eBay and sometimes from the Supply Captain. I like keeping the iner strands in my paracord, but you can take them out if you so desire. Scissors, tape measure, lighter, and a key chain hook.

Step 2: Find the center of the length of cord

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Take the center of the length of cord and put it through whatever attachment you used. I used a swivel clip, mostly because I had it on hand and all my other key ring were already being used. For this instructable, I will be measuring the wrist loop at about 7 inches from the attachment.

Step 3: Making the knots

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The knot used for making the wrist lanyard has a few different names such as the cobra stitch, Solomon bar, or Portuguese sinnet. Take the right side cord and bring it under the two center cords. Now take the left side cord under the right side cord, over the center strands, and through the loop of the left side cord. You have now completed your first half knot. .Take the cord on the left and bring it under the two center cords. Now take the right side chord under the left side cord, over the center strands, and through the loop of the left side cord. Pull the cords tight until they are up against the swivel clip. Pull the cords tight (not too tight, just until they meet the resistance of the knot.)  You have now completed a knot. You will continue to do the alternating left and right sides as you go on. If you don't alternate you will soon notice a twisting of knots, just undo the last knot and tie it right.
RhodimasPrime8 months ago
Fantastic guide nice and concise. looks fab on my keys and made a wicked present to add to a gift box for my bro
Amylfw1 year ago
I'm new to paracord projects. Your choice of a bright colored cord made it easy to see the process. Thanks for a straightforward instructable.
first knot can be a bit tricky but easy enough! i wanna do full-length neck lanyards next
zpickel1 year ago
Very easy to follow instructions. Looks great on my compass!
do'connor21 year ago
Nicely done. Yellow is a better color for demo, thanks. I think this is nice, with the modification above, for the much-needed pulls on pelican clips and snap shackles on my sailboat.
BLUEBLOBS2 (author)  do'connor21 year ago
Thanks for the nice comment. The reason I picked yellow is because it's my favorite color and because it was the only color paracord I had lying around at the time.
dwk872 years ago
I took your design and changed it a little.
Use a carabiner in place of the clip, after doing the cobra braid, remove the carabiner and pull on the middle pieces, it will end up looking like the picture below.

The lanyard on the left is 5ft of cord (6in long), the one on the right is 6ft and somewhere between 8-9" long.
I plan to use these on keychains. They could also be used to hang on bags or use as zipper pulls
BLUEBLOBS2 (author)  dwk871 year ago
That looks very nice. I don't think I could make one that looks that good. I've kinda gotten out of the practice.
dwk87 dwk872 years ago
Left is the bottom, sorry. I forgot to rotate the picture.
just made one! so quick and easy yet looks cool and very useful, I used one of them round keychains and the scraps of paracord from another project. Overall a great instructable with sensible pictures
bottley2 years ago
Here is one I made out of an extra shoe lace. Instead of burning each end I laced the ends back up through the middle of the weave and pulled it tight to keep it in place. Nice instructable.
BLUEBLOBS2 (author)  bottley2 years ago
Nicely done!
sieramolly2 years ago
This is great, and looks easy to make as well. Could come in very handy . Nice job.
BLUEBLOBS2 (author)  sieramolly2 years ago
Thanks for the nice comment. Once you get the hang of the cobra, it is very easy to tie. Even though it doesn't hold a lot of cord, it can still be used for survival. I hope you make one and I'd love to see a picture if you do so.