selection of paracord knots

3 paracord knots that you need to know

Knowing how to tie an effective knot in your paracord is important for many reasons.

Whether you intend to use it for an outdoor adventure or indoor hobby, the chances are, you’ll need to tie a knot at some point. There are hundreds of paracord knots to choose from; each one slightly different and designed for a different purpose or activity. But here we take a look at the top three.

Grab some paracord, follow the tutorials and – before you know it – you’ll be tying knots like a pro!


1. Lanyard Knot

The Paracord Lanyard knot is also known as the Diamond Knot or Bosun’s Whistle Knot.

It’s a relatively small and simple one to do and it doesn’t use much cord; therefore, it’s a great choice if you only have a short length of paracord to work with. Essentially, it creates a fixed loop in the centre of the cord. The ends of the cord are, initially, joined together using a Carrick Bend Knot. Then, each end is wrapped around the outside of the Carrick Bend and pulled up through its centre.

Typically, the Lanyard Knot is chosen for decorative purposes – such as macrame patterns or to create a keychain, knife lanyard or jewellery. But it can also be used to make an effective stopper.


2. Monkey Fist Knot

This is a long-standing paracord knot, that resembles a monkey’s fist or paw (hence its name).

Monkey’s Fist Knots are created at the very end of the paracord. Traditionally, they’re used to weigh down heaving lines on a ship. But they’re also a fantastic decorative option and are increasingly used to make keychains, lanyards, door stopper weights and more.

The size of the knot itself will vary depending on the thickness of the paracord and the number of turns made. Tied around three fingers, it’s quite a tricky knot to master – and several attempts may be needed to ensure its perfectly round. In fact, to help attain its spherical shape, people often choose to add an object – such as a golf ball or marble – to the centre of the design.


3. Cobra Knot

Frequently referred to as the Snake Knot.

The Cobra Knot is one of the most common paracord knots – used for a wide range of practical and decorative purposes. There are two main ways to make it. The first involves creating a stack of alternating half hitches, which are tied around a core. The seconds involves repeating the same half hitch around the core, thus creating a stack of granny knots and producing a neat spiral.

Although the end result looks very complex, the Paracord Cobra Knot is actually very easy to tie. And as a beginner, it’s one that you should certainly add to your repertoire.


Get to grips with more paracords knots today

For further information on the paracord knots outlined above, we highly recommend visiting This is regarded as the no. 1 site for learning how to tie paracords. You can search for specific paracord knots by activity and type, discover lots of technical information, and watch step-by-step tutorials on almost 200 different paracord knots, hitches and braids. You can also find an excellent guide on tying knots – ‘Know your Knots’ – on our sister site, Ropes Direct.

So, why not have a go today?

Stock up on some high-quality paracords here at Paracords Direct and get started. And remember, if you have a question about paracord knots – or any of the paracords available in our store – you’re welcome to get in touch at any time. Either give us a call on 01692 668996 or send an email to and we’ll respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.


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