This instructional will show you how to make a wrist paracord lanyard using  the cobra weave. This can be used to secure a key chain, knife, mutitool, camera, or cell phone, etc.

para lanyard 1 para lanyard 2   You will need about 5 to 7 feet of paracord. I buy my 7-strand paracord on

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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.

para lanyard 4   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.

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For this example, I will be measuring the wrist loop at about 7 inches from the attachment. You can adjust size if needed.

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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.

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Continue knotting until you reach about 8 full knots. The knots should be uniform from one end to the other. Tie each knot with the same tension to keep the them all the same size.

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You continue until you have 8 unless you included extra length at the beginning, then you could make it longer by adding more knots.

Time to trim the ends!

para lanyard 11   Use scissors to trim the excess cord and quickly melt the ends with a lighter to prevent fraying. If you are using a very bright or light color like neon lemon paracord shown here, I suggest melting the ends using the blue part of the flame. What this does is it helps the ends that you melted not turn a dark red color. Using the red part of the flame on a dark color is okay because the colors  just blend together and are less noticeable.

para lanyard 12  That it… Pretty cool huh!


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