Ultimate Paracord Knots Guide (What You Need to Know)

Although tying paracord knots can be enjoyable, it can also be a difficult endeavor for someone who is new. It can take some time to figure out what to do to achieve the best outcomes.

Here, in this paracord knots guide are some paracord knots you can learn quickly, and they’ll likely come in handy when you’re in a survival situation.

“Parachute cord” is abbreviated as “paracord.” Paracords were originally designed to be used as suspension lines for parachutes, particularly during World War II.

Nylon kernmantle, which is very strong, resilient, and flexible for ideal tensile strength, is used to make paracords. This cord is designed to withstand a significant amount of weight and tension without breaking, making it essential in a variety of scenarios where lives are at stake.

Paracord was first utilized by airborne units and divisions for harnesses, containment tools, tying equipment, and securing nets. 

Military personnel and astronauts frequently use paracord even today. Although nylon is the military’s preferred material for paracord, polyester is also used in some versions.

Uses For Paracord Video

Cobra Knot

coba knot paracord

Military personnel frequently employ the cobra knot. The knot is ideal for usage as a Girth Hitch whenever a pull-ring is applied to it. The cobra knot is a simple knot to master. To make the knot, start by gathering two different paracords.

  • Fold the smaller cording piece in half. Tie a tight knot around the smaller piece near the fold in the center of the longer piece. Mark the end of the left side of the long piece of cording with tape. This will assist you in remembering which way to tie the knots.
  • Bring the left strand (the one you marked) over the middle and then behind the right strand to begin your first cobra stitch knot. After that, bring the right strand (the one that isn’t marked) behind the center and through the left-side loop. A pretzel-style knot should be tied around the middle strands. Bring the knot all the way to the top.
  • Bring the right strand (the one you marked) over the middle and under the left strand to form the next knot. Bring the right strand through the loop on the right and under the middle. Tighten the knot after that. This completes one full repeat of the cobra stitch, and the pattern is just beginning to emerge.
  • Repeat the previous step to produce a full cobra stitch, starting with the marked strand. Bring the left piece under the right piece and over the middle. Bring the right piece through the left loop and under the center.
  • Apply a little glue between the strands on the last knot with a toothpick to secure the end of your knotting. Allow the glue to cure before tightening the knot.
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Fishtail Knot

fishtail paracord knot
Making a fishtail knot is relatively easy. You will need at least 10 feet of paracord to make this work.
  • Connect the paracord to the buckle and check the fit on your wrist. Simply melt the ends together to produce a two-color paracord bracelet. It’s worth noting that making this braid on a paracord jig is much easier.

  • Place the first piece of paracord in the middle of the two center colors. Go over the, in between the two centerpieces of paracord, up around the far piece, and back in between the two centerpieces of paracord with the second piece of paracord. It’s important to remember that both ends of the paracord should always finish up on the same side.

  • Bring the first piece of paracord over the top, in between the two paracord pieces, up around, and back in between the two paracord pieces. It’s important to remember to pull the slack after each braid.

  • Go in between the centerpieces of paracord, up around, and back into the centerpieces of paracord with the second piece of paracord, so you end up on the same side you started on.

  • Continue braiding the Fishtail Knot until you reach the opposite buckle, remembering to pull the slack out after each braid and ensuring that you finish up on the same side each time. Cut and melt the ends of the paracord once you’ve reached the other buckle. The Fishtail Paracord Bracelet is now finished.

Monkey Fist Knot

monkey fist paracord knot

This is a tough knot to tie, especially for a novice. However, if you wish to try your hand at it, you are welcome to do so. It will look fantastic on your hand as a bracelet, but most people wear it since it can be used to defend themselves.

If you would like, you can even use a heavier ball for improved self-defense.

It will take three sets of wraps to achieve your goal of a paracord monkey fist bracelet.

  • To begin, wrap the paracord vertically around the ball.
  • Do it horizontally, then vertically again, but this time make sure the rope is wrapped directly around the core underneath the previous vertical wrap. Avoid making unbalanced side passes. All sides should have the same number of equal sides.
  • After you’ve finished tying your knot, you’ll need to tighten it. Locate each knot and pull the slack tighter to tighten the knot. To get the bracelet tight, you must draw the slack on all sides. Your monkey fist bracelet is ready to wear once you’ve tightened all six edges.

Here is our article on the top 24 of the best DIY paracord bracelet patterns for survival.


Common Paracord Mistakes

Making a mistake with the knot. To keep paracord bracelets in place, they must have a knot at the end. You must untie the knot at the end of the bracelet to disassemble it. 

Melting too much off of the end. Most knots require a little melting at the ends during or after they are tied to make them neater. Some amateurs, on the other hand, frequently ruin their bracelets by melting them too much. To avoid the fire burning too much of the paracord away, try not to apply too high heat.

Not connecting the two ends properly. You should learn how to utilize two different paracords in a single project to get the two ends right. You’ll need to melt the two ends together to get the fusion to work properly. If you don’t do it correctly, the bracelet will injure your hand while you wear it.

Purchasing tiny quantities of paracord. Beginners frequently make the mistake of purchasing little lengths of paracord, only to run out of cord when it’s time to build the bracelet. You’ll need a lot of paracord to get the feel of working with it, so buy a lot so you can practice again and over.

You are skipping ahead of the instructions. It’s possible to be too excited to see how your bracelet turns out. Make sure that you are following each and every instruction carefully.

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To Conclude

If you skip any of the directions, your knots will be messed up, and you will not be able to complete your bracelet successfully.

Your paracord bracelet could save your life, so make sure you tie the knots correctly.

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1 thought on “Ultimate Paracord Knots Guide (What You Need to Know)”

  1. I looked for this post for my spouse, and he enjoyed it. He’s tried a few from this paracord knots guide in preparation for our next camp, and there’s something for everyone’s ability and experience level. I strongly recommend it.


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