How to Tie a Lanyard Knot

The lanyard knot creates a fixed loop in the middle of a small rope or paracord. It’s used for lanyards, to join two ropes or as a stopper in bracelets.

The lanyard knot is a decorative knot also known as the diamond knot, knife lanyard knot, Bosun’s whistle knot, and friendship knot.

Quick Tying Guide: Making a Lanyard Knot

Lanyard Knot Step by step

To make a lanyard knot, start by creating a rope loop. Then, encircle the loop and pass part of the rope through the loop. Next, pass the end through the new loop. Then, take it up and pass it through the first loop. Finally, take the other end through the loop, hold the big loop with one hand, and pull the ends of the rope tight.

The Lanyard Knot’s Interesting History

While the lanyard knot seems simple, it has a rich history. Its first known use dates back to the 1700s, when French sailors used it to tie knives and tools around their necks so they could fix rigging on their ships. The knot freed up their hands, making it easier for them to climb and work.

The lanyard knot then became popular with the French military who used it to hold swords and other weapons in place. Soon after, the British and American militaries adopted the use of the lanyard knot.

Other Types of Decorative Knots

Crown Sinnet—The crown sinnet is a series of crown knots that make a decorative pattern, often utilized for bracelets and keychains.

Carrick Bend Mat—The tying technique for the Carrick Bend Mat utilizes rope and one knot to create a continuous mat, which is popular for decorative purposes.

Double Matthew Stopper Knot—This knot has many uses, including creating a stopper, keeping the rope from unraveling, and for decorative purposes.

Chain Sinnet—The chain sinnet creates a series of loops in the middle of a rope or cord. While climbers use it to shorten rope, it’s also common in bracelet making.

Lanyard Knot

Step 1:

Lanyard Knot Step 1

Make a rope loop and then encircle it with the rope.

Step 2:

Lanyard Knot Step 2

 Pass part of the rope through the loop.

Step 3:

Lanyard Knot Step 3

Pass the rope’s end through the new loop.

Step 4:

Lanyard Knot Step 4

Take up the end of the rope.

Step 5:

Lanyard Knot Step 5

Pass the end through the new loop.

Step 6:

Lanyard Knot Step 6

Take the other rope end through the loop.

Step 7:

Lanyard Knot Step 7

Hold the big loop with one hand and pull the ends with the other.

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