Making a Barnacle Knot Lanyard

Posted by Stacy on 4/16/2013

This lanyard is made using 2 different types of knots which makes it a little bit different for other lanyard tutorials.  The first know it a barnacle knot which give you the loop at the top and the second is the cobra knot which brings this lanyard all together.


How To- Barnacle Knot_Cobra Stitch Lanyard (Paracord project) Speaker 1: Hello, youtube. Farmer Diddley here. This is going to be a how-to video. Iím going to show how to make this particular lanyard, or key fob, watch fob, whatever you want to call it. This end is known as a barnacle knot. Then I have it coming down and looping around back on itself, covered by a cobra stitch. This particular knot I learned about last night. Itís a video on the youtube channel ďTying it all Together,Ē where he shows how to make this knot. So, it looked pretty cool and I figured I could incorporate it into some type of lanyard [Inaudible 00:00:44] sticking out of maybe the top of your pocket, or the whole thing sticking out of your pocket, and you can stick your finger in there and pull it out. So, itís probably lots of other uses as well. Again, I thought this was a pretty cool knot and wanted to incorporate it into some type of lanyard [Inaudible 00:01:01] down on the ends and Iím going to show you now just how to make this.

The first thing you need is six to eight feet of brown or tan paracord, and with that you make this barnacle knot. You have two ends, one a fairly short end, maybe about six to nine inches long, and then the other end, you have a couple of feet left over. Iím not going to show how to make the barnacle knot. You guys can go and check out the ďTying it all TogetherĒ channel. If youíre into paracord, you need to subscribe to that channel. Heís got some great stuff on there. To make this piece, I want you to go there and learn how to make it from that channel.

Once youíve done that, youíll come back here. Weíll have this barnacle knot with these two ends coming off of it. Again, one is about six to nine inches long, and the other is a couple of feet left over. The entire length that I started with Ö you could probably get away with about six feet. I think I might have started with about eight feet. I tend to like to use extra paracord. Iíd rather have too much than too little. Some folks may think thatís a bit of a waste, but Iíd rather waste a little paracord than waste my time by coming up too short and not having enough paracord to finish the knot. Just my [Inaudible 00:02:28].

You need six to eight feet of tan, or whatever color paracord youíre going to use for that. Tie the barnacle knot and you also need another about two or three feet of the same color paracord, the same amount of your secondary color, and then you fuse those two ends together with a match or a lighter. Iím going to show how to do that. Iíll need you to see more melting of the ends together, so Iíll show how to do that.

Then finally, [Inaudible 00:03:04]. We need a [Inaudible 00:03:06] or some type of clip, if you want, or you could just leave this piece a little bit longer and use that to tie on to your keychain, or your knife. What you do here Ö like I said, Iím going to make one thatís going to be the same size as this. You take the shorter of the ends coming off the barnacle knot. If this is going to be your overall length, about here, you want to go halfway in between your barnacle knot and where your final length is going to be. You want to go about halfway in between, so not have to be exact, and cut it. [Inaudible 00:03:46].

Then you want to take the longer end and go to the length that you want this to be, and then double back to meet the end we just cut, okay? Look how invisible that is. Then youíre going to cut this right here, and then melt these two ends together, to end up with a continuous loop. What you have is this, and then youíre going to melt these two ends together to give yourself a continuous loop. [Inaudible 00:04:32]. Youíve probably seen how to do this before, but Zippos are great for this. You can use a candle. You need something thatís going to stand up by itself because you need both fingers.

You want to grab maybe half an inch back from the ends Ö donít burn yourself Ö close to the flame. You want to melt and now, basically you want to turn the ends of each end of the paracord, so that itís kind of molten and turning into a liquid. Then move it away and quickly push it in. Blow out your Zippo. Blow on the ends of the paracord to fuse it together. I would let this sit for a good 30 seconds or a minute, just to make sure you get a good solid connection.

To kind of reiterate what we have here, this is how long the lanyardís going to be, and I want this junction, this splice of the two ends of the paracord, in the middle because that will be covered up by the cobra stitch and you wonít be able to see it. If you look at this, [Inaudible 00:05:45], you really canít tell where underneath Iíve actually had that splice. You can kind of see right here. Thereís a little bit of a bump here thatís covered up, but for the most part, itís not that obvious. Itís not real easy to see, so I do it that way just to kind of cover it up, as opposed to having a splice out here on the very end.

Iím back. At this point, we have the barnacle knot with the loop made from the two ends of the barnacle knot being spliced together by cutting the paracord to length and melting it together with our Zippo lighter. Now what Iím going to do is make the cobra stitch across this [Inaudible 00:06:33]. To do that, weíre going to use a piece of four to six feet of the two-colored paracord that we have, that we made earlier by fusing two pieces of different-colored paracord together. Weíre going to weave that around this [Inaudible 00:06:51].

The way you do that is you kind of figure out how much of a loop do you want to leave here. This can be as big or as small as youíd like it. You put the multi-colored paracord behind the loop and then, in this example, and this is face-up, and this part of the barnacle knot is face-up. You can see I like to have the orange crossing over the middle. Here we have this part of the barnacle knot facing up, so make the orange cross over the middle. Youíre going to make an ďSĒ with the orange paracord, and then youíre going to take the brown and youíre going to go from the top down through one side, around behind your big loop, and then up through the other side, the other portion of the ďSĒ. Then just pull it [Inaudible 00:07:45].

Basically thatís the trick to it. Youíre just going to do that over and over and over again until you get all the way down to the bottom. Then, come back and I completed that first pass. Now youíre just going to do the same thing again. Youíre going to take the orange and youíre going to make an ďSĒ. This is actually our first [Inaudible 00:08:06] ďSĒ because weíre starting from the other side now. You make that, then you take the tan and youíre going to go from the top through here, down around behind, up through the other side, and close knot.

[Inaudible 00:08:30] and you just keep repeating that same procedure over and over again. Make an ďSĒ out of the orange. Come down through the top, around through the back, and up through the other side [Inaudible 00:08:57]. Continue on until you get all the way down to the barnacle knot, so Iím just going to keep doing that. Now, itís fairly simple to finish this up. You just want to be careful. Youíre going to trim each of these fairly close, I would say within about a quarter of an inch of the ends, then youíre going to melt them with your Zippo. Youíve got to be really careful when youíre melting that, because you donít want to melt the rest of the Ö the other pieces of paracord, [Inaudible 00:09:31].

What I like to do here is just barely touch the flame. As it gets kind of molten and gets close, this is actually starting to catch on fire. Then turn it up like this, and gravity will actually kind of form a little ball on top of the paracord [Inaudible 00:10:13]. Itís going to make it look the nicest. Again, youíre going to be real careful [Inaudible 00:10:20] barely touch the flame. [Inaudible 00:10:29]. This side, itís a little bit longer so I should burn it. There you can see itís on fire now. [Inaudible 00:10:42]. Then blow it out. [Inaudible 00:10:45] than that side, but thatís about it. Iíd let it sit for just a minute, make sure it cools off and solidifies. Then you can throw [Inaudible 00:11:00] or my two barnacle knot/cobra stitch lanyards. Hope you guys found that useful. Take care and Iíll talk to you soon.
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