The king cobra lanyard stitch gets its name from its appearance. When finished, the stitches resemble a cobra snake's striated belly. The king cobra stitch is twice as wide as the cobra stitch, meaning it requires more cord. For campers and explorers looking to carry more paracord, this can be quite practical. Paracord tests at 249kg. but weighs very little itself. This means hikers and campers can carry large quantities of it without weighing themselves down. In an emergency, you can unweave paracord lanyards to use the cord for shelter or a tourniquet.
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Things you need
- Twist tie
Cut a piece of paracord about 12 times longer than you want your finished lanyard to be. For instance, a 6-inch lanyard requires 6 feet of cord. This seems excessive, but half-hitch knots and double-layering require plenty of length.
Fold your cord in half. Pinch the fold to create a loop. Bend the loop down across the rest of the cord, forming a second loop. Push the first loop through the second and pull tight.
Measure about 7 inches up from your loop, or the desired lanyard length plus 1 inch. Wrap a twist tie around the cords and turn your cord so the loop is closest to you and the twist tie is farthest away.
Bring the loose ends of the cord down on either side of the twist tie. You should have two parallel cords tied together in the centre with a long, loose cord on either side. They are cords A through D from left to right.
Bring cord A under B and C and over cord D. Bring cord D under B and C and up through the loop created by A. Pull tight, making your first half-hitch knot. Continue making half-hitch knots down to your loop.
Turn your lanyard so the twist tie is now closest to you. Tie half-hitch knots over the first layer of knots. Work your way back down to the twist tie.
Remove the twist tie and feed the loose ends of your paracord through the resulting loops. Tie the ends firmly in a knot and melt them a little with a lighter to prevent fraying.
Tips and warnings
- Slip a number of these lanyards onto a carabineer and clip them to your belt or backpack. Longer lanyards can also become belts, bandoliers, chokers, bracelets and hat bands.
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