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Knot of the Week: Lanyard Knot

By The ITS Crew

Lanyard Knot

We’re kicking off our 2010 Knot of the Week series today with the Lanyard Knot.

The Lanyard Knot, also known as a Diamond Knot, is an excellent decorative knot that can be used for a multitude of applications.

Primarily we like this knot for its ability to create a fixed loop in a single strand of rope. This comes in very handy when making a Solomon Bar keychain like we’ve demonstrated in the past.

It can also be used for key rings, knife lanyards and anything that needs some kind of a pull. In fact, sailors used this knot to hold a knife around their necks, which is why you may see this knot referred to as a knife lanyard knot.

Lanyard Knot » Bends

(Strength: 3/Secure: 3/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 4)

Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.


  • Decorative knot used for lanyards
  • Can also be used to join two strands of rope

Tying Instructions:

  1. Hold the rope in your hand using your pinky to stabilize
  2. With the working end, form an underhand loop
  3. The standing end becomes your new working end and wraps around the old working end and under the itself in the center of the loop.
  4. As you’re bringing the last coil past the top, form a bight in the working part
  5. Leave the knot loose and pull your pinky out from the knot, leaving a diamond pattern in the center of your knot
  6. Thread the standing end counter clockwise through the underside of the created diamond pattern
  7. Repeat this step for the working end as well
  8. *Now both ends should have been fed though the underside of the diamond*
  9. Grasp the working and standing ends and pull (you should still have a bight around your fingers)
  10. Slide the knot off of your fingers and continue pulling on the bight and the ends to tighten
  11. Clean up the knot by pulling individual strands as we demonstrated in our Monkey’s Fist video

View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above!

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  • Cervantes

    Once I learned this knot, all my EDC zippers received the diamond knot treatment. I think it gives the finished look, where as the simple knotted lanyard through the zipper looks hap-hazard and last minute-y.

    • Cervantes,

      I agree with how nice zipper pulls with 550 look with this knot.

      Thanks for the comment,

  • Judge

    Thanks for showing this and I appreciate you showing it with the thicker diameter rope, but WHY in gods green earth did you use the most nausea-inducing painful-to-look-at-rope imaginable???

  • jim

    what an awesome job well demonstrated thanks so much in the process of redoing pack zippers and also knife lanyards thanks again

    • Thanks Jim, glad you found the information useful!

      ~ Bryan

  • Gordon Pace

    Hey great site, i work @ a diffusion plant in the switchyards and have to use lines to tie alot of knots for heavy insulators and such, this site is a big help on new and better knots so thanks again and a job well done for your effort.

  • Will

    Very nice! I am no bosuns mate but even I could handle this knot.

  • bladegirl

    This is the easiest video to follow for making this knot. Thank you!

  • Marty Black

    Just a thought here, JD at T.I.A.T. has awesome tutorials on youtube. He does a lot of fusion knots that look cool in paracord. Not to discount knot of the week, mind you, he has more advanced knots for the skilled to the beginner.

  • Jon Waltz

    Do you have sketch of paracord cross? Also I noticed another cross with tighter weaving. Would you have directions to that one?

  • Michael Patrick

    Great video. Going to try my hand at this knot for my zipper pulls as well. Thanks for the info.

  • Doug

    Awesome… love it! Thanks.

  • mark_gorenec

    I love using the lanyard knot. I use the tutorial found at <a href=””>how to make a lanyard knot</a>. It is basically the same thing.

    I must say I had quite a hard time getting used to it though!


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