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Knot of the Week: Snake Knot

By The ITS Crew

Snake Knot

We continue our Knot of the Week with a decorative knot called the Snake Knot.

The Snake Knot is a common pattern in decorative knot work, and produces an almost round design.

We’ve constructed a Snake Knot Lanyard for this demonstration, with the intent to girth hitch it around something.

The method we used is just one way of attaching the lanyard. A lanyard knot, overhand knot or simply tying it on will work just as well.

Using paracord to make a keychain, bracelet or something else you carry daily, will ensure that you always have some readily available in an emergency.

If you remember back to our article on the Mini Survival Kit, we recommended that in addition to the kit, you also carry some paracord with you.

Snake Knot » Decorative

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

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


  • Decorative knot work
  • Lanyards
  • Keychains
  • Carrying paracord for emergency purposes

Tying Instructions:

We tied this Snake Knot Lanyard using a 24″ tan length of paracord and a 24″ ACU length of paracord, which resulted in a 3″ lanyard pull.

  1. Start with two 24″ pieces of Paracord
  2. Ensure the ends are melted on one length, and only one is melted on the other
  3. The side of the paracord length that hasn’t been melted now has it’s sheath pulled back
  4. About 1/2″ of the inner seven strands is removed and the sheath pulled back down
  5. Slightly heat up the frayed portion of the sheath to prevent further unraveling
  6. Insert one side of the other length of paracord into the open ended sheath and melt to fuse
  7. You should have wound up with a bicolor single strand of paracord
  8. Using the joint of the paracord as a reference point, halve the paracord
  9. *These next few steps can be tricky to read, so follow along with the photos too*
  10. Make a loop with the right side, wrapping around the backside of the left, and over the top
  11. With the left side, come inside the loop you just created (from the backside)
  12. Around the back of the right side standing part, and again through the backside of the initial loop (see photo for clarification)
  13. Tighten the knot
  14. *The next few steps are a repeating pattern*
  15. Loosen the right side, take the right most strand, and go around the back of the left strand and down into the loose part
  16. Turn the knot over, loosen the right side, go around the back of the left most strand, and down into the loose part
  17. Repeat steps 15-16 until the desired length is achieved
  18. *At this point you can trim and burn the ends, or tie a stopper knot, such as a lanyard knot or overhand knot*
  19. Cut off the ends of paracord leaving about 1/16 of an inch
  20. Burn the ends and provide pressure while cooling to fuse the melted paracord into the surrounding paracord
  21. Show it off to all your friends!

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

Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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  • Hello Gentlemen how are you? I am ex Army about to ship off to a US FLEA academy. I find this lanyard knot to be of extreme usefuleness with pieces of my kit (such as flashlights, tools, knives..anthing you want a handle on). However it is alot stronger if you tie the knot IAW the instructions in this link;

  • George

    Thank you for all of the awesome different projects that utilize paracord. I came across this site while looking for a way to tie a snake knot. The main reason I am writing is I am having an issue with trying to get the ends to “fuse” together to form the single length cord. Whenever I try to “fuse” them, they wind up coming apart even with very little pull applied. Any ideas or thoughts would be helpful.

    • Jeremiah

      When you fuse it always have a wet paper towel nearby. After you fuse it once wipe the wet paper towel over the melted paracord in the direction of the other piece of cord.
      Hope that helps.

  • Ian Delmar

    I like this braid! I just made one (only one color since I don’t have multiple colors of paracord) and its quite neat!

  • WRT

    I have enjoyed your presentations. This one on the Snake knot however leaves me a bit confused primarily because of the placement of the camera and your Finger placement. It is hard to see most of what you present because of the angles. I cannot see the initial start even though you are doing your best to explain what you are doing.

    • It helps to watch the video and then look at the photos (at least it did for me). The first knot starting the lanyard part was the hardest for me, but once you start with the snake knot its not too difficult.

  • I was wondering if you could help me figure out a way to weave this around a rod, such as a screwdriver. I am wanting to wrap my wire stock gun. Any hell would be appreciated. I can tue the snake knot just fine but am having difficulty wrapping around something.

  • Nacrad

    listing the picture examples you give 1-23 what happens between pictures 10 & 11?

  • Nacrad

    and then 11-12??

  • avivmagazaza

    good tutorial

  • Tom Brink

    Thanks ,excellent showcase. Just made one to spice up my Gerber 06 Auto. Looks fantastic. I’ve seen lots of examples of keyfobs and I like this one the best.

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