To make a basic paracord lanyard, start by folding a length of paracord in half. The paracord should be about 6 to 13 feet (2 to 4 meters) long. You’ll get about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of braid for every foot (30.5 centimeters) of cord, so use more paracord if you’re making something long, like a whistle lanyard. After folding the cord, mark the center with a twist tie. Then, knot the lanyard just below the fold you made to create a small loop. The simplest way to do this is with an overhand knot. Pinch the 2 sides of the cord together about 2 inches (5 centimeters) below the middle of the cord where you put the twist tie. Fold the looped end of the cord over the lengths to make a second loop, then pull the looped top of the cord through the new loop you just made. Pull the knot tight. Pull the ends of the cord through the loop of a carabiner clip or a keyring. Leave about 5 inches (13 centimeters) of cord between the carabiner and the knot you made earlier. Turn the whole thing over so the knot is facing down and the carabiner is at the top, with two long tail ends of cord trailing out behind it on either side. Grab the left-hand tail cord and pass it in front of the 2 central lengths of cord, then behind the right-hand tail cord. Pass the tail of the right-hand cord behind the left-hand tail cord, which is now on the right side. Weave the tail over the 2 central lengths of cord and then under the loop of cord on the left-hand side. Pull the tails of the cord tight to complete the first knot of your braid. Repeat the process again, but this time in reverse—you’ll weave the left-hand tail cord under the central cords instead of over them, and pass the right-hand cord over the central cords and down through the new loop on the left side. Keep doing this until you’ve created the number of knots you want. When you’re done, snip off the loose ends of the cord. Burn the cut ends with a lighter flame for 5-10 seconds to melt the fibers and prevent fraying. For more tips on doing cobra and king cobra stitching, read on!
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