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Tiny Lanyard for my Knife

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I needed to attach a Tritium fob to my knife so I could find it in the dark... Since the knife, handle and the sheath are all black, I wanted to be able to find it easily. A few stitches of the Solomon Bar worked nicely.

One More Carabiner in Glow-In-The-Dark

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Lights ON

Lights OFF

Reflective Cord Half Hitching

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And as promised here is the Reflective Cord tied with Half Hitches

Half Hitching on a Carabiner

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My Every Day Carry pack is all black, and there are times when I want to see it just a little bit more at night. I took about six feet of High Visibility yellow cord and tied a series of Half Hitches on a carabiner. Now when I want to be seen I clip my carabiner to the outside of my pack, and when I want to go stealth I take it off.

My next version I will use reflective cord... coming soon...

Turks Head Knot on a Bottle

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Here is another Turks Head Knot on a bottle... This one is a 20 Bight by 7 Lead Turks Head...

The knot has been tripled, twice in black and once in blue

Turks Head Knots on a Bottle

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This is the finished project. A bottle decorated with three Turks Head Knots. There are only three knots on this bottle. The RED and the BLUE knots are each a 20 Bight by 3 Lead Turks Head Knots. The WHITE knot is a 20 Bight by 19 Lead Turks Head Knot.

For those of you that are new to tying the Turks Head Knot I am going to suggest you use the Turks Head Cookbook from Knot Tool. First of all you get a book to make virtually hundreds of Turks Head Knots in very simple and easy to understand instructions. In the kit you also get the tools you need to start tying knots right away. And you get a threaded needle which is absolutely essential in tying complex knots. I am NOT affiliated with Knot Tool in any way, shape, or form. But when I find a good product, I like to share my opinion.

OK so let's get started. I am going to show you all the steps that I do to get to the end product....

Step 1: Preparation.
You will need to find a bottle you like. I used an empty instant tea bottle, of course washed and dried. (I like to put the bottle in the oven for a few minutes to dry the inside without water spots. Take off the lid and do not put lid in the oven.) Now measure the circumference of the bottle. Take a cord and tightly wrap the cord around the bottle. Mark where the ends meet, and use a ruler to measure the length of the cord. For my instant tea bottle the circumference is 27cm. I know from past knots that I have tied, that I want my knot to have 20 Bights in the top and bottom (bands) knots. I am going to use the Bights in the (bands) knots to tie the middle knot. Now divide the number of Bights (20) into the size of the circumference (27) to get the space between each Bight (1.35)... With me so far???

Now take two pieces of painters tape, using a ruler measure out the length of the circumference and mark the length on the both pieces of tape. Next you will mark the space between each Bight on the tape.

I like to use pegs when tying Turks Head Knots, it just makes tying the knot easier.
Now take a hole punch to cut holes in the tape where the lines meet. You will place the pegs in the holes.
These are what I use for pegs.

Insert a peg in each hole and carefully stick the first piece of tape to the bottle.

Now do the same thing with the second piece of tape. The numbers on each piece of tape must line up.

This picture shows you what you should have now. This odd looking thing will be your map to tie the Turks Head Knot. And this is the end of Step 1...

Step 2: Tying the Knot (not a wedding)

Using the Turks Head Cookbook, follow the numbers going over and under as indicated in the book. I chose a 20 Bight by 3 Lead knot, which will give me a nice band around the bottle. Once the ends meet you have made one complete knot. Tape the "running" end of your cord and start removing the pegs and the tape.
Be careful not to untie the knot as you remove the pegs and tape from the bottle. Continue to remove all the pegs and remove the tape from the bottle. At this point the knot will be very loose and will need to be tightened up.
Here you can see just how much the knot expanded. Starting with the "standing" end, begin to pull the slack out of the knot going towards the "running" end of the cord. Do not expect to pull all the slack out at once. You may have to make 3 - 5 attempts at removing the slack out of the knot. DO NOT remove all of the slack out of the knot. In order to make the "bands" we will have to triple the Turks Head Knot. We will do this by following the knot three times. The threaded needle will really come in handy here.

Once you have made three passes of the Turks Head Knot, use your needle to go under your knot about half the circumference and cut the cord. The knot will be tight enough to hide the tail in place.TIP: I carefully add a couple of drops of super glue UNDER the band to hold them in place and keep them from sliding around in the next steps. A drop or two in 3 or 4 places around the band should be enough.

Now repeat this whole step for the second band.
When tying the second band, you must make sure the Bights line up to the first band. This is crucial for the next step.
Wipe down the bottle to make sure all your finger prints and adhesive from the tape are all removed. You want to make sure your bottle is clean at this point. Any dirt or finger prints left on the bottle will be almost impossible to remove. From this point on we will use gloves when tying our last knot...

Step 3: Tying It All Together

Stick a piece of painters tape on top of your first band, leaving the bottom of the knot exposed. 
Use a marker to count the number of Bights in your knot. Instead of using the pegs we are going to use the Bights to tie our next Turks Head Knot.

Do the same thing for the bottom band, but you must make sure your numbers on top and bottom line up. So #1 on top should be the same position as #1 on the bottom.

Again using the Turks Head Cookbook and the threaded needle you are going to follow the instructions, going over and under as indicated in the book. Be sure to use gloves when ever you handle the bottle.

For this Turks Head Knot I am using a 20 Bight by 19 Lead knot.

Because of the amount of cord you are working with, your cord will get twisted and knotted. You will have to un-twist the cord often.... Its a pain in the rear, but it has to be done. And it has to be done alot!

Continue to tie the knot until you finish the knot. If you have the cord and the patience you can double or triple the knot. When you are done, use your needle to hide the ends under your bands. Cut the ends and your DONE...

Snake Knot Lanyard

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I wanted to make a lanyard to keep my "Every Day Carry" stuff handy.

Here you see the finished project...

I started with a Lanyard Knot on a loop.

The Lanyard Knot is a very simple knot to tie and adds a little bit of decorative flair to the lanyard.

Then begin to tie the Snake Knot.

You will continue to tie the Snake Knot until you reach the desired length.

TIP: I always use forceps when tying the Snake Knot. It just makes things a bit easier.

Now give yourself a couple of inches to make a loop. This loop will be used to attach to the carabiner.

Now tie another Lanyard Knot.

Carefully cut off the remaining ends and melt to prevent from fraying.
Attach the lanyard to the caribiner by feeding the bottom loop through the loop you just made. Then pull tight.

Lastly I add my "Every Day Carry" stuff...


True Lovers Knot Bracelet

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I wanted to give my girlfriend a bracelet to let her know how much I love her. But I thought a big Survival Bracelet wouldn't look so nice on her slender wrist. So I searched the Ashley Book of Knots and came up with the True Lovers Knot (ABOK #798).

I started with 6 feet of paracord and melted the ends of the cord.

We are going to start with a 2 Strand Matthew Walker Knot. Form a loop and hold the loop under your thumb. Now make 2 additional loops. One loop will have the running end going in front (left loop), and the other loop will have the running end going behind (right loop).

Take the running end from the front and go through the opposite loop. This is the end coming from the left and going through the right loop.

Take the running end from the back and go through the opposite loop. This is the end coming from the right and going through the left loop.

Now you pass the running ends through the loops one more time...

Take the end coming from the left loop and pass it through the right loop.

Take the end coming from the right loop and pass it through the left loop.

Keep the cords going in the same direction...

Carefully pull tight. You will have to make a few adjustments to get the knot tight. Just keep working the looseness out of the knot.

Now we will tie the True Lovers Knot. Take one of your cords and tie a simple over hand knot.

Tie a second over hand knot by passing the running end through the loop of the first over hand knot.

Pull tight to form the True Lovers Knot

Now we are are going to tie the Lanyard Knot. I forgot to take pictures of this knot, so I have included a link to a video on how to tie this knot.

Cut the excess cord as close to the knot as possible and melt the ends.

Take the Lanyard knot and pass through the loop formed by the Matthew Walker Knot... If the loop of the Matthew Walker Knot is too big you will have to loosen the MW Knot and reduce the size of the loop and then tighten it up again. (Or if your lazy, just grab a needle and thread and sew up the loop to make it smaller.)

Glow-In-The-Dark Cord

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Well I was introduced to Glow-In-The-Dark cord on one of the blogs that I followed and just had to try it out for my self. Here you can see the 5 Bite X 3 Lead Turks Head knot tied around my flashlight. In the light it looks like ordinary white cord...

And here you can see the Glow-In-The-Dark cord with the lights out. The cord makes the flashlight much easier to find in the dark.


French Whipping and Turks Head Knots

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Here is a picture of the handle of one of my walking sticks. I tied a series of Half Hitches or French Whipping (ABOK #3450) in BLACK paracord. Then I took 2 lengths of PURPLE paracord and I tied 2 Turks Heads Knots on the top and the bottom of the French Whipping. The Turks Heads are 5 bite, 3 lead knots that have been tripled.

The French Whipping gives the handle a nice grip that doesn't slip when my hands get sweaty on a hike...

12 Strand Zig Zag Lanyard

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I was cleaning out a drawer in my desk and I came across a 12 strand lanyard. I made this years ago when I was in summer camp. Some kid bet me a candy bar that it could not be made. So I bought yards and yards and yards of the plastic lanyard lace, and I proved him wrong... It was the tastiest candy bar I ever ate...mmmm the sweet, sweet taste of victory!

As you can see in the picture and the video below, I took 3 four strand lanyards and wove them all together. Then I started the barrel stitch... after a number of stitches I reversed the direction of the barrel stitch and made the lanyard a Zig Zag lanyard...

See my previous post on how to make a Zig Zag lanyard...

How to Make a ZIG ZAG Lanyard

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This is the finished project... a Zig Zag Lanyard. If you look closely you will see the twist in the lanyard changes direction. It is very easy to do, and I will show you step-by-step how you can do this too...

I took two pieces of paracord in two different colors. I used 6 feet of each color. Start by finding the center of your two pieces of paracord. Place a key ring in the center of your two cords.

Take your cords and form an X. With the cord on the BOTTOM of the X you will form two loops. It is important to note that in the loops there is an 'open' end and a 'closed' end of the loop. The 'closed' end of the loop comes from the knot, and the 'open' end is the working or running end... You need to know the difference or you will not be able to tighten the knots. Here I formed the loops with the GREY cord. The YELLOW cord is running through the loops and is ON TOP OF the GREY cord.

Now take the YELLOW cords and you will go OVER the 'open' end and THROUGH the 'closed' end of the GREY loops. Pull all the cords tight. At this point you have just made a BOX STITCH.

In the BOX STITCH you will go straight across the knot each time. So the cord in the #1 position will go to the #2 position, the cord in the #3 position will go to the #4 position. The #5 cord will go OVER and then UNDER to the #6 position, and the #7 cord will go OVER and UNDER to the #8 position. You will only do one of the Box Stitch at this time... You will now start making the BARREL STITCH...

In the BARREL STITCH you will cross diagonally across the knot. This forms the twists. So the #1 cord will go in between cords #2 & #3 to position #A. Cord #2 will go in between cords #1 & #4 to position #B. Cord #3 will go in OVER and UNDER to position #C, and cord #4 will go OVER and UNDER to #D position. Pull all the cords tight. Continue this step for as long as you like. In my example I did ten barrel stitches.

Here you can see the twists forming.

When you are ready to change directions, just do one BOX STITCH. And now start the BARREL STITCH again. But you will see the direction of the twist will be going the opposite direction. You should do the same number of Barrel Stitches as you did before... so ten stitches in the other direction.

Here you can see the twist going in the opposite direction.

I did one more Box Stitch and then ten more Barrel Stitches to make the Zig Zag pattern....

Have fun with this...

Let me know what you think...

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