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snake knot paracord cross

Snake knot paracord cross

In this tutorial we tie the snake knot paracord cross.

This is another, in my opinion excellent way to make a paracord cross. I have seen a few people tie it so far and I know that David Hopper showed it before on his blog, so I am not the first to this design.

But still, tying it proved to be most rewarding. Some toying around with properly tightening each snake knot resulted in a few wonderful crosses that will be a nice gift.

I have demostrated a few ways of tying paracord crosses in the past, such as the one using the cross knot, the horseshoe nail cross and the just posted Celtic cross. There is quite a choice there already :).

snake knot paracord crosses

In any case, let’s get ready to…tie!

Supplies

  • paracord 550. I used 2 pieces. The shorter piece was a bit under 2 feet long and the longer piece was a bit under 2 1/2 feet in length
  • a lighter
  • scissors
  • optionally a rope thimble (the metal part that goes into the loop)
snake knot cross

The snake knot with a rope thimble in the loop.

Let’s proceed to the tutorial:

Snake knot paracord cross tutorial

The cross is formed by creating one section with 3 snake knots and a loop that will serve as the top part of the cross. For this we use the shorter piece of paracord (2 feet in length)

The bottom is made using the longer (2 1/2 feet) cord. 6 snake knots are made for the bottom, then both ends are placed one next to the other and then two more sets of three snake knots are made.

See the tutorial in pictures below:

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Take your top piece and fold it in half.

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Place the right end over the left.

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Then under the loop to the right.

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Place your left end under the right end.

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Then go over the top into the loop on the left.

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Tighten. First snake knot is complete.

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Start the second snake knot the same way. Place your right end over the left.

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Then under the loop to the right.

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With your left end go under the right end.

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Then over the top and into the loop on the left.

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Tighten again.

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Start the third snake knot. Place the right end over the left.

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Then go under the loop to the right.

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Place your left end under the right.

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Then place the end over the top and into the loop on the left.

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And tighten again. With this we have completed the top part of the cross. It has 3 snake knots and a loop.

Now we make the bottom using the other, longer cord.

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The bottom is started the same way as we started the top. We do not leave room for a loop though.

Be careful not to tighten the first snake knot too tightly. It is not a stable knot and will undo itself if tightened too firmly.

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Line up 6 knots on the bottom.

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Place both parts one next to the other. As you can see we now have two sets of 2 cords that we can use to make the arms of the cross.

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It may help to clip the ends into place (not a must).

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Start the good ol’ snake knot again with the right cord passing over the left, then back to the right.

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The left then goes under the right cord.

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Then over and into the loop on the left.

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Tighten and you have your first snake knot. The arms will have 3 snake knots each, just like the top.

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One side complete.

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Both sides complete. Now just cut the ends and gently melt the ends.

With this your cross is complete and so is this tutorial.

For a live demonstration, see the video as well:

Enjoy your cross!

About Markwell

I am a defense science graduate. I like to create beautiful things out of paracord.

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