How to Make a Paracord Monkey Fist


Paracord is a strong, durable nylon rope commonly used by rock climbers, campers and the military, while a monkey fist is a decorative and practical knot that can be made using paracord. The knot involves wrapping the paracord around your fingers, then inserting the knotted end back into the middle of the knot. A monkey fist can be used to decoratively tie the ends of paracord bracelets, lanyards, key fobs, belts and other crafty endeavors.

Things You'll Need

  • Paracord
  • Lay the paracord horizontally on your work desk. Place your ring, middle and index fingers together approximately 6 inches from the end of the paracord. Wrap the paracord loosely around these three fingers, three times.

  • Slightly open your middle and index fingers while the cord is still around your fingers. Insert the longer end of the rope through the gap in your fingers, and out the other side. Carefully pull the entire knot off of your fingers, keeping its shape intact.

  • Wrap the cord, that you have just pulled through the middle, three times over the original turns. Pass the long strand back through the middle of these turns.

  • Pick up the strand you just inserted through the middle section, and wrap it three times around the previous turns.

  • Tie a single knot on the short end of the paracord. Insert the knot back into the center of the monkey fist knot, and rearrange the knot to disguise it.

  • Pull in each of the turns to tighten the knot. Pull the remaining long cord tightly to complete the knot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Heat the ends of the paracord with a lighter to prevent it from fraying.
  • When working with very thick paracords, you may want to use metal "fingers" or a jig that make it easier to knot the cords.
  • Dog owners can use a monkey fist as a decorative end to a leash or collar.
  • Use different colored paracord fists to identify different groups when performing team activities or individual members within a group.
  • Make your own hammock, with decorative money fist tassles accenting the ends of each cord in your netting.
  • A makeshift lanyard is a fun, creative way to hold your entry or ID cards.

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