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Knot List: Cobra Knot (Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) ‐ Step-by-Step

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Cobra Knot (Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet), Step-by-Step Animation
 

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Cobra Knot (Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) Tying

Make a loop and tie an overhand knot. Tie a half knot around the loop and tighten. Keeping the same rope in front, tie another half knot and tighten. Keep repeating. Leave the last several knots loose (only two shown here). Tuck the ends inside the loose knots. Tighten the loose half knots and trim the ends off.
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Cobra Knot (Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) Details

Uses: The Cobra knot (Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) (ABOK # 2496, p 401.) is one of the commonest lanyard knots. It is very widely used in military shoulder lanyards and in many macrame patterns

Application: When completed as shown in the animation, it provides an excellent lanyard pull for a snap shackle. The finished lanyard can be attached to the pull-ring using a Girth Hitch.

Variations: The version shown here uses a stack of alternating Half Knots. In effect it is a stack of Square Knots tied around a core. Alternatively, the same Half Hitch can be repeated, making a stack of granny knots; the result is a neat spiral.

Macrame Names: Unfortunately macrame uses totally different names. The two Cobra versions are known as a Square Knot and a Spiral Stitch.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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