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Diamond (Lanyard) Knot

Diamond Knot

The diamond knot is used to make a fixed, decorative loop at the middle of a cord that could be a lanyard, paracord, leather, rope, etc. It is also known by the names Bosun’s whistle, lanyard and knife lanyard knots. The two strand knot that is implemented here in a single strand can be made with two ropes or a single rope. Though it looks hard to tie at first, it becomes easy and quick with practice.

How to Tie a Diamond (Lanyard) Knot

It is best to start with at least 2 ft of rope. Once you have learned to tie it well, it can be made with as little as 1 ft of rope.

How to Tie a Diamond Knot


  1. Note that the first few steps are similar to making a Carrick bend.


  1. Double diamond knot or double lanyard knot – More complex and decorative. It is made with two strands.


  1. On knife tassels and key chains.
  2. As zipper pulls.
  3. In necklace, earring, pendant, bracelet and ring designs.
  4. In macramé patterns.

Tying Video

How to Tie a Diamond (Lanyard) Knot Step by Step

  1. Make a rope loop and encircle it with the rope
  2. Pass a part of the rope through the loop
  3. Pass the end through the loop just formed
  4. Take it up
  5. Pass it through the first loop
  6. Take the other rope end through the loop
  7. Hold the big loop and pull the ends to tighten
  8. The knot is made


  1. Carrick bend – Mainly used in joining two ropes. Not a loop but ornamental.
  2. Chinese lanyard knot – Multi-stranded decorative knot.

One response to “Diamond (Lanyard) Knot”

  1. Edmund Scheffner says:

    I don’t the way she does it but I like it, so I think I’ll try it her way. Thanks

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