Thursday, February 15, 2007
Once you have the 5 inch length and have looped the cord onto your chosen attachment, you'll start your cobra stitches working down toward the lanyard knot. Don't make the knots too tight or too loose.
Make each knot with the same amount of tension keeping them even as you go. You're going to make 11 stitches total between the attachment and the lanyard knot. If you're doing them right, it should easily fill the 5 inch length.
Once you have those 11 stitchs, you'll turn it around and start making your king cobra stitches over the first layer working your way back toward your attachment.
Make sure that the king cobra knots evenly overlap the knots below. You'll be pulling these knots tighter(not too tight, just a firm tug on each knot) than you did with the first set on stitches. Take the time to make sure they stay neat over the underlying knots.
If you do this right, you'll come out with just the extra amount you started with over the 10 feet. I mess up sometimes and have too much or too little cord left. Just untie it as far as you think you have to, and tie it again a little tighter if you came up short or looser if you had too much left over.
Don't expect to get it right the first time. Every time I try a variation, it's a learning experience for me.