How can I make paracord knots
DIY paracord bracelets
Five instructions for paracord bracelets
After our blog articles on belts, collars and the bottle pocket made of paracord, the classic should of course not be missing: the chic paracord bracelet. We worked our way through a wide variety of instructions and picked out five of them. With a click on the respective picture you can view the instructions in large format.
These include four bracelets that we have fitted with a buckle and one version that is closed with a loop and a diamond knot. The closure can of course be designed flexibly.
If you want to take your bracelet with you on tour, especially as a spare cord, the buckles with screws like the models from Sea to Summit are interesting, because you can also install them as a spare part on the way, even if the belt loops in which the buckles land, are securely sewn.
You can knot all bracelets in one color or with different colors. We have implemented the instructions in such a way that you can use as few individual strands as possible, but as much paracord cord in one piece as possible. This gives you a longer reserve in an emergency and also saves you from having to weld the open ends frequently.
The classic paracord bracelet
For the classic strap, we used 3 m black paracord rope and a 15 mm buckle. The classic bracelet is also one of the simplest knotting techniques. If, like us, you work with a single color, it makes sense to mark one side with a safety pin or colored string.
So you can easily continue to use the bracelet even if you put it away in between and don't have to think long about which side to start again with. At the beginning you double the rope and thread the closed loop at one end of the double rope through the buckle as shown in the picture.
Then pull both strands through once and pull the knot tight. The open ends are now passed through the counterpart of the buckle. You can also keep the buckle closed so that the correct sides are on top - unless the buckle looks the same on top and bottom.
Pull the paracord cord through the other end of the buckle until it is roughly the size of the bracelet - plus an extra 2 cm. Now you should mark one of the ends at the latest and start the actual knotting work.
The knot technique for the paracord classic
We always start first with the marked rope, which is brought under the two middle strands and placed over the rope on the left (picture on the right). Then you take the unmarked rope, run it once over both middle strands and on the right side again under the rope.
Then you tighten the first knot and start again on the left side with the marked rope (picture on the left). You can also remember the marked end as an "underneath string", as it is always brought under the middle strands in the first step.
Then, as before, guide the other end over the middle strands in the opposite direction and tighten the second knot. Now continue with this technique until you land just before the buckle.
Leave a small gap there, through which you can now pull both strands inwards with a crochet hook or a bent paper clip.
Then the ends are cut off just before the bracelet and carefully melted with a lighter and pressed flat with a knife or thimble.
Be careful when melting! Even after a few seconds of cooling, the melted plastic remains extremely hot and can cause burns!
After sealing, you can look forward to your perfectly shaped paracord bracelet with around 3 meters of cord reserve!
Light paracord bracelet
The beginning of the light bracelet is initially the same as the classic paracord bracelet above and the amount is the same at 3 m. First, the rope is doubled and the closed end is looped through the buckle. Pull both strands through again and tighten the knot.
Then thread the open ends into the counterpart of the buckle from bottom to top. Before the actual work begins, the tape should lie in front of you as shown, so that the underside of the buckles are facing you.
In the first step you take the left rope, guide it from above through the two middle strands and lay it to the right to form a loop.
Then the right rope is brought under this just formed loop from above between the middle strands and below the intersection of the loop and out again at the top left. When leading out of the loop, the rope is placed over the strand.
Now you tighten the knot and start the same technique in reverse order. So you take the right cord and run it through the middle from above. Then the left rope is laid underneath the loop through the middle strands, under the intersection and out of the loop over the rope - tighten, done!
If you have lost track of which side you started on, you can see which rope forms the penultimate loop, as shown in the illustration. You use this rope for the beginning of a new passage.
In turn, you design the end as with the classic paracord bracelet. Just before the buckle, you leave a small gap, pull both strands inwards through the hole that has been created and seal the open ends after cutting them off.
For even more stability, you can also bring the ends under the knot on the buckle as shown. The side you were looking at while knotting is now the inside of your bracelet.
Of course, if you like this view better than the outside, you can not have the bottom but the top of the buckles turned towards you at the beginning. However, the other side is not quite as smooth on the skin because of the arched knots.
Dragon Teeth Paracord bracelet
The so-called Dragon Teeth bracelet is a little more complicated to prepare than the classic bracelets. The knot itself is simple, however, once you have internalized the sequence.
As a starting point, four instead of two strands are required here, which is why the first knots require a little more effort. So that the knots fit comfortably on the buckle, we have used a 20 mm wide buckle (instead of 15 mm as before). For the basic structure and the side work cords, we used 285 cm of the black paracord cord and an additional 115 cm of light rope as a colored effect rope.
The preparation for the Dragon Teeth bracelet
For the first side, you double the black rope again and pull it with the open ends through the first buckle until a loop as long as the bracelet protrudes. You loop the right rope around yourself as shown, from the back through the buckle and down through the loop at the front.
When you tighten the resulting knot, make sure that the long loop the length of the bracelet is not twisted or shortened. Now you take the other side and loop it around yourself, from the back through the buckle and down through the loop at the front.
You should now have two parallel knots on the buckle, a long loop and the two open ends of the rope in front of you. In the second step, you use the open ends to tie the counterpart of the buckle.
Guide the right open end from above through the buckle and down again on the back. Put it from below through the long loop and over the work rope. Now the end is pulled through the buckle again from the back (to the right of the cord on the buckle that we pulled through earlier) and through the loop on the front.
Tighten the knot and check again to be on the safe side that the long loop and the tied rope next to it are still the length that the bracelet should have at the end. We repeat the same on the left side until we now have four basic strands in front of us.
The buckle on which the closed end of the long loop is located should now be on top (see illustration). The cords of the long loop should also make up the middle two of the four strands. We put the end of the light-colored rope over these two middle strands and push it up until it is halfway firmly clamped.
Dragon Teeth bracelet knot technique
The complicated part is now complete and now the real knotting begins. The order always remains the same. The two black work cords are looped around the two outer strands on their sides as shown and then led out again. The ends are led from above through the middle of the four strands and out again under the two strings.
Since the light-colored paracord is on the left side, you have to make sure that the black rope is led inwards above the light-colored rope. The light-colored rope is passed from below over the two middle strands and laid to the left again - that's it for the first row.
You now continue according to this scheme: The two outer strands through the middle and out again and then loop the light-colored rope once around the middle ropes and turn to the left again.
After each row, you should push the knots up firmly. While the first two bracelets can easily be knotted loosely by hand, with the Dragon Teeth bracelet it makes sense to think of a holder for the upper buckle.
We simply provided a board with a small metal ring on the top, into which we can attach the bracelet above with a small carabiner or key ring. During production, you should occasionally check the back of the bracelet to make sure that you have not accidentally crossed the light-colored rope with the black one - if the look of the back is important to you.
Dragon Teeth bracelet graduation
When you get closer to the buckle and only a small gap is free, it is advisable to pull the light-colored rope through with a hook and thread both black ropes through the middle to the back one last time.
If the ends are tight enough, you can simply cut them off and carefully fuse them with the lighter or, for example, pull them through the previous loops on the back for more stability.
Done! You will find that the Dragon Teeth bracelet is wider and also somewhat more stable than the classic paracord bracelets. This makes it suitable - depending on the model - as a replacement bracelet for the watch or the fitness tracker.
Paracord braided bracelet
In terms of production time, the paracord braided bracelet is the fastest version that we have picked out. You can also use single cords for the double strands, we decided to use a long rope again. However, the buckle must also have a removable screw at the end, since the ends of the two double strands converge to form a closed loop.
But you can also look for creative solutions to otherwise attach the closed ends to the buckle, if you don't have one with a screw. For a fairly wide bracelet with a little more than 20 cm, we used 110 cm black paracord rope, a 15 mm buckle with screw and 80 cm light paracord rope.
However, since the braiding technique is quite simple, you can simply braid the double strands with a light-colored cord in advance without plug-in clasps and see how much cord you need for your arm circumference.
Make the paracord braided bracelet
Double the black paracord rope and lead the closed end through the part of the buckle that does not have a screw. Pull both strands through the loop, lead the light-colored rope through to its middle and pull the knot tight.
You should now have two equally long, light single strands on the outside and two double black strands in the middle, The latter ends in a closed loop at the bottom (unfortunately not visible at the bottom in the left picture, hence the text reference).
With the braiding technique, the two light and then the two black double strands are always processed first. First, lead the right, light-colored rope over the double strand in the middle. Then the left light-colored rope is passed under the double strands and over the light-colored rope in the middle so that they cross each other.
Now you take the right double strand and place it over the light-colored rope that we last held in our hands. Finally, the left double strand is placed under the light-colored rope and over the other double strand. Gradually pull the structure tight - and start all over again in exactly the same order: First the right light-colored rope, then the left, then the right double strand and then the left.
You continue this pattern until you see the closed ends of the blacken double strands below. Try to continue the braid pattern until the double ends can no longer be crossed. Finally, cross the light-colored strings one last time as in the previous pattern and guide the ends through the end loops of the double strands.
Use a screwdriver to loosen the screw from the counterpart of the buckle and guide it through the two black end loops before you tighten them again.
You can now either seal the light ends that are still open or, if the end is still too loose, work them into the previous pattern on the back of the bracelet and then fuse them together.
Finished! The paracord braided bracelet is not only quickly tied, but also just as quickly opened again if you need the reserve of cord.
For a little variety, we made the Snake Knot bracelet without a buckle, which you can of course use differently if necessary. As a basis, we used two paracord cords in different colors, each 1.50 m in length.
Snake Knot bracelet with diamond knots
You put these two cords next to each other and can fix them on the upper side with a clamp. In contrast to the illustration, leave enough string protruding upwards so that you don't have to work with a tight rope when finishing - in our case it was pretty tight, as it turned out later.
To start with, lead the black paracord rope once under the light-colored rope and back over the rope to the right, so that a loop is created like the one in the picture. Then guide the light-colored rope from above once below the black rope through the black loop and out again - and pull the knot that has been created tight.
The light loop on the knot is now opened a little again so that you can thread the black rope through it from above. Pull the knot tight again and turn the entire structure over.
On the back you now have two black loops on the right side, of which you open the bottom one again a little to pass the light-colored rope through from above. Pull the knot tight, turn it over again and continue according to the pattern on the other side: Open the bottom loop, thread the rope through it, tighten and turn it over.
This way you can also easily remember at which point you have to continue if you put the unfinished bracelet aside in between. The side on which there are two loops of the same color one below the other is the starting point.
Snake Knot bracelet: The conclusion
Once you have reached the desired length, it is time to seal or knot the ribbon at the top and bottom. On the top, we simply melted the ends due to the short remaining pieces and connected them together with the help of pliers. However, this construction is relatively cumbersome to manufacture and is not one of the most stable solutions.
Alternatively, a second diamond knot or a simple knot could do better here, although you should leave a small gap to the bracelet, into which the diamond knot on the other side of the bracelet fits to close.
For the diamond knot, do the following:
Loop the light-colored rope so that the open end points down and runs below the light-colored output cord. Then you bring the black end under the loop you just created, put it over the light output rope, under the short light end and again over the light rope into the light loop. There you lead it under its own exit rope and out of the loop over the light-colored rope.
Carefully pull the open end of both ropes out a little further and place it over the starting rope of the other color. Now the ends are fed from below through the middle hole of the construction and pulled upwards.At first, just pull it a little tight so that the knot does not accidentally come undone and work the cords out gradually so that the knot moves down towards the bracelet.
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