Monday, January 28, 2008
Paracord bracelet in a side-by-side pattern
A few folks had asked me if I was familiar with this pattern that they had seen, used as a paracord belt. I was familiar with it from searches I'd done a couple of years ago when looking for ideas to use for what ended up as the guitar strap I'd made a while back. I can't find the picture/link I'd seen of it, but if someone has it, perhaps they'll chime in.
It's made using six strands and both outer cobra stitches(also referred to as Solomon bars/Portuguese sinnets/square knots) share the center strands. The stitches are made around a single strand on each side instead of the usual two that most may be familiar with. I used a 5/8" buckle(that's just what I had available) for the bracelet and looped the center of two black paracord strands onto one end and centered the green paracord strand between them. I wrapped the working ends around the other end after making the required length for a bracelet and melted them to finish it. Over 20 feet of paracord was used, but I didn't measure the exact starting lengths, so I guessed by the ends I trimmed off. With 550 paracord, I found it too wide for watchband use, but the smaller diameter 'Type I' paracord worked ok width wise with one of my watches, but I ended up taking that one apart...
One of my blog readers has taken this design and expanded upon it with some innovation. Yes, they're tied together for a MegaBracelet, nice job Wayne!
*Wayne's photo used with permission, and linked so you can see his other images.