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.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such talent you possess ! :)

~Michele @ http://michelefamily.wordpress.com/

Callie said...

interesting! I like it.

~callie

NoGoodGuitarPicker said...

I'd love to see how you did that! I made a paracord mandolin strap and just posted it on my blog, and I sure plan on making more! Funny... my strap is the same colours as your wristband!

-- nogoodguitarpicker

Johan said...

I too amm intriged by this bracelet. Can you plaeace tell me how you did it?

Stormdrane said...

I've only done this type a few times, so I don't have it down to where I could post a decent tutorial on it. I do get a lot of questions on it, like how long the cords need to be and such, but as with many things I make, I don't keep track while I'm trying out different knots/combinations. A bit of math sneaks in when you start looking at the variables, and that definitely takes the fun out of it for me. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hy!!
Sorry of my terrible english! :-)
I like this bracelet!!!

I made the single side of that, but i couldn't do what u!
Please send me some pic from the coupled version of the bracelet!!!!
and some steps!!!
vitya05@gmail.com
Thanks a lot my friend!!

hellrazier666pie said...

Hey. I was wondering if you got this down to a science yet. I really wanna make this because i wanna make one for my martial arts class so i can protect my wrists when we spar. So if you could get back to me on it i would greatly appreciate it.

Stormdrane said...

I haven't spent anymore time on that particular style of paracord braclet.

Wayne has a series of process photos for it on his flickr page that you can check out.

Bound For Cory said...

I found another use for this pattern. I just posted it to my blog. Take a look at my new key keepers.

http://boundforcory.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-and-improved-key-keeper.html

Stormdrane said...

Nice job, the pattern looks good as a key keeper!

Bound For Cory said...

Thank you sir!

Anonymous said...

I found a how to online, easy to follow not hard once you get the hang of it. In the process of making me a belt.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wide-Paracord-Bracelet/