These knotted cord bracelets are easy to make and sturdy to wear, perfect for any outdoor expedition. Thanks to David for sharing his tutorial!
- Paracord (or equivalent 0.3-cm/1/8-inch diameter cord)
NB: Use a ratio of 1:12 for figuring out the length of cord needed. Use 12 cm (or 1 ft) of cord for every 1 cm (or 1 inch) of knotted bracelet length. A 24-cm (or 9-inch) bracelet would need 288 cm (or 9 ft) of cord.
- Side release buckle
- Tape measure or ruler
- Lighter (optional)
- Butter knife (optional)
- Fold cord in half and push loop end through one end of the buckle.
- Pull cord ends through the loop so that it tightens around the buckle.
- Separate the buckle parts and slide the unattached end until ends are 2.5 cm (1 inch) farther apart than desired bracelet length.
NB: Measure from the tip of the female end of the buckle to the base of the prongs on the male end.
Knot and Body
NB: Start at the unattached end and work toward the knotted end.
- Slide the left cord under the 2 center strands, leaving a gap on the left side.
- Slide the right cord under the cord you just pulled to the right, over the 2 center strands, and through the loop on the left.
- Pull the right and left cords to tighten the knot against the buckle.
- Slide the right cord under the 2 center strands, leaving a gap on the right side.
- Slide the left cord under the cord you just pulled to the left, over the 2 center strands, and through the loop of the right cord.
- Pull the right and left cords to tighten the knot.
- Repeat this process for the length of the bracelet.
NB: Remember to alternate sides so that the bracelet doesn't twist.
- Weave ends back in to the last few knots and trim to finish.
- Instead of weaving in the ends, melt them.
- Trim any excess cord after last knot.
- Melt end of one cut cord with lighter.
- Allow to cool slightly, then press melted end into surrounding cord with butter knife for a smooth finish.
- Repeat with other cut end.
- Loop the paracord through each buckle piece twice to fill extra room if your buckle is larger than 1.25 cm (1/2 inch).
- Add another layer of knots on top of the first.
NB: You will need twice as much cord for this second layer.
- Use glow-in-the-dark cord.
Source: "Stormdrane's Blog"