Crafting with paracord is a new and exciting trend sweeping the nation. Just as Rainbow Loom took the world by storm creating jewelry from mini rubber bands, you can now do the same with paracord. Paracord is short for parachute cord, and one of the toughest types is Type III. Once used in World War II for parachutes, it is now used for a number of different things including creating bracelets, lanyards, and so much more. If you’re interested in getting started with paracord crafting, consider some of the knots below.
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The Simplest Paracord Knot – The Three Strand Flat Braid
If you have daughters, chances are you already know how to create this paracord craft. Using three strands in three different colors – or the same if you prefer – you simply draw the cords into the center. Start with the left cord, and pull it over the center cord to place it in the center instead. You then repeat it on the right before repeating it again on the left. You continue to do this back and forth until you end up with the length you desire. It’s simple but still beautiful. Take a class in marketing your jewelry for craft shows.
The Four Strand Flat Braid
This particular paracord project is similar to the three strand. However, the extra strand can make things a bit confusing. You should separate the four strands you’re working with as much as you possibly can. Then take the third cord from the left, and place it under the first cord on your left. This will cause your third cord to become your first, your first cord to become your second, and your second cord to become your third.
Let’s illustrate this better by adding some color. You’re working with blue, yellow, green, and red cords. Take the third one, the green one, and look it beneath the blue one, the first one. You will then take the yellow one, the one that used to be second, and loop it over the red one. Your new sequence is now green, blue, red, and yellow. Take the red one, and loop it over the blue one and under the green one.
You will then take the blue one and loop it over the yellow one. Your sequence is now red, green, yellow, and blue. You will then take the yellow cord and loop it over the green one and under the red one. Take the green one, and loop it over the blue. Your sequence of colors is now yellow, red, blue, and green. You will now take the blue one and loop it over the red and under the yellow. Red will be looped over green. Continue this pattern to the desired length. Take a course in startup selling.
The Four Strand Round Braid
Along with the flat braid, there is also a round version. There are two types of the round version – stitched and spiral. Each is done just a little differently, but they both begin with a slip knot base. If you’re interested in learning how to make these two types of round braids, consider watching this tutorial by TIAT. You start by taking two strands of paracord in two different colors and fold them in half to create the slip knot base.
The stitched type is especially interesting because it involves twisting two separate strands of same-color paracord around each other The spiral type, however, involves the same process of twisting two separate strands together, but these are two different colors. Both are beautiful and can be done to create bracelets or even lanyards. Sell your creations on Amazon; learn how with an online class.
The Celtic Button Knot
This particular paracord knot is usually used as a stopper knot for paracord crafts. This knot uses a single cord allowing it to be used for projects that involve only one cord. To make it, you create two loops then weave over the first loop then under the second.
When you go back for a second pass, you go over the second loop and under the first. Then you go over the second loop again and back under the first. When you pull it tight, you have your knot. Check out the images in this article for more help.
The Lanyard Knot
The lanyard knot is also known as the diamond knot and the friendship knot. It is often used for ending or beginning paracord bracelet. A lanyard knot is one of the most commonly used knots when creating paracord projects. The Paracord Guild offers a photo guide of how to create the knot, or you can watch a video with instructions.
The Eternity Knot
A knot as beautiful as this one is usually used as a decorative addition to paracord bracelets and lanyards. It can also be used as a zipper pull. While the image of the knot itself looks quite complex, it is actually much simpler as far as instructions compared to the lanyard knot.
You begin with one strand of paracord and make a loop. Pull up a bit of cord into a bight, and push the bight through the loop. Tighten the loop so the bight is now a loop. Put the end of the cord through the bight-created loop, and tighten it. A new loop will be created. Twist the loop into an infinity symbol. Insert the end of the cord through the back of it and pull it tight. There’s also a photo guide or video that you can watch if you need help following the written instructions.
Creating paracord crafts can be a lot of fun, and you can even make a little money on the side with your projects. Learn how to sell your jewelry on eBay with this online course, and make some side income doing something you enjoy.