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Step 4: Cobra Knots

The cobra knot is little more than a series of square knots tied around a core strand. This belt is simply two of these running parallel and trading a working strand after every square knot.

Place the buckle on a table with the back facing up.

Pass the inner right working strand over the inner left working strand. Push the outer left working strand, the left core strands, and the inner right that is now the inner left working strand to the side a bit.

Pull the outer right working strand outward a bit, then pass the end in front of the right core strands perpendicular to their length.

Bring the now inner right working strand straight down across the outer right core strand, then behind the right core strands, and up out through the loop of the outer right core strand.

Pull the working strands tight.

Repeat the process in reverse with the same strands. This completes the first right square knot.

Push all of the right strands to the side so that you can work with the left strands.

Do the same thing on the left that you did on the right, but reverse the sides, so that you start by passing the outer left strand across the core strands to start.

Once you complete the first left square knot, pass the inner right working strand over the inner left working strand as you did before.

Repeat making square knots until you reach three inches less than the desired length of the belt.
 
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dojers7 months ago

Hope you see this:

I'm just getting into paracord jewelry/items (like a day into it :) ) and I'm doing a belt (yeah, I know - bad first choice when you've no idea what you're doing - but he had some paracord and wanted a belt and I did some knot-tying a bazillion years ago, not macrame - made key chains, necklaces, that sort of thing with hemp and other types of "string" so I thought I'd give it a go - wow -might have been a mistake LOL)

I love the pictures - that helps with the difficulty of trying to explain how this part goes over this part while the other part goes over that part then under then through the hole stuff :)

But one thing I didn't notice and if I'm right, you might want to clarify that a little bit, is that the inner strand (not the core) changes each set - I mean, you do the right side with the left inner cord, then you do the left side.

However you don't say (and I may just be having a blonde moment which wouldn't surprise me) that you need to grab the left inner cord again once you start the next round and I'm assuming you have to? I did it that way when I started but the next set I just did like the right inner strand was still the correct one to choose and after about 2 rounds, I noticed they weren't right. That's when I noticed the hole. So I'm guessing you need to always grab the inner left cord as your inner right cord for each round?

Thanks for any answer I may get. My son REALLY likes your pictures so he's going to be real happy with that knot provided I can get it right LOL But I think you did a great job with your explanation even though I got/am a little confused. I'm probably one of only a few who didn't catch that you need to grab the left to use as the right in order for the 2 sides to stay together but it still might be a good idea to just adjust that little bit.

When I get it finished - I'll take a picture of it and post it here so you can see the end result (hopefully it'll be good enough that I'm not embarrassed to post it LOL)

hohum dojers6 months ago

dojers, you can make this belt, get the same colors as the instructable, follow the colors, you can do this, i believe in you. j

dojers hohum6 months ago

I did end up making one - ended up a bit short because my son, for whom I made the belt, told me the WAIST size, not the length of the belt so it was ALMOST too short - he was lucky I put a couple extra inches on it and that his belt was big on him (it was for a 40" waist and he's only a 34-36" waist) so it was close but it does fit. Didn't turn out too bad - made some mistakes but for a first time it was good - he's super thrilled with it - and it is made with 850 instead of 550 (that was fun....not!! ;) )

Now I'm making a Slatt's Weave belt for my husband with a 3 loop weave. He needs a "skinny" belt for work as he's a carpenter in construction and wider belts cut into him, especially when he has his work belt on. So keeping fingers crossed on that one. Looking pretty good for the most part tho so I'm happy.

Thanks for a great instructable!!

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dojers dojers6 months ago

Oops - guess that should have said Thanks Rodneybones for a great instructable :) It's what I get for not paying closer attention to whom I am responding lol

hohum6 months ago

I wanted to tell you your math for all the cords was --spot on--- i had a foot extra, per cord, which was fine, once i got the weave working was like meditating, almost any way., your pictures where a big help, using the colors sure cleared up my questions.

it took me about 5 hours to weave a 40'' belt, a few restarts, some fixes of knots done bad, as i worked on the belt, i went really slow, checking what i did, i bought a really nice buckle from Tandy # 1525-00, stainless, 1 1/2'' roller buckle-heavy duty, i made my belt in 550 paracord, burgundy color, looks good with the stainless buckle. Tomorrow, I'll finish the belt with back tacking all the cords, add the keeper, find a box, take the belt to my friend.

I wouldn't change a thing with your instructable - to other folks, buy the same colors - do exactly what is shown in the picture.. GO SLOW - you'll get it.

I sincerely appreciate your taking your time load this instructable

Thank you

PS

I made a paracord belt for me about 4-5 years ago, been wearing it every day, the only problem, it stretches a little with wearing, so i readjust it, no biggie, every leather belt i have every bought has just died, not the parachord one.

cvfd13261 year ago
Good directions, a little hard to follow at first. Took a couple tries for it to come out right. Managed to have it turn out backwards. I think it looks good. Time to try a multicolored belts. Thanks again