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How to Tie a 4 Strand Paracord Braid with a Core and Buckle.

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This bracelet is made with 550 paracord. I gutted the working cords so that it would give it a flatter, more feminine look and feel. But, it works just the same without gutting the cord. The middle core is not gutted. I have found that doing it this way gives the braid a more rounded look.
 
The formula for the needed cord is (wrist size in inches) / (.17). It will give you measurement in inches. Sorry metricites. For example, if you are making one for a 6.5 wrist, then you'll take 6.5 / .17 = 38.23. So, you'll need a little over 38 inches of cord for "both" cords. If you are using 4 colors, then you'll need 19 inches of both color. Fused together, this will give you 38 inches. Yeah, I know. I'm a genius. Since I used 550 cord, this formula might be a little off if you are using 450, micro cord, or even 650 and above.
 
Tying this works best on a paracord jig of some sort, but it is not necessary. The jig allows you to keep the core tight as you braid the cord.
 
I have tried to include enough pics in order for you to see every step, but feel free to comment and ask questions if there is any confusion.
 
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Step #1: fuse cords together. Don't worry about how ugly the connection looks. You are going to hide it in the hitch.

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Step #2: Tie a hitch knot on the buckle. If you don't use buckles, you can just tie the hitch using the loop method

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Step #3A: loosen hitch knot and run cords through so that the fused part is in between it. This will hide any ugliness.

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Step #3B: just another angle of the cords going through the hitch

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Step #4: re-tighten the hitch so that it cinches down on the fused cords.

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Step #5: You can start with either side. I started with the top left cord. Take that cord under the core, in between the other two cords, and down over like the pic shows.
swim113 days ago
So cool!!!!!!
welchjr (author)  swim112 days ago

thanks

angelnz made it!14 days ago

I loved making this, it was easier than it looked . Thank you for a great tutorial :)

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welchjr (author)  angelnz2 days ago

very nice

stellarina6 months ago
Very nice. Easy to follow. Your choice of colors is great. I never would have thought of using dark brown with black.
welchjr (author)  stellarina6 months ago
Thanks. They make great necklaces too. As far as color choices, I have a great site I use a lot of times when I am just trying to make something new. The address is http://colorschemedesigner.com/ It's a great tool to use. Good luck and keep tying.
artistmoko77 months ago
A tutorial like this one would be fine, pics with explainations. Also, if you have an idea on attaching a D ring that would be awesome too. Trying to make matching collar and leash set.
artistmoko77 months ago
I can kind of see the reasoning on using that method for attaching the loop back to the length of the leash (this will be my first paracord project ever), but would it be possible to get a tutorial on how? or would I just slip the same colors through each other for a few rows?
welchjr (author)  artistmoko77 months ago
Let me put together a tut and I can explain it better. It won't be until later this evening, though. Do you prefer vid or pics? pm me your email address and I can send it to you there. Or, if you are on FB, you can contact me there. My site is https://www.facebook.com/wawelch?ref=tn_tnmn
artistmoko77 months ago
Hey,
Love the look of this braid! I am trying to alter the method just a bit so I can make a dog leash out of it.. How would you suggest I make a looped handle out of the braid without making a separate piece?

On some other tutorials, they don't have a core or anything like that, you have to thread the braid strands into part of it that you already have braided (back braiding?) for 5 or 6 rows and then fuse the cords into the braid melting it to the other strands.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!
welchjr (author)  artistmoko77 months ago

Hello. Thanks for your interest. By having the core, you are allowed a little bit more opportunity to make certain things. In this case, it will definitely help with the loop. I would just loop the core and fuse it to itself before I started braiding. Don't worry about the ugliness because the braid is gonna hide it.

Braid around the loop all the way around until it meets back up with itself (i.e. just follow the core loop around until you can't go any further. As you get closer to the end, the cord will be somewhat difficult to braid. You can use hemostats here to help you. You can then cover this with a Turkshead knot to hide where the braided part on the loop meets up. Of course, this is just my own personal suggestion.

If I just confused you even more, I apologize. I promise that it's in my head the right way. lol. Let me know if you have anymore questions or if you need a video or pic tutorial to further explain what I just laid out.

stevedawg9 months ago
Do you know what the weave is called
welchjr (author)  stevedawg9 months ago
Yes, it is just a 4 strand braid. The paracord, except the core, is gutted, though which, imo, gives it a much cleaner look. Thanks for your comment.
stevedawg9 months ago
Is it just 4 strand
ScrappyJill12 months ago
Thank you so much for posting this! This is exactly what I was looking for.
welchjr (author)  ScrappyJill12 months ago
You bet.Thanks. Let me know if you have any questions.
Schmidty161 year ago
looks good too bad its gutted
welchjr (author)  Schmidty161 year ago
It doesn't have to be gutted. It just gives it a more feminine look and feel to it when it is.Not saying that it is all the case, but since most ties are fairly manly due too its bulk, this one makes a nice addition to someone's inventory for females. Thanks for viewing and the comment.
I don't understand how gutting them gives it a more feminine look? It just makes it smaller and maybe rounder, as far as I can tell.
welchjr (author)  Ijsbeer1 year ago
That is what makes it feminine. What what I have seen, many girls hesitate buying certain styles because they are bulky. It is the smallness that they seem to want more.
That just makes it smaller though.. Have you never seen women with huge earrings or bangles etc.? I don't really see how a paracord bracelet can be either feminine or masculine, to be honest. Meh, whatever. It does look good though.
welchjr (author)  Ijsbeer1 year ago
I never said it was the definitive look for every single female on the planet and beyond. All I stated was my opinion on what I have seen personally. If you have another take on it, that's great. Write your own instructable and put whatever you want on there. From what I HAVE EXPERIENCED through the making and selling of paracord bracelets, most females prefer a smaller knot. Have I sold bigger ones to females? Sure. Are there girls out there that prefer bigger bracelets? Most certainly. But most of the questions I usually get is if I can make the same ones in a smaller version. Therefore, when I say that gutting it makes it more feminine, I do so because of these experiences.
Ian011 year ago
"The formula for the needed cord is (wrist size in inches) / (.17). It will give you measurement in inches. Sorry metricites."

Just take the wrist size in centimetres and divide by .17 to get the paracord length in centimetres…
8steve881 year ago
I must be a bit thick, I can't work out the steps between fig.9 and fig10.
What happens to the other 2 cord ends?
welchjr (author)  8steve881 year ago
Once you take the cord from the top under the core and then in between the 2 cords on the other side, pull it down. To tighten it, you'll have to grab all four strands and pull. Then start again with the top cord from the other side and so on. Does this help? If not, I can add some more pics.
Sorry, I've been having trouble posting, I meant to say thanks for taking the time to publish these instructables. I've only been doing this "man knitting" for a few months. This is a lovely weave.
welchjr (author)  welchjr1 year ago
Also, as you do a few braids, push up toward the beginning to make the braid more circular or leave it loose to flatten it out.
8steve881 year ago
Thank you, that's much clearer.
amcayanan1 year ago
welchjr thanks for sharing, it's beautiful and I really like it!
welchjr (author)  amcayanan1 year ago
You are very welcome and thank you for the comments.
3366carlos1 year ago
very cool.
welchjr (author)  3366carlos1 year ago
Thanks
J-Five1 year ago
I like the design.

And at first glance I thought it was a snake.
welchjr (author)  J-Five1 year ago
lol. Thanks. And other people have said the same thing. Looks like a coral snake. I did another one in electric blue, marigold, khaki, and brown. It turned out really nice.
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