Step 14: Plaiting the 12 strands outer layer
First , get/cut your strands for this layer :
- 2x 7,30m
- 1x 5,50m
- 1x 5m
- 1x 4,30m
- 1x 3m
Once again, take the inner strands out and fold your gutted paracord in half .
Work from the middle to get your 12 strands.
Begin this layer as you did the first one, only arranging the strands by groups of 3 instead of pairs (see pictures)
Begin plaiting with the upper right strand, then go on as you did so far.
The formula for the 12 plait is under 3, over 3 .
remember to keep things tight and even.
When you reach the marks where the whip becomes thinner,go a bit past them ( remove your marking aid ) and drop 2 strands as in the previous steps.
The formula for the 10 plait is under 3, over 2.
For the 8 plait it is under 2 over 2.
Continue the 8 strand plait until you reach the point where the taped part of the inner layer is.
Remove the tape.
Cut the 2 shortest strands of the inner layer there.
Cut the remaining 2 at 10cm(0.30 ft) and 15-20cm (0.5-0.65 ft )
Continue the 8 plait over these.
Drop to a 6 plait ( under 2 over 1 ) as you progress.
Then to the 4 plait ( under 1 over 1) when to the end of the lone inner cord.
Keep 15 cm of strands at the end to tie the fall knot.( next step)
Once again, the pictures featuring orange paracord are illustrations, they're not what your actual whip should look like at this point.