Step 8: Begining the First Layer
You are now ready to begin plaiting the first layer.
Get the appropriate lengths of paracord to make this 8 strand round plait:
- 2x 5m -> 4x 2,5 (16.4ft)
- 1X 3m -> 2x 1,5 ( 9.90 ft )
- 1x 4,30m -> 2x 2,15 (14.10 ft )
Take the inner strands out of them, save for later use.
Don't forget to melt the ends before going on.
From now your gutted paracord will tend to lay flat.
You can run it once or twice around a soft round spot to make it even if you want. ( a metal bar or pipe of some kind )
You could also just run it through your fingers as I did, but do this carefully so as not to burn your fingers, you'll need them later ;)
Next, fold the 4 pieces in half and work with the middle of the cords.
How you group them doesn't matter for the next step.
From there, follow the pictures to lay them out properly :
- Using a first pair ( again, which strands doesn't matter), cross them in front of the handle as pictured.
- Then, thread the second pair through the loop and lay it as in the third picture.
Make sure all the lengths are even on both sides while you still can :)
( For the sake of simplicity i'm not showing the actual whip here but a "model" of it using 2 different colors.
Also note that your strands should be gutted and flat at this point )