Introduction: Paracord Soft Shackle

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Soft shackles are made to be a strong, lightweight alternative to carabiners. Various uses can range from securing items to a backpack pack, or suspending a hammock. Because the soft shackles are made out of cord they are lighter than carabiners, and they take up less room.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

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You will need: two feet of paracord, a tool of your choice to poke a hole in the paracord, scissors, a measurement tool, a lighter, and micro paracord.

Step 2: Fold the Paracord in Half.

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Not much to explain here.

Step 3: Tie a Diamond Knot

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In the other end of the rope loosely (you will need to adjust the size of the loop) tie a diamond knot.

If my pictures don't do the job: http://www.animatedknots.com/lanyard/index.php?Cat...

Step 4: Size the Loop

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The paracord loop needs to be about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Step 5: Cut the Paracord

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Cut and fuse the paracord as close to the knot you can.

Step 6: Mark the Knot

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The paracord needs to be marked about an inch from the knot.

Step 7: Poke a Hole

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Use a tool of your choice to poke a hole in the paracord through the spot you marked, and then poke it through the other end to widen the hole.

Step 8: Cut the Micro Paracord

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one foot of micro paracord will work perfectly.

Step 9: Knot the Micro Paracord

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A double overhand knot needs to be tied in the micro paracord.

Here is a link to the knot: http://www.animatedknots.com/doubleoverhand/

Step 10: Put the Rope in the Hole

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Step 11: Poke Another Hole

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this hole needs to be adjacent to the first hole.

Step 12: Thread the Cord

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Pass the end of the micro paracord through the second hole.

Step 13: And Another Hole

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Put a hole 5 mm under the second hole.

Step 14: Thread the Cord

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Pass the cord through the hole that was just made and then through another hole adjacent to it.

Step 15: More Holes

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Repeat the previous steps until the micro paracord passes through the paracord four times, and then pull it tight.

Step 16: Wrap It

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Tightly wind the micro paracord up towards the double overhand knot.

Step 17: One More Hole

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you can see where this is going.

Step 18: One More Knot

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Secure the micro paracord by tying a double overhand.

Step 19: You Could Be Done Here

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If you want to put in the extra effort there is one additional step, but the soft shackle will work as it is now.

Step 20: If You Want To...

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Use the micro paracord to make a small loop in the other end of the soft shackle.

Step 21: No Micro Paracord, No Problem

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The micro paracord can be replaced by a knot, but using a knot weakens the paracord and doesn't look as nice.

Step 22: Using the Soft Shackle

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Pass the end of the shackle through the small loop formed by the micro paracord and over the diamond knot.

Step 23: Enjoy!

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Comments

colas11 made it! (author)2016-06-04

Thanks for sharing!

hornbadoing (author)2015-02-20

This is the most infuriating knot i have ever tried to tie.

3366carlos (author)2015-01-15

nice

hegure_ryu (author)2015-01-08

Really like this. It's like the old Chinese rope buttons on some of their clothes. Can't remember what they were called.

rlagill (author)hegure_ryu2015-01-11

Simply known as "Chinese button knots"; see ABOK 599.

hegure_ryu (author)rlagill2015-01-14

Well there you go. Easier than I thought. Thanks for the reference.

matula (author)2015-01-10

i tend to just use a stopper knot on one end, and a hitch on the other, but this is neat!

Michami (author)2015-01-09

This is an awsome knot! I put a fisherman's knot under the diamond knot and it worked perfectly.

ИванС made it! (author)2015-01-09

Very nice IDEA!!!

peppypickle (author)2015-01-08

wonderful job - and thanks for the amazing photos!!

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