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Paracord Storage - Tangle Free!

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If you're reading this, you probably know just how awesome paracord is. However a struggle that has followed me around as long as I've used paracord, has been the tangles. Now, knots are cool, but only when you want them to be there. It's always been difficult for me to take my paracord on the road, store them, put them in my backpack, etcetera, without pulling it out to be full of tangles.

But no longer. That is all going to change with this weave.
 
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Step 1:

I find this weave unique, because while it looks tightly woven and knotted, with a few quick pulls it becomes a dispenser. It can unweave as much or as little, as fast or as slow, as you need at a time. Just pull on the loop at the end, and start pulling. It unravels slowly to give you as much length as you need and no more.

Here is the disk being unraveled:

 

Step 2: Start of The Weave

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Begin the weave by making 6 loops in the paracord. The more paracord you have, the larger you'll want the loops to be. However keep them on the smaller side.

Take the end with the vast majority of rope on it and make a small loop in it. While keeping the loop pinched, wrap the excess around the 6 loops once and bring it through the loop. When bringing some through, don't pull all of the excess, just a little, into another loop. Pull on the new loop inside the original to tighten the original.

Step 3: Continue The Process

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Continue to pinch and pull some excess into a loop, and pull through the old loop. Then wrap the excess around the 6 loops and begin again. From here on you're going to repeat the process over and over, until you get to the end. Depending on how much paracord you have, you might make it all the way around the circle and still have exccess. This is totally okay, just continue on and it will overlap.
WendyT722 days ago

I love this. cord as its own storage device, no excess pieces to run out of or carry around empty. Perfect for the minimalist.

dmoeller1 made it!5 days ago

I used this weave to very easily make a 550 cord wrap for my truck's steering wheel, which after 26 years had hardened and worn smooth & slick. The cord made for an outstanding grip and thanks to this weave I could easily cover it. Plus if I end up needing it in a pinch, now all I have to do is grab and pull. The bottom section is about 50ft of cord and the upper just over 100ft. Works great!

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john mosier2 months ago

great idea!

phantom00005 months ago

Love the idea for keeping my paracord tangle free and organized! You have got my vote.

trans4mation (author)  phantom00005 months ago

Wow, thanks a ton! I hope it helps you ever so much. Have a wonderful day!

Very useful! I think this definitely deserves a win. :-)

trans4mation (author)  Chikpeas Brother5 months ago

This truly means a lot to me. Thank you very much!

You're very welcome! I would have commented even sooner, but I somehow 'unfollowed.' Glad to get that fixed! :-)

That's insane!
trans4mation (author)  pickleman12345678905 months ago

Haha!

go to a try :)
espdp26 months ago
This is really cool! I've been using double and quadruple sennet chains for my para cord, which is quicker to make I think, but it leaves you 1-3 ends sticking out after you cut off what you need, and it can get to be a hassle sometimes. I think this is an improvement.
trans4mation (author)  espdp26 months ago

Hey thanks! Yes, this was definitely a bit time consuming when I first learned it myself, however I find I can do it easily enough while multitasking these days. Do you have any pictures of what a quadruple sinnet chain looks like? It sounds awesome but I can't find any pictures of it. If you do, please share! Thanks for reading. (:

Not yet, but I'll upload some. See http://www.animatedknots.com/chainsinnet/index.php... but imagine the rope folded in half once or twice.

That's what I do as well!

bferguson86 months ago
I love this technique. I started using it a while ago as a way to manage long lengths of cord while weaving big projects. Now I store all my P-cord this way. Thanks for posting.
trans4mation (author)  bferguson86 months ago

No problem! I dig it too. It's supposedly been around for a while, but I just learned about it recently and I'm never going back!