I love paracord, both for its countless uses and the fact that it looks really cool when woven into bracelets, belts, straps, etc. I work backstage and am always looking for a good way to carry a large amount of cord on me that can be easily accessed. I found The Slatts Rescue Belt and decided to see if I could weave one into itself without using a buckle. The results came out to be a nice looking bracelet that can be undone in a matter of seconds.
Step 1: What You'll Need
-Paracord 550. I used the Digital Camo for this instructable. The length really doesn't matter due to the nature of how the knot is tied, just have a large bundle and you can cut off the excess at the end.
-Lighter to close off the ends
-Pen or similar shaped object to start the weaving.
-Knife, scissors, or some other way to cut the cord.
-Pliers to help pull and tighten weaving.
Step 2: Beginning the weave
First tie a half hitch slip knot then slide it onto the pen or whatever you're using. Then begin to wrap the cord behind the pen and over the top. I wrapped it around four times but you can to however many you want depending on how wide you want it. Pull your finger out and leave a gap under the pen.
Step 3: Weaving
This is the basic move you'll be using for the weaving. Make a loop with the working end and pull it through the loops hanging down. Pull the wrapped loops tight but leave the loop to the right hanging out about an inch or two with the leading end on the bottom.
Step 4: Weaving cont.
From the leading end, pull a loop down between each weave then repeat step 3 through the four new loops. Make sure they are all oriented the same way. I oriented it with the left side of the loops facing towards me. It takes a little bit of getting used to, it pulled it all apart three or four times before I found a rhythm. Make sure you keep pulling it all tight as you go.
Step 5: Weaving cont.
Continue weaving until it fits comfortably around your wrist. This will take a while but keep at it and try to keep it all looking even. Remember, if you screw up a row, just pull on the leading end to take apart a row. When you're weaving, keep the loops to the right all twisted in the same direction. Otherwise it will look slightly uneven.
Tip: The cord will get twisted. When it does, roll it between your index finger and thumb as you're pulling it through to straighten it out.
Step 6: Finishing
This is the part where I began my experimenting. I had a design that worked and was easy to take off but very hard to put back together. The second way I like a lot even though it looks slightly less clean.
Find a good length that's comfortable around your wrist (you could also make it longer so you can slip it on and off your hand). When you do, pull out three loops from the working end like you've been doing but leave then there. These will mesh together with the starting loops and will be the point where it all is connected. You can now remove the pen and cut off the excess cord. Leave about 8 to 12 inches on the end so you can tie it all together.
Take the leading end and weave it back and forth. For my bracelet one side had four loops and the other had five. I started by threading through the first loop of the side with five, then over to the side with four, alternating until I got to the end.
Step 7: Finishing cont.
Pull it tight but leave a small loop on the other end that can be tightened. Then take your leading end, feed it under the bracelet and through the loop. Continue wrapping like this until there is no more excess cord (I went over two times). Then, pull everything tight and you're done. If you want to take it off, just undo steps 6 and seven.
I am currently experimenting with a way to finish that will make it look more seamless, stay tuned for updates!