Introduction: Twelve Cord Flat Weave Instructions
This instructable is in response to a question made by medicbowling.
I loved the colors and look of the patern of this dog collar. His question was to ask if anyone knew how to make that pattern.
Well... I didn't, but I love a chalenge and was determined to figure out how it was done.
It took me a couple of nights, and gave me some really wierd dreams last night as I tried to figure this out in my sleep, but here it is!
The colorful picture of the collar is the one supplied by medicbowling, and the one that caught my eye. Unfortunately, I do not have such colorful paracord handy, but I did use three colors so the movement of the colors in the pattern could be seen.
I had no clips, half rings, or buckles to attach this to, but then i was just trying out the pattern. That is why it is being made on a piece of thin dowel.
Below are the blow by blow steps of how to make this lovely pattern.
I hope you find it easy to follow!
Step 1: Step 1 - Setting Up the Cords
This is a 12 cord weave. That is six cords doubled.
Figure about a foot of cord for each inch. So a 7" bracelet would need six 7' cords.
The cord used is 550 para-cord, in three colors. Two doubled cords of each,
or four strands hanging down of each color.
* - 1 - fold each cord in half over your buckle, ring, whatever you are using.
set each cord with the back strand on the side you are going to work from. I
worked from the right, so the back strand of each pair is to the right when I
Step 2: Step 2 - Beginning the Weave
* - 2 - Take the back cord on the end you are working on and pass it over
and under the other strands. Over the ones that are on top, and under the
strands that are on the bottom.
Step 3: Step 3 - Setting Up the Patern of Weave
* - 3 - Again take the last cord on the same end that you started working
from, and pass it over, under and so on until you come to the other side. Go
over the previous cross cord. That cord now becomes one of the hanging
strands. Each cross cord will become the last hanging strand in the
Note: in Step 3 and 4, I used a pencil to better show which cord is going over which.. pencil is not needed.
Step 4: Step 4 - Continue the Weave
* - 4 - Up to now, the weave has been left very loose, It does not do any
good to try tightening it up until you have four or five rows. And then you
only want to snug up the upper two. Tightening will come later.
It may not look like the cross cords will be hidden when you are farther
along. but trust me, you will see no cross cords between the hanging ones.
Step 5: Step 5 - See the True Patern Showing Now
* - 5 - Here you can see the true pattern coming out. There will be a lot of
adjusting of the tightness as you continue along. You will have opportunities
to tighten or loosen along the way, clear up to the end of your project. That
is one thing I love about para-cord!
The first two rows have been snugged up but not tightened.
Step 6: Step 6 - Pretty Much Done
* - 6/7 - The pattern is fully reversible, looking no different except for the
flow of the colors. I have still not fully tightened it yet, and you can see a bit
of cross cords showing.. barely, but there.
They will be gone once the full tightening is done.
Well, there you have it. Having come this far with it, it is a shame I will have to undo it.
But I really like the patern and will be getting some hardware to make a belt or bracelet out of this....
I hope this was a clear instructible for you. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them for you!
God Bless, and Happy weaving!