If you have some paracord and a few hours on your hand and you are bored, then make this out of paracord! It seems like I should be launching into a sales pitch right about now...
I developed this after the cross I had previously put up. What is unique about this as you can see in the picture the cross lies flat against the wrist. When tying the cross under enough tension the edges like to pull in on itself. So why is this a good thing? All of the bracelet and cross stay right up against the wrist so it doesn't get in the way of daily activity.
Hope you enjoy! I know some people have been looking for a prayer bracelet that doesn't have a cross or crucifix hanging from the bracelet. Here is the result to solve that issue.
Step 1: Materials
550 Paracord 9-10 ft
Lighter (for all you OCD people out there, please just pretend it's in the picture)
Step 2: Cross Knot
This is how everyone teaches it -the boring way.
Step 3: Cross Knot My Way
Find the middle of the cord and start with the index finger and wrap around hand the way the first picture depicts. Loop the one working end that should be running toward you underneath the cord and between the ring and middle finger. Loop it up through the loop around the index finger then down through the loop around the ring finger.
Check out Cross-Knot Cross for more detailed steps on how to do this.
Step 4: Starting the Cross
As the first knot is adjusted leave a loop about a half inch in diameter. Continue making these knots in a bar until three cross knots have been tied.
Step 5: Cross Cont.
Start with the paracord (left of the knots) over the index with the knots on the outside of the hand. Loop the paracord around the fingers as done before and you should find the knotted end of the paracord crossed towards the palm (pic1). Take the knots and use them as the leading end to work under the paracord between the ring and middle finger. Thread the knotted end through the bottom of the loop around the index and back through the top of the loop around the ring.
Tighten and work out the slack out but make sure to leave a small loop.
Step 6: Cross Finished
Start with the paracord (the working end coming off the right side of the knots) over the index fingers with the knots in the palm then loop through the fingers so that the knotted end is out the back (pic1). Finish the knot as it has been done before.
Take both paracord strands and finish the final cross knot by starting it as picture three depicts.
Step 7: Hail Mary or Prayer Knots
Use the pictures for the best reference on how to tie knot #778 in The Ashley Book of Knots (it looks like a helix so I like to refer to it as the Helix knot).
Tie ten of these knots (I alternated making this knot forwards and backwards). Make sure to space them out evenly when tying this knot.
Getting a specific length is rather difficult, therefore it may be necessary to work back through the knots to evenly space them out (or it could be left as is as evenly spaced out with no desired length and the knots could be a ladder for how tight or how loose it fits around the wrist).
Cut and singe the ends once satisfied.
Step 8: Finished!
I made a couple variations:
-the purple has two Helix stopper knots with ten paracord beads in between,
-the safety green has two Diamond Knots (or commonly known as lanyard knots among the paracord community) with ten gutted paracord beads between
What I noticed: The purple prayer bracelet would be great for a guy except for the color. The green requires the least amount of paracord but the most time. The purple takes about the same time as the green. The white uses the most cordage.
Get creative with the knots! You can use any two strand stopper knot!
Let me know what you think, and Thank You for reading!