Intro: Stitched Solomon Paracord Bracelet
The Stitched Solomon is easy to make and has a unique look.
Step 1: Supplies
For this 8 inch bracelet I used a 16 inch length of one color 550 paracord and two 36 inch lengths of a second color paracord. I also used the usual tools - a 1/2 inch side release buckle, scissors, a lighter, and a pair of needle nose pliers (replacing my bent nose pliers that broke during another project. Really, buy pliers from the hardware store instead of the craft store.) I also used a sewing needle and an inner strand from 550 paracord.
The shorter cord is going to be the two inner strands of the Core. This cord should be twice the length of bracelet you want to make. In this case, I am making an 8 inch bracelet so my cord is 16 inches.
Step 2: Begin at the Beginning
Since I want the core strands to be a different color from the outer strands, I have to fuse the shorter length of paracord between the two longer lengths.
The method of joining cord I like best is called Splice and Stitch.
Pull about an inch of the inner strands out of the end of the one length of cord. In this case, the white cord. Singe the hollow end with the lighter and squeeze it flat with the pliers.
Pull about an inch of the inner strands out of the end of the cord you want to join, in this case the blue cord. Insert the nose of your needle nose pliers to open up the end of the cord. Singe the edges to prevent unraveling.
Now insert the flattened cord into the open cord. At this point you could just use your lighter to slightly melt the cord at the joining and smash the joint together with pliers. It would be a weaker joint but for decorative uses, especially if the joint will be buried somewhere in the core it would do just fine. Since I want a stronger joint, I stitch the ends together using an inner strand from another piece of paracord.
Do the same thing at the other end of the core, in this case the white cord.
Now I have over 7 feet of continuous cord.
(Making this with a knot and loop closure is even easier because you don't have to do any joining of colors. Cut your core cord three times your wrist measurement. The outer cord can be left as one continuous 6 foot length. I like using a buckle but that is personal taste.)
Step 3: Attach the Buckle
Fold the cord in half so you can slide the very middle of it into one piece of the buckle. Leave a small loop at the top of the buckle. Slide the loose ends of the cord through this loop and pull it snug. This will leave a loop on the inside of the bracelet, the side that will be against your wrist.
Slide the loose ends through the second piece of buckle and pull until you have the length you want your bracelet between the two buckle pieces
Step 4: Start Tying
1. Pull the right cord over the core strands and over the left cord.
2. Pull the left cord under the core strands and over the loop of right cord.
3. Pull the knot snug. This is a starter knot to hold the cords in place.
Now for the pattern.
1. Slide the right cord under the right core cord, then over the left core cord, then under the left cord.
2. Slide the left cord under BOTH core cords, then over the loop of right cord.
3. Pull the knot snug.
4. Slide the left cord under the left core cord, then over the right core cord, then under the right cord.
5. Slide the right cord under BOTH core cords, then over the loop of left cord.
6. Pull the knot snug.
You can see the pattern emerging.
Step 5: Repeat. and Repeat. and Repeat.
Repeat the pattern from step 4 above until your bracelet is the length you want.
Step 6: Finishing Off
Turn the bracelet over and use the needle nose pliers to pull the loose ends of cord through the loop you made when attaching the buckle. Pull tight!
Now snip the extra way and singe the edges to prevent unraveling.