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
following row.

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.

Step 7:

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!


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22 Discussions


5 years ago on Introduction

Hi there! Thank you for asking.... now,
Chunky? Do you mean as wide? It will be narrower with less cords or thinner with smaller cord. You could also take out the core of your paracord and it will be flatter. As far as the technique itself of the weave, I you could do it with as few as three cords..... and you would have a simple braid. Here is the deal though. .... it is not until you get to 6 cords that the crossing cord will be hidden, Below are pictures of 3,4,5, and 6 cords. You can see in the 5 cord pict., that the horizontal cord is starting to recede from view.
I hope this has helped!

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Reply 3 years ago

ooh I love the one with four cords, but I believe it's called something else..

if you want a way to end it you need to look into a "back braiding" technique.... i know of two..... one brings the cord to a flat end....... (pictured) and the other way brings it to a point..... which is nice for collars with buckles but it does have a tendency to curl where ass the flat one doesnt

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I am making 2 dog collars using this pattern but can not figure out the back braiding technique you have in the picture. Could you please give me a link that explains how to do the one in your picture, or if you don't mind, just telling me how to do it? Thanks!


You need to work each cord back through the cross knots until it can remain tight. Use forceps or needle nose pliers to draw each cord under the knots. When you reach the sides, cut and burn each end to seal it in place. You can look on youtube under 'TIAT' That channel has hundreds of paracord projects and you are shown how to sear and seal each cord in place. Once the ends are melted and pressed back into the know they came out of, they will not come undone.


5 years ago on Step 6

A friend of mine wants me to make him a guitar strap - thinking of doing it with this weave cause it needs to be 4" wide. Doing weaves with knots don't look as 'clean' as this. Wish me luck!!

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Reply 5 years ago on Step 6

Oh I DO! It will be smashing! Just use as many cords as you need for the width and size of cord. Isn't it cool to be able to make what we (or our friends) need? Let me know how he loved it, when you are through!


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I did a little test run and there seemed to be so much work tightening up. Now take into account that this will be 4-5 feet long. So I am doing another weave that is kind of similar but easier. LOL I posted my 'sample' of the concept and will update as I progress. You can see my sample at

Thank you for the GREAT instructions and the beginning of my inspiration!!


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Thank you elliemae, for sharing your project with me! I looked at the picture, and I like the way you are using colors. Very nice. I know that tightening up is a pain, that is why doing it as you go is important, The extreme measures you need to go through if you missed one way back, just isn't worth it!!! But you shouldn't have a problem when tightening it up 2-3 rows above, you just pull the cross cord and then take each drop cord and push them up from below. Once or twice and it is tight. The weave for your project is reminiscent of my friendship bracelet days... a looooong time ago! LOL. Good luck and keep me updated!


5 years ago

Can you do this with less rows so it's not as chunky


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Thank you for your interest
If I was going to make this into something, I would draw 1/2 of the cords (every other one) through a buckle, front to back. Then mark on each through cord where they would slip into the back of the weave. then take it out of the buckle and draw back the outside wrap and cut the inner strands of nylon. Then fuse the end of the outer casing shut, and put them back into the buckle. (This makes them thinner and easier to hide without added bulk) Put the rest of the cords between each buckle cord to the back.(you can always bend them around to the front and tie them out of the way until you are through with the back)
Now, pull the empty cords through some of the back weave, Pull tight! and cut and singe again. Now cut the other cords and singe them as well.
I hope this helps you!


6 years ago on Introduction

Awesome 'ibble!

This method is also known as Fingerweave. I did quite a few of these waaaay back in my Boy Scout/OA days, usually with yarn, which made it fairly easy to manage up to 36 strands. Another weave style is to start in the middle and work your way outwards with the strands (ie, when using 8 strands, you'll have them laid out L4-L3-L2-L1-R1-R2-R3-R4...start with R1 and weave it in the over-under pattern through the L's, then pick up L1 and weave through the R's, rinse and repeat). This will give you a chevron ("V") pattern. Using some creativity as to how you lay out your strands, I made one belt that had one solid black side, with the other side alternating black/white cords with solid gray on either side (IIRC, the original layout was B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B--G-G-W-B-W-B-W-B-G-G). Two strands next to each other will give a solid line down the length of the weave, and single strands will give a dotted-line pattern. Gonna have to dig around in the attic and see if I still have that belt somewhere, I got more comments on that weave at PowWows and various other functions than anything else.

Need to get some paracord sometime and try weaving with it...seen some interesting belts/shoulder straps/rifle slings online that I want try. win the Powerball.....LOL


6 years ago on Introduction

I love your instructions. I have been looking for this type of weave. However, I am hoping you can clarify the tightening sequence. You indicate to do 4 or 5 rows, before beginning the tightening, then do only 2 rows. When you say rows, do you mean the horizontal cross cord? Where do you pull to tighten? Then how do you get rid of the slack?

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Hi Frogs!
Okay, lets see if I can explain better.
Look at Step 4. This is very loose, because the paracord has to have something to hold on to in order to stay tightened when you tighten it. This is because this is a weave and not a knot.

In #5, I did start to snug them up a bit. See the purple line on the top left? That is the first tightening spot. Pull the end right next to the last green line. In #6, you can see both first rows good and tight. I followed up by pulling the first and second purple cord sideways, (to pull the hanging cords tight together) and then pulled the hanging part of the purple cords one at a time. Back and forth until you see it is holding. Then you snug up the rows below and continue until you can tighten those too.

So first pull the end of the horizontal part and then the down weaving part of each cord in turn and go back and do it again until you are satisfied with how even and tight it is.

you can even do this if you have gotten down quite a way and found that an earlier one was not tight enough. I would use a small nose pliers to grip the cord where it came out at the side, these are great for gripping a small area. Then go down two or three rows and pull on the down weaving part of the cord. Continue to do this until you can pull on the hanging end currently available and there will be no slack to deal with.

You may now I have to go back and re-tighten every cord.that came after it, so be ready for that too!

I had this problem with a completed knotted bracelet, oh what a pain! I did not check it out carefully enough before I finished it. Still, with paracord I was able to go back and knot by knot, adjust and tighten it all the way down. Time consuming, but worth it.

I hope this helped you! Write back if you have more questions, and thank you for liking my instructable!

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7 years ago on Introduction

In case you don't know what chase_n_thunder means by back weaving....

You try to weave the end of the cord along the itself from the back until it has one or two cross cords holding it. Then you cut and melt the end withg a lighter. I usually pull the cord a little tighter than it has to be so I can let the seared end slip back under the last over cord. That way it sticks to itself out of sight from either side.

12 cords, that's insane! It would be awesome if you could undated this when you get the hardware because I always seem to have an issue about how to finish up those lose ends in any paracord project.

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12 cords really isnt that bad...... i have done up to 18 cords with this braid and as little as 4.... realistically you can make it as wide as you need with this kind of weave.