VERY SIMPLE Paracord Bracelet Using the Double Fisherman's Knot




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Here is a very simple bracelet you can tie. It does not require any weaving, just a double fisherman's knot. It also contains about 5 feet of cord, but you could probably use more.

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Step 1: The Double Fisherman's Knot

Also known as the grapevine or Double Englishman's knot, the double fisherman's knot is normally used to tie 2 pieces of rope together, usually in climbing to secure lines together, or as a backup knot that makes sure you don't fall off the rock wall. (Not a good thing!)
If you want some more info on this check out this Wikipedia article

Step 2: Tools and Materials

You will need:
     >About 5 feet of paracord
     >Knife or other sharp cutting instrument

Step 3: Sizing

Measure off about 5 feet of paracord. You will want to burn/whip the ends. To figure out the right size for your bracelet, wrap it around the fattest part of your hand. When you run out of cord, just pull it off.

Step 4: Arrrrr! X Marks the Spot!

You may want to practice the knot on something else to start, or with a thicker rope.

1) Cross the paracord over your thumb.
2) Create an "X" (See the second image)
3) Pull the end of the cord under the X

Step 5: Now... for Real!

You are going to want to do the same thing here, Cross the paracord over your thumb. Then create an "X" and pull the end of the cord under the X.

However, this time you are going to want to do it twice, once with both ends of the cords.

Step 6: Tightening

To tighten the bracelet, put it on your wrist and pull the knots away from each other.

After a while of sliding, the knots may become tight and hard to slide. If this happens, just simply re-tie the knots.

Step 7: Multi-color Bracelet

What you need to do to make a bracelet with more than one color is to form the 2 cords into one. The best way is done by the paracord master, Stormdrane!
*bows down*
Here is the step from his Paracord wrist lanyard instructable that he uses 2 colors. All you need to do then is tie the knot.

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    4 years ago

    Made this for my husband who wanted it tight. so I wrapped it around his wrist and tied it on there. he loves it.

    BobMarleyFanyour dog

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    oh. well mine says "made in vietnam" or sumthing. i got mine from my grandfather.. its not that good of a working knife but its all i have that was his..

    theburn7your dog

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I have a similar knife, but it was made from a metal file. I ordered it from a magazine years ago. Great steel. This one was made in Pakistan. Very high carbon. The colorful grip design gives it away.

    your dogBobMarleyFan

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I got it for 7 dollars 5 years ago. It almost went through airport security one time; i discovered it at the last second when taking out my camera. Lucky i was able to mail it home at a booth nearby. (It cost more than the knife in dollars, but in sentimental value it was priceless)

    ok, I have just finished making one of these, and I have run into an issue.. I had a hard time getting in over my hand and onto my wrist because it is so tight, but it is still very loose on my wrist, and of course I can't seem to make it much smaller without having uneven strands, and thus making it look all lumpy, and not as pretty as yours.. any idea what I have done wrong? I know its vague, but it's a start

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    The paracord might be a little short. Also, did you make sure to tie it at the fattest part of your hand?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice little instructable and great bracelet. My kids love to make these becuase they're so easy and quick to make. Nicely shown, thanks for sharing :-)

    your dogbrandonduh

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    the knots don't come untied as much as they actually get tighter. if you talk it off to take a shower, you probably need to retie it every couple weeks. its simple though, i have done it in the dark with one hand.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is great. Simple to tie, simple to untie, easy to measure, can be tied on the run. Great if you want to do this in a hurry while out camping etc. without being too fancy. I will actually use this.
    My vote is in.
    By the way, have you seen a website called Animated Knots by Grog?

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