Have you gotten started in paracord weaving projects and need more paracord knots to make your creations a bit more elegant, or maybe you're just bored? Well either way we have compiled the most popular paracord creations to help you make some outstanding pieces!
Paracord weaving is something that continues to grow in popularity. Ever since Bear Grylls burst onto the scene with his paracord bracelet, people have made paracord designs the same way they used to make duct tape wallets and purses.
And we've put this article together for you so that you don't have to scour the web for the most epic paracord knots to add to your bracelets, necklaces, or dog collars (I'm sure someone's done it).
Why Paracord and Not Duct Tape
Well first of all it would be a lot more difficult to make outstanding multicolored 3D shapes with flat pieces of tape. Paracord lends itself to making different shapes much easier and with the added bonus of being a useful accessory.
Unlike duct tape, you can use these paracord creations in life threatening conditions. Like if you're unfortunate enough to get stranded in the wild without many resources, having this handy cordage can make a huge difference.
Whether it's using the cord to put a shelter together or make a trap to get some food you'll not be sorry you decided to use paracord to make some nifty projects instead of sticky tape!
And if you've been an active reader of our site for any amount of time you know that we're all about giving our readers as many ways to be prepared for anything as possible. And with awesome paracord projects like belts, bracelets, and necklaces, adding these extra knots to them is simple and will give you a little more cordage to work with if you need it.
It's always better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it, right?
Benefits of Paracord Weaving
Here are some of the primary benefits of paracord weaving:
First of all this stuff is incredibly cheap, and can be used to make house hold items for a fraction of what they would cost in stores. If you buy a leather belt from a retail shop all you have is a piece of "leather" and a buckle. Whereas if you made this belt yourself you're looking at a total cost of around $2 for all the materials. But the choice is up to you.
Keeps Your Mind Sharp
With all of the amazing knots out there for different paracord masterpieces it's hard to imagine learning them all, but the process of learning and practicing new skills will help improve problem solving and keep your mind sharp. If you're someone who's later on in life and looking for a new hobby that will help to keep them mentally engaged, then this is the skill to practice!
paracord weaving can also help prevent mental slippage for those needing to keep their minds sharp
Improved Motor Skills
We're not talking about fixing up a Bronco motor skills, but the skills required to handle small objects with precision and accuracy. Weaving paracord and making specialty knots is a practice that will improve this area of your life, and you'll see immediate returns within a few weeks.
What You'll Need to Handle These Knots
You can use a paracord jig if you want to, we've done articles that include how to make one yourself in a short afternoon, or you can purchase a ready made one. We're not going to be making bracelets with this jig like in the other article, however, you'll want something to hold the cord steady as you work with it.
And while it does work to just drive a nail into the wall or floor to hold the cord, I doubt that it would be very visually appealing to have random nails stuck in the walls and floors. Or maybe that's just me...
Tips to Make Weaving Easier
Our buddies over at Survival Mastery have a post that addresses the topic of what not to do when you're starting on your paracord journey. But since you're not starting on this journey, this is merely a refresher course, you can just breeze through these.
And if some of them happen to help you then you're welcome ;)
Don't Buy Paracord In Small Batches
The goal of this hobby is to keep the budget as minimal as possible, and the one way to destroy that is to only buy the amount of paracord you need. If you know that this is a hobby you're going to really dive into then go ahead and get a decent amount of paracord.
Improper Fusion of Paracord
Nothing will spoil your awesome paracord design like a weird looking bulge from shady paracord fusion. When you fuse two cords together it's a fantastic opportunity to add an extra pop of color, so don't mess it up with shoddy paracord fusing.
Take the time to improve your basic skills so that you'll be able to move through these knots and projects with the greatest ease!
Melting The Ends, Less is More
You know that cheap yellow nylon rope you can buy at Walmart right, and how the melted ends of this rope look like a thick flat club? Well that's not at all what your paracord needs to look like after you've cut it and melted it!
You'll quickly learn that less is more when it comes to melting the ends of the paracord.
And you do need to melt the ends to make sure that it doesn't come unraveled after you've cut it, because it most certainly will.
Most Amazing Paracord Knots
This extensive list of knots and braids are a compilation of amazing resources from around the web like fusion knots, paracord guild, and survival life. It's a bit difficult to go back and forth between sites to find the one knot you're looking for, so we've taken that step out and put them on this page just for you!
Ashley's Flower Knot
Cliford W. Ashley, author and illustrator of the Ashley Book Of Knots (ABOK), created many original knots alongside the multitude of historical knots he presented. One of those original knots is shown on page 391 and referenced as #2445 in the Ashley Book Of Knots.
A magnificent design, ABOK #2445 is effectively a simple modification of the flower knot. Still many refrain from tying it, on account of Ashley's illustration shows all except how to hold and tie the knot in hand. As a nod to Ashley and the knot he created, this video shows how to tie the knot while in hand.
Ashoka Chakra Knot
The Ashoka Chakra Knot is a fusion knot based upon the "Wheel of Law" edict depicted on the pillars of King Ashoka (an ancient emperor from India).
The Basket Weave Knot
The basket weave knot is deceivingly similar to the prosperity knot, with two major exceptions, it's easier to tie and adjust. Our hope is that you'll find the knot an elegant addition to a necklace, bracelet, or any other item where a decorative flat knot might be appropriate.
Celtic Heart Knot
The Big Celtic Heart Knot is a video instruction in response to calls for a larger Celtic Heart Knot. Just as attractive as the original design (only bigger), the knot makes an excellent centerpiece to a necklace given to someone you love. Video production by J.D. Lenzen of Tying It All Together.
Bloody Knuckle Knot
The Bloody Knuckle Knot is what happens when you fuse a row of half hitches with the Blood Knot. The hitches make knuckles and the Blood Knot (or Barrel Knot) pulls the tie together, resulting in an unusual but attractive design.
The blood knot was so named on account of the fact that it was historically tied in to the cat of nine tails floggers.
The Bumblebee Knot
The Bumblebee Knot (ABOK) is listed on page 373 of The Ashley Book of Knots. But, regretfully, only a line drawing is provided for instruction, with no over-under instructions included. The following video provides over- under instructions, with the knot tied in hand. Video production by JD of Tying It All Together.
Celtic Tree Of Life Knot
The Celtic tree of life symbolizes strength, longevity, and wisdom. It further marks the connection between earth, the spirit and the universe. Often portrayed in illustration, it's rarely if ever shown represented in rope...until now.
Although the Celts are known as people who predominantly populated the British Isles. Their customs, beliefs, and religions were shared by people throughout the 1st millennium BC Europe.
Chinese Clover Leaf Knot
Effectively a miniature version of the Pan Chang Knot, it's cloverleaf pattern is as much a symbol of good luck in China, as it is in the west.
The Cloud Knot branches off the Double Coin Knot in an innovative and seldom realized way. In short, the knot is created via a weaving technique that can be applied to a variety of knots, making them appear more elaborate and decorative.
The two knots you're about to see are the Cross Knot and the Ladder Wrap. For most, these two knots couldn't be more different. Still, in truth they're more similar than they may at first appear. The only difference in the two knots is the number of vertical wraps that traverse the horizontal bight.
Diamond Ring Knot
The Diamond Ring Knot is the fusion of an Overhand Knot and a tying technique called circling. Surveyed separately these two (knot) components might not inspire much interest. But together they inspire so much more, as the following video hopefully shows.
Double Celtic Medallion Knot
The Double Celtic Knot Medallion can be made as a gift for a loved one or for a dear friend. Now on this day, Valentine's Day (here in the U.S.), tying it together share how to make that gift...with you. Best to you all, and keep tying!