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Belly fishtail paracord bracelet

In this tutorial I demonstrate how to tie the belly fishtail paracord bracelet.

One of the bracelets I had on my wishlist to tie was this interesting looking bracelet. It resembles the fishtail paracord bracelet, hence the name.

Most people quote Matthias Angello as the creator of this design. It would not surprise me one bit, he is a superb knot artist/braider.

So, in this tutorial I demonstrate how to weave this pattern. I have modified the start a bit for my tying preference.

fishtail belly paracord bracelet

So, let’s get into it!

Supplies

For tying this style of bracelet I recommend:

  • paracord 550. I used up about 11.5 feet of cord for a 5.5 inch weave (the bracelet is longer because of the buckle).
  • a 5/8 bracelet buckle
  • scissors
  • lighter
  • optionally a bracelet jig to make your work a bit easier
  • a lacing needle is used to tuck the ends when you are done. This is completely optional.

With these supplies ready, let’s move on to the tying process.

wearing-the-fishtail-belly-bracelet

The tutorial

This bracelet is made using a tripple core. This is probably the first time I have used a tripple core on a bracelet, but it was not hard to set up.

I used the double core and simply passed my working ends through the sides of the cow hitches to get started. See the images below for a clearer picture.

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The bottom part of the bracelet when using the double core setup.

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The top part.

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Pass the ends through the bottom hitches to get a tripple core.

We now start weaving.

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Take your right cord and pass it under one-over two-under three.

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Do the same with the left cord. Under one-over two-under three.

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Now take the right and go over three-under three.

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Then with the left, again over three-under three.

With this we have done one sequence or step. We now start again.

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The right cord goes under one-over two-under three.

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The left goes under one-over two-under three.

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The right goes over three-under three.

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Then the left goes over three-under three.

Continue until you reach the other side of the bracelet.

Tightening and finishing

Tightening is a big part of weaving and knot work. I tighten this bracelet by reaching the top, then pushing down the weave and removing the slack from it. This keeps it nice and consistent.

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Pulling out the slack.

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To finish I use a lacing needle and work the ends into the bracelet under a few sections (on the bottom side).

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When both sides are done, cut and melt the ends!

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I hope this tutorial was clear enough guys. Be sure to ask away in the comment section if you have any issues!

Also see the video tutorial for more info!

Enjoy your bracelet!

About Markwell

I am a defense science graduate. I like to create beautiful things out of paracord.

One comment

  1. Perfect tutorial, thanks! I’ve gone to a few sites and so far this was the best and clearest to follow for this weave =D

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