Today we stitch a paracord bracelet with the heart rate stitch.
This stitch is another one designed by Ted Potter. When practicing this stitch I had the luck of my wife taking a look. As a doctor she did modifications to the original stitch to more closely resemble a healthy heart rate. So this is a modified version of the original.
Unlike the Heart stitched bracelet, this bracelet is more health/medical themed.
With that said, let’s talk supplies, then stitch away!
You will need the following items:
- a cobra knot bracelet.
- micro cord, a length of 9 inches (23 cm) for stitching the heart. I recommend red color.
- micro cord, a length of 3 feet (90 cm) for the heart rate pattern. Blue, green, black all work well.
- a lacing needle is recommended.
- scissors and a lighter for cutting and melting your cords.
Below you will find a photo, as well as a video tutorial on the stitch.
Stitching the heart
Start by finding the middle point in the bracelet.
Attach your cord (9 inches long) on the underside of the bracelet.
Work your cord onto the top side, through a square knot in the middle of the bracelet.
Pass your cord top down, in between two square knots at the top.
Come up in between the two square knots to the left.
And down, in between the two square knots on the left.
Up through the bottom square knot, like at the start.
Top down, in between two square knots at the top.
Bottom up at the middle of the heart at the top.
Finally, top down in between two square knots to the right.
Secure the end on the bottom, finishing your heart. Trim the ends.
Heart rate pattern
Here, you can see where we will be placing the peaks of the heart rate. Essentially, every two square knots on each side of the heart.
Attach your cord (3 feet long) on the bottom of the bracelet.
At the side of the bracelet, work your cord to the top side of the bracelet.
Work your cord over the top to the first peak (4 square knots away from the heart), through the middle of the two core strands.
Then pass up in between the two square knots above.
Pass over the top, in between two square knots on the bottom.
Up in between the two core strands.
Down at the end of the diagonal cord.
Up at the top, in between the two square knots.
Down in between the two core strands below.
Up in between the two core strands to the right.
Pass two square knots to the right and repeat the first peak.
Under the heart. Start the next two peaks, two square knots to the right.
Work your strand to the side of the bracelet and down.
Secure the cord in place at the bottom. Cut the ends and you are done!
I usually re-tighten the heart rate pattern from start to finish for a more consistent look.
A full video on the stitching process is also available: