In this tutorial I show you how to braid paracord.
Some types of braiding are underused. Many jewelry crafts make great use of various braids! I like to mix up knotting with occasional use of other interesting techniques. Braiding definitely fits the profile! In this article I will show you how to braid a three strand and four strand flat braid. You will also learn how to make a four strand round braid.
I am quite amazed people do not use the flat braids much with paracord. The patterns you can make are simply stunning and you can bet I will be making more tutorials featuring braiding techniques in the future! The produced braids are flat and thin which is great for those that seek to make items out of paracord without the bulky look that many paracord bracelets have.
Let’s see two common flat braids you can try with paracord:
Three strand flat braid
The basic principle for making a three strand braid is to alternate the cords you put into the middle space. The sequence is simply this:
Put the left cord into the center, then the right cord. Repeat until you have reached your desired length. Yes, it is that easy!
The video tutorial:
Four strand flat braid
The four strand paracord braid is achieved in a similar way to the three strand one. It does take some time to get used to it, but the result is quite pleasing to the eye. The following image tutorial will show you how to do the braid properly, but I would like to offer a tip of my own:
I like to imagine I am working with the middle cords, which I always braid in the same way. The middle right cord (third one) goes over the second cord and under the first. The second cord always goes over the fourth. With that sequence in mind, the process is really simple!
The round braid
Braiding paracord in this way is fairly common. It is a great way to get a thin, great looking and strong braid. There are a few ways you can braid these, see the video tutorials below:
Now for a few images of my projects:
There we go. I showed you how to braid paracord in two different styles. Try them out and show me what you made!