This time I demonstrate how to tie a rasta paracord bracelet.
I wanted to try a few “rasta” color items and this bracelet is one of the results :). It is a in essence a 4 color fishtail bracelet and you could use this tutorial to tie a number of interesting color combinations.
The bracelet in action:
This project is fairly easy, so let’s jump right into it and tie one!
You will need to usual supplies for making paracord bracelets.
- paracord 550. You will need 4 colors (black, red, green and yellow). As far as the lengths of these, I’d suggest about 3 feet for the black cord and 1 1/2 feet for the other three. This is easily enough for most wrists.
- a 3/8 inch buckle
- a lighter
- a paracord bracelet jig (optional). You can make one yourself.
- a lacing needle (if you plan to finish the bracelet by tucking in the ends into the bracelet).
As mentioned, the bracelet jig and lacing needle are completely optional. Now let’s move on to the actual tying!
The rasta paracord bracelet tutorial
We start the bracelet by joining the 4 cords we have into two, longer cords.
I joined the black and yellow and then the red and green. I highly recommend using the “Manny method” for joining paracord.
Then we will first attach the black/yellow cord onto the buckle ends.
Attach the cord to the bottom end of the buckle.
Then attach the other end.
Start with the top left cord, going over and under.
Then go over and under with the right cord.
Take your other joined cord.
Place it under the middle cords.
Now go over and under with the top left.
Then over-under with the top right.
Work the weave tightly for the best result.
From now on, the sequence is to go over-under first with the left cord, then the right.
Again the top left goes over-under.
Then the top right goes over-under.
And again the top left goes over-under.
And then the top right goes over-under.
Continue until you have reached the other end of the buckle.
Finishing the bracelet
Once you have completed the weaving, the bracelet will have 4 cords coming out the bottom.
The bracelet can then be finished in a variety of ways.
I have simply cut and melted the ends, which may be tricky sometimes.
A more preferable way of finishing would be to remove the inner strands out the ends (gutting them) and then work them into the bracelet using a lacing needle.
Going under at least 5 sections will work best.
So guys, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial,
enjoy the bracelet!
Oh and the video tutorial on the bracelet: