In this tutorial we are going to tie the trilobite paracord bracelet.Often also called the ladder rack paracord bracelet, it is one of the most basic and widespread bracelet designs out there. It is a bit similar to the fishtail paracord bracelet, but wider. This is because it uses a double core around which we weave our pattern.
So, let’s move on to the supplies you will need to tie the bracelet:
You will need the following:
- paracord 550. You can make it using a single color or join two pieces for a two color one.
- a 5/8 inch bracelet buckle
- bracelet jig (completely optional)
- a lacing needle for tucking the ends back into the bracelet when you have tied it.
With these items ready, let’s start weaving.
The first thing we need to do is attach the cord to the two buckle ends. I show a way I use below, but you can improvise a different way, as long as you end up with a double core setup for the weaving part.
Fold the cord in half.
Stick the folded end into the top part of the buckle.
Travel down to the other end and start attaching one of the cord ends to the buckle. I will be using two cow hitches here.
First cow hitch complete. Now the other one.
Second hitch complete.
Travel back to the other side and remove the folded end out of the buckle.
Now use the ends to again make cow hitches, this time around the folded end, as seen in the image.
First top hitch complete.
With the two top hitches made, we can begin the actual weave.
Start on the left, going under one-over two-under one.
Then the right goes over one-under two-over one.
And again the left cord goes under one-over two-under one.
And right cord goes over one-under two-over one.
And yet again the left cord goes under one-over two-under one.
And the right cord goes over one-under two-over one.
Keep weaving tightly until you reach the other buckle end.
I usually finish the bracelet by taking a lacing needle, flipping the bracelet around and working the ends back into the bracelet.
I hope this tutorial was clear enough,
enjoy your bracelet!