Paracord is one of the most useful items in any outdoorsy person’s backpack! This lightweight cord that is made from nylon has become so popular in a wide range of uses that it has become quite a challenge to pinpoint its main application.
Whether you’re interested in paracord or you want to find out more about it, this article has got you covered with 37 paracord applications and the most common paracord bracelet patterns. Let’s dive right in!
Why You Need Paracord
Paracord, which is the more commonly known short of “parachute cord”, is used in tons of applications and survival situations.
The cord has been used in tons of situations, which turned it from gear with a very specific use into a highly versatile multitool that is extremely accessible and ready for use. Here are some of the reasons why paracord is a great item to have on you:
- Paracord is made of Nylon, which is one of the sturdiest synthetic fabrics out there that resists wear and tear, so it can hold up several times more than regular rope.
- It can help you build a makeshift shelter to spend the night or while camping by tying leaves and twigs together.
- You can use nylon cords as a snare trap to catch small game out there. Similarly, you can use the cord with some bait and a stick to fish.
- Tourniquets are extremely essential to stop bleeding after a serious injury in survival situations. The quickly accessible paracord can be used instead of ropes in that situation
- There are tons of situations that simply call for a small durable cord, such as repairing your gear. In that case, a readily accessible rope can be everything you’re looking for.
The Most Popular Paracord Bracelet Patterns
One of the best ways to keep a paracord on you is by turning it into a bracelet. This way you’ll be able to have a 2 to 3+ meter rope ready at any instance.
Here are some of the coolest patterns for the bracelets and video tutorials on how to recreate them:
- Cobra: This one is easily among the top 5 most common bracelet patterns out there and acts as a base for tons of designs that you’ll find below, so you’ll always need to learn this pattern before advancing to other patterns. (Tutorial)
- Standard Slip-on Bracelets: This simple and super effective design spares you the hassle of tying the bracelet, simply by using bendable metal wire as a base. (Tutorial)
- Cross Knot: Another simple design that also works pretty well is the thick knots, which typically use simple weaving and a single-colored paracord. (Tutorial)
- Buckle Bracelet: What seems to be one of the coolest ways to wear a paracord bracelet is also surprisingly easy to make, using different colors and a side-release buckle. (Tutorial)
- King Cobra: this is one of the most popular modifications on the standard cobra design because it looks pretty cool and daring while being surprisingly easy to make (Tutorial)
- Hanging Bridge: This intermediate difficulty pattern looks exactly as it’s named and uses two different paracord colors. (Tutorial)
- Double Strand Loop: This one gives the illusion of using two bracelets by twisting the long rope over themselves, and you can use it with one or two colors. (Tutorial)
- Thin Line: This one adds a single different-colored line to the standard bracelet pattern, which gives it a unique look that represents multiple flags and causes. (Tutorial)
- Checkered: The checkered appearance never goes out of fashion and is always unique because it is a bit challenging despite its popularity. (Tutorial)
- Double Tatted Bar: Another design that is quite impressive but may take a few tries to pull off is that double tatted bar with horizontal and vertical loops. (Tutorial)
- Herringbone: The herringbone is not only aesthetically pleasing but also pretty functional. This design is fairly compact and stores a lot of rope while giving you a simple locking mechanism. (Tutorial)
- Corkscrew: This design uses a double colored fused paracord to create a unique pattern that gives off the zig-zag effect of corkscrews (Tutorial)
- One Strand Weave: This one is ideal for those who want to combine the simplicity of design and having a quick-release mechanism for practicality (Tutorial)
- Stitched: The stitched design created the illusion of stitching by using two different colors (Tutorial)
- Heart Stitched: this design uses a standard cobra base and combines it with type 1 paracord, which is super thin, to draw a contrasting colored heart over the bracelet (Tutorial)
- Backbone Bar: This design uses a bone-colored rope and requires some knot-tying skills to create a bracelet that looks similar to a spine. The extra benefit here is that it packs a lot of paracord in the process. (Tutorial)
- Tomahawk Sinnet: The Tomahawk is ideal for those who want a relatively girthy paracord bracelet with the impression of a thin one. (Tutorial)
- Double Stair Step Stitch: Another edition on the standard paracord cobra design, which adds two interlocking z-shaped stairsteps, creating the look of triangular chainlinks. (Tutorial)
- Ladder: Ladder style is a medium-difficulty paracord pattern that uses the design of a simple twine ladder. (Tutorial)
- 2-Color Hansen: Hansen patterns are quite complex and combine two different colors (Tutorial)
- 3-Color Hansen: this one is fairly similar to the 2-color Hansen but uses three different colors for extra girth and style. (Tutorial)
- Interlocked: Interlocked is fairly similar to the Hansen style pattern but is relatively easier and uses less cord. (Tutorial)
- Prayer Beads: This one creates a pattern of alternating colors, which ends up giving the overall look of prayer beads. (Tutorial)
- Pokemon: This one is ideal for pokemon enthusiasts. It’s also a pretty smart way to store lots of cord despite being tricky while unfolding. (Tutorial)
- 6-Stranded French Sinnet: A pretty challenging pattern for advanced paracord pattern enthusiasts. (Tutorial)
- Lightning Strike: using the contrast of colors of two types of paracords, you’ll create a design that looks like lightning bolts. (Tutorial)
- Hex Nut: One of the coolest ways to use some old hex nuts that are laying around and create something truly special. (Tutorial)
- Deadpool Knot: Another special knot that is more about color coordination than unique pattern creation. (Tutorial)
- Tank Trucks: This one is ideal for those who like a neatly designed thick pattern with a final result that looks like tire marks. (Tutorial)
- Sonic Boom: This pattern is one of the easiest ways to create some loops in your paracord pattern and also acts as a base for cooler but more challenging patterns. (Tutorial)
- 3-Colour Mated Snake: The best thing about this pattern is that you can use it to create tons of tri-colored flags for countries and causes (Tutorial)
- Simple Lacing: Another modification of the standard cobra design that is pretty easy to learn, making it ideal for beginners (Tutorial)
- Shark Jaw: As the name suggests, this one creates a pattern that looks like the sharp teeth of a shark. (Tutorial)
- Adjustable Bracelet: This one uses a simple design with the advantage of making an adjustable bracelet using an extra paracord. (Tutorial)
- Gaucho Bead: the gaucho is quite similar in style to the prayer’s bead but with a little twist and uses different sizes of cord (Tutorial)
- Wauseon Totem Bar: If you want to take the sonic boom design to the next level, you should try this complex design. (Tutorial)
- Star Wars Lightsaber: In addition to bracelets, you can also make this one into a keychain style paracord. (Tutorial)
There you have it! A brief guide that walks you through 37 paracord applications and the most common paracord bracelet patterns.