Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Neon Friendship Belt

Last week, I mentioned a few ideas about how to bring the summer trend of friendship or camp bracelets into the colder months. You may remember in particular a swatch of neon para cord material that turned out well. It was made out of the stuff that those safety bracelets are made of, just a lot more of it.

To make a neon paracord friendship bracelet belt, you will need:
3 colors of paracord long enough to make a belt (read on to find that number)
knowledge of how to make a six strand friendship bracelet, it does not need to be this pattern if you prefer another.

I ordered my cord from an online supplier from etsy, you'll have to do your own search because different suppliers carry different colors. I chose to get 50' of each: black, yellow/green neon mix, and pink/blue neon mix.

 Not knowing how much cord was needed to make my belt, I decided to make a swatch. If you are looking to use the same pattern as in the photos, but have never made a friendship bracelet, this will help you. Your cord may be different than mine, so I suggest doing one of your own, especially if you will be doing a different pattern.

Tie off your cords a yard from the ends and put the long centers aside (shown above). Work a few repititions of your pattern, the more the better, and make sure to work the whole pattern ( for example the full black, pink, green, not just stopping after black).

My swatch happened to make a good bracelet. Anyway, measure the length of the knotted section and take your hip or waist measurement where you would like to wear the belt. Divide your body measurement by the length of your swatch, remember this number.

Measure the leftover tails that were not used in your swatch and subtract from 36". Multiply this number by the number that you were supposed to remember. You now know how many inches long your strings need to be to make a belt, but before you cut anything, remember that you will be folding the strings in half. in stead of making 6 strings of the length you just calculated, cut 3 that are double that.

My 3 strings were 25 feet long, 12.5 feet once folded in half. it is important to fold the strings because this will help to create a clean and neat loop. I cut my strings frim the full ropes after unfolding the swatch.

I used a braided loop explained in detail in the Fleece Tug Toy tutorial. Basically, you need to fnd the center of the three strings, make a two inch braid, and begin your macrame with the strings on either side of the central braid. It will really help to read it and look at the pictures.

You can see how the braided loop looks in this context. The first two rows of chevrons have been completed as well.

... a few hours later. This is the length I desire and is essentially done.

Measure about one foot from the end of your knots and cut the extra string.

Burn the ends to keep them from unraveling.

Tie it on and you are ready to wear.


  1. Dear Xandy,

    I have been randomly following your blog for a while now, and just checked in only to see that you have moved to my city! Although I wouldn't ask here, I'd love to know where you're interning and such.

    Welcome, and happy knitting/knotting/mischief-making.

    -Lisa [writin' bout stuff]

  2. I am interning at one of the many footwear companies in the boston area, and the yarn store closest to where I live is Bead and Fiber. Have you heard of it?

  3. Yes, yes! Apparently they have great classes. Although it doesn't look like you need them. :P

  4. Well, they have many classes which I could learn from. They also have a group that goes to knit, bead, and chat on Wednesday evenings. If you are social like that, you may like it.


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