Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Survival Bracelet


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Survival bracelets are fun and functional, not only as must-have survival gear, but also as fashion accent pieces.  Most tutorials for creating a survival bracelet include some elaborate knot-tying and finish pieces.  In an effort to create one for my husband, I came up with a crochet-friendly, simpler version. These make excellent gifts for guys, sports team fans and small stocking stuffers. They are also fairly quick to work up. I hope you enjoying creating and giving your crocheted survival bracelets.

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Size: Teen/Adult
Skill Level:  Easy
Supplies:  Para cord (any color),

Hook size: N/9.00mm

Abbreviations:
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet

Gauge: 3” = 5 single crochet


Instructions:
Leave about a 6” tail of Para cord for finishing.
CH 18, for a 9” bracelet.  (Other bracelet sizes: 14ch = 7”, 20ch = 10”).
Row 1: SC in third ch from hook, sc across to the end.  (16 sc)  Finish off.  Leave about 6” of tail for finishing.

To finish: take both tails together and tie a nice bulky knot close to the end.  Trim the tails, leaving about 1 – 2 inches from the knot.  Burn/singe each end of the tails to keep the Para cord from unraveling and to give your bracelet a finished look.

To wear, poke the knot through the extra ch space at the opposite end and it acts as a clasp for your bracelet.



Notes:
7" bracelet = 8ft of Para cord approx.
9” bracelet = 10ft of Para cord approx.
10” bracelet = 11-12ft of Para cord approx.

Para cord can be found at some Army surplus stores, Outdoor Recreation/Camping Gear stores, and many places online. Craft stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby are starting to carry Para cord as well. I have purchased some fun colors from online sources at very reasonable prices, (usually in bulk for the best price per foot.)  Try crocheting some in team colors, neon colors, and my personal favorite: pink!

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Survival-Bracelet.html.
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