Posted by Stacy on 2/26/2013
p>The Millipede is a nice alternative to the cobra bracelet. The Millipede is a pretty straightforward design, and it can be unravelled very quickly.
Speaker 1: Hi, everybody. Today Iím going to show you how to do another bracelet using paracord. Now, the ones that Iíve shown you to this point are the one and two color single pass cobra stitch bracelets. Hereís the single pass. Here is the double pass or the king cobra bracelet. This is the one that Iím going to show you how to do today. This one is not one that I came up with. I donít think there are any knots that anybody comes up with any more. Theyíve all been done at some point. I saw this one on a YouTube channel of a user by the name of paintballhead03. He calls it his millipede bracelet.
One of the reasons that people carry the paracord bracelets is that you have cordage with you so that if you want and need to use it you can. However, both of the cobra stitch bracelets are really tedious to take apart and actually use the cord that youíve put together. So one of the things that paintballhead03 came up with was what he calls his millipede. Instead of having to individually unknot every single piece, what he did was put a series of half hitches around a couple of sliding loops. Then to release this one all you do is pull down on the end here, and it will pull these loops through. Then the whole bracelet comes undone. Iíll show you that at the end of the video.
Let me show you how this works. A couple of basic tools you want first include scissors, a lighter for burning the ends of your cord, and this is not necessary, but itís handy to have a marlinspike tool. Iíll show you this a little bit later. Aside from that, you need two six-foot sections or seven-foot sections of paracord. Probably seven feet is better than six feet because a little bit of extra never hurt anybody. What Iím going to make here is going to be a bracelet that will fit my wrist. My wrist measures about eight inches. The nice thing about this is you can adjust the length on this right down to the bitter end.
The first place that I start is Iím going to make a couple of loops. These loops are going to be 12 inches long. Regardless of the size of your wrist, Iíd use a 12-inch loop because that gives you enough rope to be able to do what you need to with it. Iím going to start out with a 12-inch loop. Iím going to grab the end here. Now, this is going to be real important. Watch. This is the working end of the rope. Iím going to take the working end of the rope, and Iím going to bring it through here. The working end of the rope, the short end of the rope is the part that slides. Snug this down, and Iím going to make about an eight-inch loop, but Iím going to leave a four-inch tail on it. So thereís my eight-inch loop, roughly. Then Iíve got about an eight-inch tail. Thatís fine. Not a big deal.
So thatís the first piece of cord. Iím going to make my second one here. Make my 12-inch loop. Take the end here. Remember this is the working or short end of the rope. It goes underneath and back through. The short end of the rope is the one that slides. If you do it backwards, this is not going to work real well for you. Now letís get my eight-inch or so loop. Then Iíve got about six inches of a tail. The length of the tail is not real critical. This is all going to be adjusted later on, so Iíll show you how to do that. This is something that makes life a lot easier. Itís not real complicated. These are just a couple of nails in a board. What Iím going to do is Iím going to loop around the end here, and then Iím going to loop this one around the end here. You donít need to really see the end of it. Not a big deal. Iím going to shorten this up so that I get the right length. Both of these are the same length.
One thing that you want to pay attention to is you want the tails to be on the outside like this. So the tails are going to be on the outside. The longer piece that youíre actually going to be knotting with is what you want on the inside. So you want it like this here. Okay? What Iím going to do is take the knot, and Iím going to go underneath and then back through here. There. Underneath and back through. The same thing here. Iím going to go underneath and back through. Now I snug this up.
The hardest part with this bracelet is keeping these knots tight consistently because if you donít, the bracelet is going to look like hell. There. Thatís the initial knot. Iíve got my two short ends here. Notice the short ends slide if I want them to. The same thing here. The short end slides if I want it to. There. Repeat that process with one little caveat. Notice this wants to go down, so that means youíve got to go over the top and back through and snug it down. This one wants to go down, so Iím going to go over the top and back through. Snug it down. This one wants to come out of the top. That means I go underneath, around, and back through. This one wants to go on the top, so Iím going to go underneath, around, and back through.
Notice all four of these cords are going to stack on top of each other, so it forms a square Ė two across and two down. So this bracelet is going to be a little bit thicker than the king cobra. Again, it wants to go down, which means I go up, around and underneath. Snug it down. This one wants to go down, which means itís going to go up, back around, and underneath. Now you can see the bracelet starting to take shape. This wants to come up, which means Iím going to put it down, around, and back underneath. This one wants to come up. Itís going to go down, around, and back underneath. So thatís going to be how the bracelet starts to take shape. Iím going to pause the video now and finish this up. Then I will show you how to take care of these ends. I will see you in a few minutes.
Youíll notice I have the bracelet pretty well knotted, and the overall length on the knotting itself is about seven inches. A question I get a lot of times is: How long do I make the bracelet? One of the things thatís really nice about this bracelet is if itís too long you can make it shorter. If itís too short, you can actually make it a little bit longer, depending on how tightly you stitch this. So watch. Right now, Iíve got a seven-inch bracelet. If I slide these knots down slightly, now I have an eight-inch bracelet. Itís only because I took the knots and I slid them down. You can actually do that part of it with a cobra stitch, but the overall length of the cobra stitch bracelet really canít be adjusted once you start. With this one, it can be because if you watch, see, youíve got the loops here at then end. One of the things thatís nice with this bracelet is if I pull Ė right now Iíve got about two-inch loops Ė if I pull a little bit of cord out of here, these loops are more like one inch. When you pull on this end, this loop is going to get shorter.
I have not found a good way to get a buckle on here, so the way weíre going to fasten it is by putting, I guess you call it a false turks head on one end, and then that knot goes through the loop on the other end here. This is how youíre going to secure the bracelet. Thatís how youíre going to put it around your wrist. If you want to run the bracelet with only one loop up here, all you do is tuck this loop around the first one, and then pull on the cord down at this end and watch what happens. You end up with one loop on this end.
This is the knot that weíre going to use at the end. Youíre going to make a loop, and then this one is going to come over the top, underneath like this, and then this back loop comes up. There. So you end up with something that looks like this. This was the hardest knot that I had to do on this bracelet, so be patient with yourself. This marlinspike, Iíll put in the middle here once in a while just to make sure that that stays open.
Now, this piece thatís on the left hand side is going to come around and then back up through the center. There. This piece is going to go around and then back up through the center here. Both of these pieces come out in the same place. This knot is going to require a little bit of dressing, which means that youíre going to have to figure out exactly where everything comes from and where everything goes to, and youíre going to have to snug it up a little bit. In the end, itís going to look something like this.
Again, I know itís not overly pretty, but it definitely serves the function. So you end up with the knot end here, and then we end up on the other side with two loops like I showed you earlier. If you want just one loop, youíd tuck this loop over the top and pull the rope out. Thatís what youíre bracelet is going to look like. You can see I ended up with about a 10-inch bracelet. Since this one is a little bit thicker than the regular cobra stitch or the king cobra stitch, I make them a little bit longer for an eight-inch wrist. Probably about a 10-inch bracelet is pretty good.
Now, this is the beauty of this. Even though Iíve got everything knotted up, when I want to use this bracelet all I do is pull on these two bottom pieces, and now watch. This just comes apart, and the entire bracelet comes apart, and you end up right where you started with two pieces of paracord. You donít have to undo anything. If you want to use them, you can. This is probably one of the more challenging bracelets that Iíve done to make it look good, but it works really well. Again, I wanted to thank paintballhead03. Heís the one that showed me how to do this in the video, but I thought that Iíd make my own video of it just to show you. Thatís it. I hope everybody enjoyed the video. I hope you learned something today. Please, if you enjoyed the video, like the video and subscribe to my channel. Tell your friends about the channel. As always, everyone, stay safe and, hey, take your kids camping. Have a great day, everybody.