Learn to Crochet with Paracord: It’s Better Than Knitting Cord!

How to Crochet with Parachute Cord

You can crochet with anything! I have seen multiple examples of projects crocheted from plastic bags and t-shirt fabric. Last year Interweave Crochet‘s editor Marcy Smith undertook a project to crochet with cassette tapes. I will even admit to a single occasion when I attempted to crochet with licorice; it is very difficult as the strands break easily and just taste so good.

A few days ago, my dad sent me a short video about a guy who knits with parachute cord, allowing him to create a strong strap and convert a large length of cord to a utilitarian and manageable length. My first thought was, “I could do better with crochet!” The objective of adapting parachute cord to straps, bracelets, or belts is to keep a large length of cord available for emergencies. Frequently worked with knots, this trend is currently very popular with those preparing for emergencies and avid hikers and backpackers just to name a few. And in a situation when it is important to be able to use your parachute cord quickly, ease of undoing your strap is important, making knitting or crochet a good choice. Although I’ve thankfully never been in a life-threatening situation, there have been times when I wished I had cordage on hand.

Paracord CrochetAnd if the point of knitting the parachute cord is to convert a long length of cord to a much shorter strap, wouldn’t crochet be a better choice? After all, people have complained for years that crochet uses more yarn than knitting. Finally this fact is a bonus.

  1. I started with Tunisian simple stitch. This easy Tunisian stitch uses more length than a single crochet stitch and is easier to work with the stiff cordage. I am in love with the look and feel of this strap. It is strong but flexible, and would also make a great belt.
  2. Using a size M (9 mm) hook, five stitches and three rows is about two inches wide and two inches tall and uses five feet of parachute cord. This means that a 100 foot package of parachute cord will create a two inch wide strap or belt that is about three and one third feet, or forty inches, long.

Crocheting with ParacordI can’t wait show my Tunisian crochet strap to my father. What would you make out of parachute cord or what crazy item have you crocheted with?

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About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

8 thoughts on “Learn to Crochet with Paracord: It’s Better Than Knitting Cord!

  1. I made 24’+ bangle bracelets in a pink black and white paracord. They are super cute! I single crocheted them in the round. The most important thing for survivalists is to know the length. For some reason I could not get a 100′ strand of cord cut into 4 25′ pieces.

  2. For the cord-at-hand-for-an-emergency — I would make a pouch– worked in the round and worked half the width to create a lid — no sewing or cutting and a container. Size M is the size I’m using to make a rug with two strands of bulky yarns. So that suggests that the cord would make a wonderful doily rug.

  3. I have knitted up palm fibre.. I had been shown how to make string from the fibrous casing that surrounds the palm flower, and from there knitted it up.. Actually didnt have a practical use for it but it was an interesting challenge.

  4. I think I want to make a chalk bag…so that when I’m climbing and I find that I need an emergency section of rope I’ll already have it on hand! =)

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