Thursday, March 21, 2013

How do you estimate the amount of 550 cord needed for a paracord project?

There is no magic answer to a most often asked question - "How much paracord do you need to make X". Two people will even use different lengths on the same project or knot. That said, you can keep your own data to help with the planning of new projects. Every time you do a new knot, or new size like a monkeys fist, measure cord before starting. Measure the remaining cord after. Keep this note so next time you can start with less and minimize waste.

For braids and weaves, make around 3" of a finished braid. Knot as you would if you were making it for "real". Mark the cord. Unravel and measure. Divide the amount used by 3 to get the length of cord per finished inch required for that braid. Don't forget to include the lengths of inner cords if there are any. Use this number as a multiplier next time you do a longer project to estimate required cord.

Always round up - better to cut excess than not have enough to work with. When planning a project with multiple knots and braids, refer to your notes for the individual knots and braids then add it all up!

Written by Kevin Gagne

4 comments:

  1. True! You should really measure cord before starting otherwise you will never get to finish your project. I also agree that it is better to cut excess than not have enough to work with.

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  2. I think it varies and depends on what you're making. I totally agree on measuring the cord prior to starting any project to make sure nothing will be wasted and you're on the right track.

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  3. Thanks for sending the link for this post!

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