Need to tie a three-strand braid knot? Get the step-by-step instructions below. Also, the full video showing the instructions is below too. We’re going to be using paracord to tie with, of course.
The 3 strand knot is also known as a plait or braid. There are many different kinds but the three-strand braid is the simplest braid.
If you are familiar with braiding hair, then this process will be easy for you to follow. This is because, just like any skill, it takes time to perfect and do it accurately. However, if you have never braided anything in your life, you may need someone to describe the procedure for you.
Step 1) Start on the right
Take the right cord and move it over the middle cord so it’s between the left and middle cord.
The first step is usually easy; it usually involves making the three ropes to become one. You can do this by holding the three ropes together and making a knot on one end of the rope. You can easily do this by holding the strands together and making a knot.
Step 2) Place Left Over Middle
Now take the left cord and place it over the middle cord so it’s in between the middle and right cord.
The second step is relatively easy to understand. First, you need a work station where you can lay down your ropes. Your ropes must also be tied on one end. To begin, set your ropes on your workstation. One end should be knotted, and the other strands must be laid out separately beside each other. The ropes must be organized in order; there must be one on the right one in the middle and left. This order will help you know how to braid in an orderly fashion.
Step 3) Left To Right
The third step is to be tricky if you don’t arrange the ropes in order during the second step. You will need to start with the rope on the left, move it to the right and place it in the middle of the right rope and the center rope. After doing that, you can observe on your working station that your left rope is now your center rope. This will make your center rope your new left rope.
Step 4) Going and Going
Then you just continue the pattern thus far. Take the right cord and move it over the middle in between the middle and left cords.
The fourth step will have to continue where the last step ended. You must know where you started and in which direction you’re going. For instance, we started from the left now, you go to the right and move it over the top of your current middle rope. From your workstation, the current right rope is now your new middle rope, while your middle rope is now your middle rope.
Step 5) It’s a Wrap
The fifth step now, all you need to do is start with your current left rope. You are now supposed to move your left rope over the top of your current middle rope and place it in between the right and the middle ropes. The process is easy to understand and complete accordingly. All you need to do until you reach the length of your three ropes is repeat the third and fourth steps.
The thing you should keep in mind is you should always pay attention and make sure you’re moving in the right direction. You should also note you’re only moving the right and left rope to the center. It is essential to learn this skill because it can make your rope more durable. This is required when you don’t have a rope that is already braided. It also increases the versatility of the rope, making it usable in many situations. If you love to go camping, then this skill will one day save your life.
Then you just keep repeating that pattern until you’re done with the knot. Try to keep the knot tight and secure as you’re wrapping the cords over each other.
Watch the full instructions below.