Editor’s Note: This special guest post on reasons to crochet paracord comes from Living Ready‘s sister title, CrochetMe.com.

Crochet Paracord: Just Another Reason to Learn Crocheting

downloadYou can crochet with anything! And that means items you’d normally throw away can be turned into any number of handy items.

I have seen multiple examples of projects crocheted from plastic bags, T-shirt fabric and even 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.

The point is that crochet skills are a tool to turn any length of material into pouches, bags, netting, cords, belts and more.

This is especially true when it comes time to crochet paracord for later use.

Why to Learn How to Crochet Paracord

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.

This practice is popular with those preparing for emergencies, outdoors enthusiasts and many others. In a situation that demands a length of parachute cord, it’s important to be able to unravel paracord in a hurry. While some wear paracord bracelets for this purpose, going the DIY route and crocheting paracord is a good choice for making customized widths and lengths of paracord. Instead of just paracord bracelets, you could make any number of wearable options.

Although I’ve thankfully never been in a life-threatening situation, there have been times when I wished I had cordage on hand.

How to Crochet Paracord

download (1)For my paracord project, I started with a 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.

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.

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

Learn How to Crochet Paracord

How-to-Crochet-ParacordClick here to learn the Tunisian simple stitch the author used to crochet paracord. The free download contains the techniques you can use to crochet paracord into any number of handy items.

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Toni Rexroat is the online editor for Crochet Me. For three and a half years, outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she was the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine. Before joining the Interweave Crochet team, she worked on PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. Rexroat was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, but now resides in Colorado and misses raising sheep. She began crocheting in my early teens and enjoy a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing.