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Survival belt

Survival Belt

  • 100 feet of 550 lb. Nylon Paracord
  • Size 8 needles –  I used aluminum needles. They seemed less likely to break than my wooden needles.
  • Belt buckle – I scavenged the belt buckle I used from an old, worn out belt my husband wasn’t using anymore. Goodwill would probably be a good place to find a neat, inexpensive belt buckle to use.
  • Size 6 no-stretch nylon bead string
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge isn’t extremely important for this. Just make sure your belt isn’t too thick to fit nicely through your belt loops. I tried a variety of stitches on this. Stockinette looked nice but wouldn’t lay flat and ribbing was too stretchy and girly for Mr. Manly so simple garter stitch was the winner.

Cast on 4 stitches

Row 1 : Knit all stitches

Row 2: Knit all stitches

Just keep knitting all stitches (garter stitch) until your belt reaches the desired length. This is actually really stretchy so be careful with how long you make the belt. My husband’s belt ended up being quite a bit too long. Try to really stretch it as much as you can when you’re checking for length because it will probably stretch a little more than that after wearing it unless you wear it really loosely.

After the belt has been stretched within an inch of its life to the desired length bind off all stitches and weave in ends. I didn’t have a needle with a large enough eye to shove rope through but the stitches are fairly loose so I just used my fingers to weave the tails through the stitches. I went down through about 4 sitches, then up 4 and then back down 4 again. I left a little bit of a tail hanging loose so it would be easy to figure out how to pull the cord out if my husband actually ever needs to unravel it and use the rope.

buckle

Slide the buckle onto the belt, making sure the right side is up.

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Back of belt

Fold an inch or two over the bottom of the buckle. Thread your tapestry needle with the beadstring and sew the two pieces together securely around the buckle and you’re all finished!

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