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    How to make a Dogleash - Instructions + Videos | Kara Yatsu, Herringbone and 4 strand round double braid

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    On this page you find more information about: How to braid a Dog Leash. Here you will find instructions, photos and videos to help you out. With this new DIY kit it is possible to make 1 of these 3 braids:

    • Kara Yatsu
    • 4 strand round double braid
    • Herringbone

    At the end it will be explained how to finish your dog leash and how to make a keychain with rope leftovers.

    Kara Yatsu

    Kara Yatsu is a braid which is made with a Kumihimo disc. Kuhimino is a traditional Japanese art form of making braids and cords. In this video you will learn how to braid the Kara Yatsu with 8 strands of Paracord and a Kumihimo Disc. It is convenient to have the tools below at your hobby table (it is possible to work without some of these items).

    • Paracord Type III needle
    • Kumihimo disc
    • Crochet hook
    • Gas burner 
    • Scissors 
    • Smoothing tool/spoon

    Kara Yatsu Instructions

    1. Move no. 1 to no. 11 and no. 2 to no. 24 
    2. Move no. 18 to no. 8 and no. 17 to no. 27 
    3. Move no. 9 to no. 17 and no. 26 to no. 18
    4. Move no. 25 to no. 1 and no. 10 to no. 2
    5. Move no. 27 to no. 26 and no. 8 to no. 9
    6. Repeat steps 1 through 5.

    You can download these instructions here



    Kara Yatsu Video Tutorial

    Check out the Kara Yatsu in the MatchMaker!

     

    Herringbone

    The Herringbone braid is a rectangular design with four sides and can be used in various projects. This braid is suitable for macramé, jewelry making, bracelets, dog leashes and so much more! 'Herringbone' is popular because it is easy to braid and learn and it can be used for many projects.

    To make the Herringbone braid, the tools below will be useful (it is possible to work without some of these items).

    • Paracord Type III needle
    • Crochet hook
    • Gas burner 
    • Scissors 
    • Smoothing tool/spoon

     

    How to make the Herringbone

    Check out the Herringbone in the MatchMaker!

     

    4 Strand Round Double Braid 

    This braid is ideal for a variety of projects. It is most commonly used to braid dog leashes, but it is also often used in the equestrian world. This braid is round and lies comfortably in the hand.

    To make this 4 Strand Round Double Braid we advise you to work with the following tools (it is possible to work without some of these items).

    • Paracord Type III needle
    • Gas burner 
    • Scissors 

     How to make the 4 Strand Round Double Braid

    Check out the 4 strand round double braid in the MatchMaker!

     

    How to finish your dog leash

    The finishing of the dog leash can be done in different ways.

    Adding beads
    Thread the bead onto the rope. Cut it to the length of your choice. Slide the bead to 0.5cm from the end. Heat the end and press it flat against the bead using, for example, a teaspoon.

    Cutting off
    Cut off all remaining strands as short as possible. Now heat all the ends and push them as far as possible into the diamond knot so you see it as little as possible.

    Unravelling
    Cut the strands to the length of your choice and fray them. You can do this with a sharp object (for example a Paracord needle). You can see an example of this in the Herringbone tutorial.

     

    How to make a keychain

    Do you have any cord left after finishing? You can then choose to make a (key)chain out of the left over strands. It is up to you how many strand to use. The video shows how to make a keychain with 4 strands (i.e. two ropes because they are folded in half). If you take 4 ropes (and thus work with 8 strands), you can follow the same tutorial by working with 4 pairs instead of using all 8 strands separately.