Soft shackles are made to be a strong, lightweight alternative to carabiners. Usually made out of a rope called amsteel for its ability to be spliced, paracord would usually not work because of its inability to be spliced. This design is not only easy to make, but it also doesn't use knots to stay closed allowing for quick and east use. Under weight this soft shackle is highly unlikely to fail.
Step 1: Gathering Materials
You will need: two feet of paracord, a tool of your choice to poke a hole in the paracord, scissors, a measurement tool, a lighter, and micro paracord.
Step 2: Fold the Paracord in Half.
Not much to explain here.
Step 3: Tie a diamond knot
In the other end of the rope loosely (you will need to adjust the size of the loop) tie a diamond knot.
If my pictures don't do the job: http://www.animatedknots.com/lanyard/index.php?Cat...
Step 4: Size the Loop
The paracord loop needs to be about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)
Step 5: Cut the Paracord
Cut and fuse the paracord close to the knot.
Step 6: Mark the Knot
The paracord needs to be marked about an inch from the knot.
Step 7: Poke a Hole
Use a tool of your choice to poke a hole in the paracord through the spot you marked, and then poke it through the other end to widen the hole.
Step 8: Cut the Micro Paracord
one foot of micro paracord will work perfectly.
Step 9: Knot the Micro Paracord
A double overhand knot needs to be tied in the micro paracord.
Here is a link to the knot: http://www.animatedknots.com/doubleoverhand/
Step 10: Put the Rope in the Hole
Step 11: Poke Another Hole
this hole needs to be adjacent to the first hole.
Step 12: Thread the Cord
Pass the end of the micro paracord through the second hole.
Step 13: And Another Hole
Put a hole 5 mm under the second hole.
Step 14: Thread the Cord
Pass the cord through the hole that was just made and then through another hole adjacent to it.
Step 15: More Holes
Repeat the previous steps until the micro paracord passes through the paracord four times, and then pull it tight.
Step 16: Wrap It
Tightly wind the micro paracord up towards the double overhand knot.
Step 17: One More Hole
you can see where this is going.
Step 18: One More Knot
Secure the micro paracord by tying a double overhand.
Step 19: You Could be Done
If you want to risk it, the soft shackle could be finished here.
Step 20: If you want to...
Use the micro paracord to make a small loop in the other end of the soft shackle.
Step 21: No Micro Paracord, No Problem
The micro paracord can be replaced by a knot. Using a knot weakens the paracord and doesn't look as nice.
Step 22: Using the Soft Shackle
Pass the end of the shackle through the small loop formed by the micro paracord and over the diamond knot.