Make a collar with Helmys Indianer | DIY kit instructions
Knot your own paracord dog collar with the Helmys Indianer knot. Here is how to make this knot by Helmy Stolwijk from a to z.
Have you purchased the Paracord DIY kit “Helmys Indianer - Make your own dog collar”? You’ll find the instructions for knotting this collar on this page. Of course you can also make this knot without this kit, you can find the necessary materials on the DIY kit’s product page.
These tools are useful to have on hand:
- Paracord needle Type III or a crochet hook
- Teaspoon (for finishing off)
- Paracord jig
- Paracord needle micro or crochet hook (only when adding beads)
The beginning of the collar
When making a dog collar, the set-up is a very important part of the knotting. Obviously you don’t want your dog to get loose, so you need to make sure the set-up is safe.
Length of the collar
Before you can make this safe set-up, you must know how long it should be. The rule that you can follow with the products in this kit is: circumference of the dog's neck (in cm) - 7 cm.
Are you making the collar for a dog with a neck circumference of 43 cm? Then the length of your set-up should be 36 cm (43 cm - 7 cm). In the picture below you can see which part this is.
Please note that these are all average values. Lengths may vary due to personal knotting styles. With this length we assume that you close the adapter at the level of the middle hole. If the collar is too tight or too wide, you can easily change holes to make it fit.
You make the single set-up (Kosmetik 2.0) as shown in the video.
To make this pattern in the collar, you have to fuse two colours together. You can do this by following the example below.
Please note that you should never use this technique for the set-up (colour 1 in this video). Make sure to always make the set-up out of 1 piece.
Knot the Helmys Indianer
When you bought this kit, you could choose to add beads. These beads are only added at the end, after knotting the collar. This is shown in the video.
Adding colours to the set-up
Add all the colours to the set-up, as shown in the video. Will you be adding beads at the end? Then you should add the micro cord together with colour 2 to the set-up.
You keep the micro cord aside during the knotting. You will only use it again when you are going to add the beads.
Now you’ve added all colours to the set-up, you are ready to start knotting. The video shows how to tie this knot. Repeat this knot until your collar has the desired length.
Finishing off the collar
The finishing off of this knot can be done according to the same principle as other knots with 4 colours. Watch the video below to see the finishing off for the Graf Wutz knot.
Adding beads to the collar
Now you can start adding beads to the collar. As said, this is optional, without beads the collar is also beautiful.
It is handy to use a paracord needle for micro cord. Alternatively you can use a small crochet hook.
Thread a bead onto the micro cord and pass the micro cord under colour 2. Repeat this until you have beaded the whole collar.
What to do with rope leftovers?
After tying your collar, you will probably have some rope left over. It is certainly not necessary to throw it away. You can use this rope for laces, bracelets, keycords, but also for keychains.
For example, you can make a keychain with the diamond knot. In the tutorial below, a diamond knot is used to start a dog leash, but it works exactly the same for a keychain. Imagine that the carabiner in the video is a key ring.
You can make the knot with as many strands as you like, because from 3 strands (or pairs) on, the principle remains the same.
After making the diamond knot you can add beads to the ends or fray the ends with for example a paracord needle. You could also choose to tie knots at the ends of the strands.
Tutorial Diamond Knot