Paracord belts are usually knotted belts. They are tied using different knots. Braided paracord belts are slimmer and can be any width depending how many strands you want to use in the flat braid. They also use less paracord and are therefore lighter. All four of these belts I'm going to show used 550 paracord.
The Pink and Yellow belt is a 10-strand flat weave. I added hex nuts for weight to be able to use this belt more effectively as a self-defense belt. 6pink strands and 4 yellow strands. After adding the hex nuts the braid pattern was L O2 U2 (left over 2 under 2) then R O2 U2 O1 (right over 2 under 2 over 1). Next the pattern is L O2 U2 the R O2 U3. Repeat this pattern. There were 6-cords at the start of the 1 1/2" buckle. 2-pink and 2-yellow strands were added near the end of the hex nuts before the braid started. They were put thru the hex nuts as a third piece of cord. The pink was looped and added thru two hex nuts and the two yellow were added individually thru two different hex nuts. The yellow pieces have burned slightly mushroomed ends and go thru a hex nut that already had two pieces of cord. That end will not the hex nut. Three pieces of 550 cord will fit thru a 1/4" hex nut, however it is really tight.
The belt done in browns is a 11-strand flat weave and uses 4-brown 4-tan and 3-camo brown strands. The single camo brown strand which makes the eleventh cord has a mushroomed end and starts at the base of the buckles in the middle of two of the brown strands. It goes between the buckle and one of the brown strands, two of the tan strands and one of the camo brown strands. It serves as the middle strand of the camo brown strands. The braid pattern is L U2 O3 then R U2 O3. Repeat.
The belt using 6-camo that features red and grey, 3-black and 2-white is also a 11-strand weave. On this belt the eleventh strand is the one that looks like it is tied to the buckle. After the knot is tied I melted one of the ends back into the knot itself on the back side leaving only one strand. The two other black strands were looped thru the black and white knot. The braiding pattern is the same as the brown belt.
The last belt is a 12-stand braid using 4-black, 4-gray, 2-urban and 2-white. This braid starts by looping one of the twelve cord in the middle. The rest of the 11-cords are pulled thru the loop parallel to each other to their mid-point and alternate over and under thru the loop, so they can be braided. The first cord next to the bottom of the loop needs to start by going over the loop strand that went over itself and under the other side of the loop. Braiding pattern is either outside left cord under over under all the cords on one side till it reaches the center and is added to the cords on the other side (depending on how you laid out the cord in the beginning it may be just opposite at the start). Now the outside cord on the other side is braided thru each cord to the center and added to the left side. Repeat.
M. Shane Sullivan, Owner and Manager of Paracordgalaxy.com