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Formed by a series of knots that create a woven pattern, friendship bracelets are actually a type of macrame. Use Omegacryl yarn or embroidery floss and follow the instructions below to master the four basic knots and learn two beginner patternsCandy Stripe and Chevron. Then have fun playing with patterns and adding embellishments to create friendship bracelets that are all your own!


By: Author Sarah Stearns. Whether you loved making them as a kid or are learning to make them for the first time, this easy DIY tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about making friendship bracelets. Plus, they make great gifts for your best friends! Once you learn the basic techniques, check out these easy friendship bracelet patterns. All you need is some embroidery floss, and something to hold your bracelet still while you make the knots.

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Here are favorite tried-and-true supplies:. To make things easier on yourself, you could also pick up a convenient friendship bracelet kit. The best string for friendship bracelets is called embroidery floss. Embroidery floss is a smooth, 6-stranded cotton string with a slight shine. It comes in a huge variety of colorsincluding neons and metallics.

How to make a friendship bracelet

There are four basic friendship bracelet knots that you need to learn. Each of the four knots is composed of two half knots — called half-hitches. The four basic friendship bracelet knots use two half-hitches stacked together in different combinations. For a full explanation of the different types of friendship bracelets knots, with lots of diagrams and pictures, be sure to read How to Tie the 4 Basic Friendship Bracelet Knots.

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Friendship bracelet makers have created pattern charts that you can follow to create beautiful des. Websites like friendship-bracelets.

Introduction: how to make a friendship bracelet

Stripes, chevrons, hearts, arrows — whatever de you can think of, you can find! Reading friendship bracelet patterns is easier than you think! Click to read my in-depth tutorial that will teach you how to read the friendship bracelet symbols and pattern grids. You can change up the look of a bracelet pattern by choosing different colors of thread or arranging them in a different color order. If you need some color palette inspiration, check out this article all about choosing the best color combos for your next friendship bracelet: Friendship Bracelet Color Ideas and Combinations.

If it makes it easier to visualize, you can think of the chevron pattern as two back-to-back candy stripe bracelets.

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For a more detailed pattern, included more pictures and pattern chart, check out: How to Make a Chevron Friendship Bracelet. For the diamond pattern friendship braceletyou need to know how to tie all 4 basic knots. This bracelet starts out similar to the chevron friendship bracelet pattern. For a more detailed pattern, included pictures and pattern chart, check out: How to Make a Diamond Friendship Bracelet Pattern. But, there are a lot of other cool ways to start and end friendship bracelets, like buckles, teardrop loopsbuttons, adjustable knots, and more. If you have a pattern where one color is used much more than other colors, then that string should be cut longer.

Tie the extension string onto the short string with a square knot. For extra insurance, you can dab a dot of superglue onto the knot. It is okay to have the end pieces sticking out. Continue on with the pattern. Keep the loose ends on the backside of your work.

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When you are done with your bracelet, you can glue them down with more super glue, or snip them off. If your tension is too loose, your bracelet can have holes in between the knots.

Alternating half hitch friendship bracelet

On the other hand, if your tension is too tight, the knots can flip to the wrong color! In this case, practice does really make perfect. There are a couple of things that could be happening.

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First, make sure you are making TWO half-hitches to make each of the knots. If you forget this, the bracelet might curl up. Or, it could be that your tension is too tight. You can try making the knots a little bit looser. One way to straighten friendship bracelets is to block them with water.

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Get your bracelet slightly wet, place it in between paper towels, and let it dry under a heavy book. You can also try ironing the bracelet using a clothing iron or a hair straightener. Pin this post: Save this tutorial to your Pinterest boards so that you can come back to it later. Share on Instagram or Facebook: When you make this project, share it on social media and tag me sarahmaker. I love to see what you make!

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Sarah Stearns is an artist, maker, and blogger at sarahmaker. Sarah lives and works in North Carolina with her husband and young. How to Make Polymer Clay Earrings. Hi I'm Sarah. I'm an artist, maker, and blogger at sarahmaker.

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These free friendship bracelet patterns will show you how to make bracelets with zig-zags, Chinese ladder knots, chevrons, braids, twists, and many other kinds of des.


Get nostalgic and learn how to make cool friendship bracelets.