Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial
This free friendship bracelet tutorial is super simple and perfect for kids. If you can braid, you can make this chevron friendship bracelet in no time at all.
As Leslie Knope once said, February 13th is Galentine’s Day, when “Ladies celebrate ladies!” Friendship bracelets are a cute, heartfelt gift for girls and women of all ages. I might be a grown woman, but my love for friendship bracelets knows no bounds. When I worked at a summer camp in Texas, I was the undisputed Queen of Bracelets. This is a simple version using the fishtail braid, and even little ones can get the hang of it.
To start off, pick 5 colors of yarn. I used leftover Lang Baby Cotton 4 ply from last summer’s LoveCrochet Summer CAL. Cut about 1 yard of each shade, and fold the strands in half. Tie a knot in the top, creating a loop and 10 strands of yarn beneath.
Next, order the yarns like a mirror. For example, if you assign each color a number, you would order them as following:
5 4 3 2 1, 1 2 3 4 5
This is necessary to make the chevron pattern make sense. Check out my example below:
Next, we will be starting the chevron pattern. The first round can seem confusing, but I promise the pattern will start to emerge soon. Take the yarn on the right and cross it over the other 4 colors on that side to the middle. Do the same with the yarn on the left (the same color), and cross it over the other colors into the middle. Cross these 2 yarns together, so that the yarn that was on the left now belongs to the group of yarn on the right, and vice versa.
Do the same for the next color in the rotation, which will be your yarns on the left and the right.
Continue in this way, and you’ll start to see a pattern emerge!
When your bracelet fits all the way around the wrist of the galentine you’re giving it to, tie a knot to secure the braid. Next, we’re going to make an adjustable macrame-style closure so it can be worn and removed and put back on without a problem.
Make sure you tie another knot at the top of your beginning loop, and another knot a few inches from your tail knot. You need 4 knots total to secure the closure. Curve your bracelet so that the knots all match up, and we will start to make the closure.
Take a long piece of one of your colors (I chose to use a chunk containing all five of my colors), and place it under both pieces of the bracelet so that half of the piece is on the left, and half on the right. Tie a simple overhand knot, like when you tie a shoelace. It will look like this image below as you start to tighten the knot:
Continue tying overhand knots, pushing them together as you go. When you finish, it will look like this:
Snip the ends of your knot tying yarn, and you’re done! Now you can pull the ends of the bracelet through the knot tube to make the bracelet bigger or smaller. This type of closure is a great option if you don’t know the size of their wrist, or if they work a job where they can’t always keep it on – like doctors, nurses, and some types of professional jobs.
These bracelets look great stacked up or on their own. The possibilities of color combinations are endless – I even doubled up strands to make a neon rainbow version.
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Last updated: February 8th, 2016.