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Published on February 8th, 2016 | by Angie

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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. 

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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.

Knit by Bit: free friendship Bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

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:

Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

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.

Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

Do the same for the next color in the rotation, which will be your yarns on the left and the right.

Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

Continue in this way, and you’ll start to see a pattern emerge!

Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

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:

Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

Continue tying overhand knots, pushing them together as you go. When you finish, it will look like this:

Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

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.

Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial on LoveKnitting

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.

9 Responses to Knit by Bit: free friendship bracelet tutorial

  1. Carol says:

    Will try making these with my granddaughter. Looks like fun.

  2. Tracey says:

    So cute…my grand daughter will love wearing and making them. And that closure is just to die for.

  3. Judy says:

    Looks like a very fun way to use up my knitting scraps

  4. Anna says:

    Great idea!
    Does anyone know how to do french knitting?

  5. Anna says:

    Great idea!
    Does anyone know how to do french knitting?

    • Nancy Boyd says:

      Yes, if you want to know what I class as french knitting. When I was a kid we used to use old wooden cotton reels (these days you can buy a Knitting Nancy which does the same thing.
      You put four small nails, evenly spaced on top of cotton reel. They have to be banged into the reel. May need a man to help with this. Probably better to start with a half knot on first nail. Then you wind your wool around these four nails, and having the tail down centre of reel. Then you place the wool or thread around outside of nails and pull the first stitch over it as you would knit a stitch. Keep going in this manner as long as you want until the cord is the length you want. Can be used for dressing gown cord or something similar. I have also seen cord used as a small mat. This is rather tedious to sew together but It helps to keep you amused (or the children). Hope this helps. Regards Nancy.

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  6. Jas says:

    Great description love it

  7. shiloh says:

    Love it! Always like fast fun things to make.

  8. Karen says:

    I’m always looking for fun, easy crafts to make with children. These bracelets are just the thing! And as Judy says, it’s a great way to use up some yarn scraps.

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