With Coachella fast approaching (oh I wish I was going) I've begun to catch festival-fever and would you have guessed it, this Spring/Summer the friendship bracelet is back. You'll have already spotted them invading the high street and I know asos.com have an amazing selection. But they can be expensive, and to build up a collection like the ones below can cost a fortune. So I'm going to show you how to make your own, simple and easy friendship bracelets. Perfect for upcoming festivals, holidays, to give away as presents or just something creative to do during the Easter holidays.
images courtesy of tumblr.com and honestlywtf.com
This Chevron style bracelet is easy to make once you know the two basic knots. You can choose any colours and make your bracelet as wide or narrow as you like. My first attempt took me around 2 hours to complete. My second attempt was completed in under 90 minutes. Practice definitely makes perfect and you'll need a bit of patience too.
You'll need some embroidery thread in various colours. I bought a pack of 36 skeins mixed colours here on ebay for just £3.65. Start by cutting your strands to 1 metre each. You need two sets of each colour.
Below I have used 5 different colours, so 10 strands in total. (The more strands you use the wider your bracelet will be.) Combine the threads and tie a knot at the top leaving about 3 inches spare. Tape down to a table, a big sheet of card, or even the floor...
Arrange the strands in a mirror image pattern, with the outside strands the same colour and moving inwards. It goes in a pattern of 1 2 3 4 5 / 5 4 3 2 1
The basic knot which makes the chevron is the forward '4' knot. Starting with the outer strand on the left side (shown here in orange) make a four shape with the second colour strand. Loop it under and back through. Pull the knot tight to the top - its best to drag the orange strand up to the top whilst keeping the second strand straight. Make the same knot twice over each colour.
You're going to repeat this over each colour sticking with the orange strand and taking it across to the middle.
When the orange strand has reached the middle leave it there. This is half of the chevron pattern.
Now we're going to start from the right outermost strand (again this will be orange.) This time make a backwards 4 shape with the next colour along. Loop the orange under and back through. Pull the knot tight at the top. Remember to knot twice! Carry on knotting all the colours with orange until you get to the middle. Now you should have two orange strands together in the centre.
Backwards knot these twice to secure the two halves of the pattern together.
Continue with the new outermost left strand (which will now be green.) Remembering the colour order is important at first. Jot it down on a scrap of paper. After a few rows the colours should fall into place. I also find it helpful to draw out the number 4 on the left side and a backwards number 4 on the right side to help me make my knots.
Knot carefully, dragging up the colour to the top of the braid and establishing that colour strand into a colour knot. A stitch unpicker or hair pin is useful if any mistakes are made.
Finish the braid by tying a knot. You can plait the left over bits if you wish. You can see here two different bracelets I've made. My first being the pastel coloured braid has tons of mistakes, but its still wearable! I'm much more satisfied with my 2nd attempt. Tie the bracelets on to your wrist with a knot. You can opt to adorn a metal clasp to your bracelets to make taking them on and off easy. I prefer the more permanent nature of a knot and even leave mine on when I'm in the shower!
Beaded bracelets - H&M
If you're still scratching your head in confusion try having a look at this wonderful diy post from honestlywtf.com - its the same tutorial I used to begin with. Let me know if you give this a try, I'd love to see your pictures.