# Get Creative! Friendship Bracelet Designs And Instructions to Make One

Looking for some great friendship bracelet designs, patterns to make a special and unique friendship bracelet for your best friend? Let's see simple instructions to ease your task.

Kanika Khara

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2019

Before You Begin

Making a friendship bracelet can be a tricky task for those who've never attempted it before. However, as long as you keep these few things in mind, you should find it to be a lot simpler than expected!

**forward knot, backward knot and forward-backward knot**. In order to attempt making any of these patterns, you would need to learn and practice each of these knots. Practice them a couple of times before starting off. Once your knots are precise, most of these designs will be a cakewalk for you!

**► Quick Tip:**Safety pins can be life saviors while making friendship bracelets. You can knot one end of the strings to a safety pin and secure it onto the lower portion of your trouser. This way, they are held firm at the perfect distance to continue knotting!

Materials Required

**Traditional**

>>Color strings of embroidery floss

>>Pair of scissors

>>Good work surface

>>Clipboards/pins

**Non-traditional**

>>Assorted beads

>>Twist and tie rope

>>Elastic bands

>>Safety pins

Friendship Bracelet Patterns with Making Instructions

Style I: Braided Design

✦ To make a three-color braid, take three thick strings of three different colors.

✦ Tie these three strings together on one end with the help of a knot.

✦ Place this knot on a work surface; something which will hold it firm, giving you grip to tie it with the correct pressure -- clipboards work well for this purpose.

✦ Tie these three strings together on one end with the help of a knot.

✦ Place this knot on a work surface; something which will hold it firm, giving you grip to tie it with the correct pressure -- clipboards work well for this purpose.

✦ After clamping the knot somewhere, you will have three strings; let's call them A, B and C from left to right.

✦ Next, place C over A; the order then becomes BCA.

✦ Once again, place B over C; making the order CBA.

✦ Complete the entire braid in a similar fashion.

✦ Note: Keep cross-checking with the mentioned order at every step, so you can rectify your mistakes, if any, at that particular stage itself.

Style II: Chevron Design

✦ To make a simple chevron of three colors (A, B & C), you will require six strings -- two of each color.

✦ Arrange these six strings in the order: A1 B1 C1 C2 B2 A2.

✦ Take A1, and form a forward knot on B1.

✦ Next, make A1 form a forward knot on C1. If you have got it right so far, the order of the strings will be: B1 C1 A1 C2 B2 A2.

✦ Arrange these six strings in the order: A1 B1 C1 C2 B2 A2.

✦ Take A1, and form a forward knot on B1.

✦ Next, make A1 form a forward knot on C1. If you have got it right so far, the order of the strings will be: B1 C1 A1 C2 B2 A2.

✦ Next, take A2 again, and make a backward knot onto C2. If you've got it right, the order should be: B1 C1 A1 A2 C2 B2.

✦ At this point, the outermost strings, A1 and A2 are now the innermost ones. Tie them both at the center with either a forward or backward knot.

✦ Take B1 and form a forward knot on C1 and then A1. So the order will now become: C1 A1 B1 A2 C2 B2.

✦ Once again, the outermost strings, B1 and B2 are now the innermost ones. Tie them at the center with a forward or a backward knot.

✦ Keep repeating these steps until the friendship bracelet is of the required length.

Style III: Inverted/Alternating Chevron Design

✦ To make an alternating chevron of three colors, you will require four strings of each of the predominant colors and two strings of the third color (that form the intermediate arrows).

✦ Arrange them as: A1 A2 A3 A4 B1 B2 C1 C2 C3 C4, and secure them firmly onto your work surface.

✦ Then take B2 and tie a forward knot with C1, then C2, and so on till C4. Bear in mind that you don't have to form these knots in a straight line. Instead, they must form a slanted line that forms half the arrow head.

At this stage, B1 and B2 should be outermost instead of innermost. The order will be: B1 A1 A2 A3 A4 C1 C2 C3 C4 B2.

and B1. Order on completing this step is: C1 B1 A1 A2 A3 C2 C3 C4 B2 A4.

After this point, the pattern of knotting is similar; you only have to repeat the same knots till you finish the bracelet. However, two more steps have been explained in case you haven't got the hang of it yet.

✦ Take C2 and form backward knots along A2, A1, B1 and C1. Order after completing this step: C2 C1 B1 A1 A2 C3 C4 B2 A4 A3.

✦ Keep repeating this pattern till the bracelet is of the desired length.

Style IV: Zigzag Design

✦ Take the leftmost string, A1 and form forward knots onto A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 individually. Order at the end of this step: A2, B1 B2 and C1 C2 A1.

✦ Now take B1 and form forward knots on B2, C1, C2, A1 and A2 individually. Order at the end of this step: B2 C1 C2 A1 A2 B1.

✦ Take B2 and make forward knots onto C1, C2, A1, A2 and B1 individually. Order at the end of this step: C1 C2 A1 A2 B1 B2.

✦ Lastly, take C2 and tie forward knots onto A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1 individually. Then, using C2, tie a forward-backward knot onto C1.

✦ Similarly, use C1 to make backward knots on B2, B1, A2, A1 and C2.

✦ Keep repeating these steps till the bracelet is as long as required.

Style V: Candy Stripe Design

✦ To make a three-color candy stripe bracelet, you will need nine strings; three of each color you desire.

✦ Start by assembling them together in the order: A1 A2 A3 B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3.

✦ Tie a knot at one end, and secure it to any comfortable working surface.

✦ Start by assembling them together in the order: A1 A2 A3 B1 B2 B3 C1 C2 C3.

✦ Tie a knot at one end, and secure it to any comfortable working surface.

✦ Then use A2 to tie forward knots on A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3 and A1.

Out-of-the-box Ideas

Link-Ribbon Bracelet

Be unique and creative with this link-ribbon bracelet. It is one of the easiest bracelets to make by yourself, which will definitely stand out in any group! A pretty ribbon added to a simple chain of links, topped off with a well-crafted bow brings together this unique bracelet.

Loop the Ring!

Another funky idea for a DIY friendship bracelet is a ring bracelet.

Stone Bracelet

Note

Though we've tried to make the instructions as elaborate and explanatory as possible, one might still find it difficult to follow through at times. The images provided are merely shown for reference, your final outcome may or may not be similar; depending on your knotting technique and materials used.