Friendship Bracelets


Friendship Bracelets have been around for a long time. They're fun to make and fun to swap with your friends! And you can never have too many friends, as we all know!

You will need 3-4 skeins of embroidery floss in different colours, and some adhesive tape. You'll be able to make several bracelets.

The bracelet has four bands of colour and you can arrange the colours how you like.

Cut 2 one-metre strands of each colour and arrange them side by side so that the two strands of each colour are together. Tape the 4 colours to a working surface, and tie the 8 strands together leaving about 7 cm of tail.

To begin knotting, pick up strand A1 (see figure 1) and wrap it over and under strand A2 to form a knot. Holding strand A2 taut, pull strand A1 until knot is tightened at top.

Make a second knot, again wrapping strand A1 over and under A2 (figure 2). Again, tighten knot by holidng strand A2 taut while pulling strand A1 to the top. A double knot is now complete. Drop strand A2.


Pick up strand B1 and wrap strand A1 over and under strand B1. Tighten knot. Make second knot with strand A1 around strand B1. Drop strand B1.

Continue making knots in same manner across row, working strand A1 in a double knot around the rest of the strands in the row. Strand A1 will be at far right side of row when all double knots are completed. The first row of double knots should slant diagonally down towards the right (see figure 3, where the red row is halfway worked). For second row, use strand A2 to work the same double knot over strands B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, D2 and finally A1. Strand A2 will now be at the far right side of row next to strand A1. Continue working rows in the same manner.


Continue until your friendship bracelet is long enough to go around your wrist. Tie all 8 strands together in a knot. Trim tail to 7 cm, tie bracelet around your wrist - or around your best friend's wrist!

Once you get more practice you will find you can make wider bracelets using 10, 12 or 14 strands, and you will find ways of making Geometric patterns, zigzags and diamonds. Or you could even make a really long band and use it as a belt!