Instructions and design by Rita Vainius
MATERIALS YOU'LL NEED:
Caron Collection Watercolours (or similar weight
thread) 4 colors, 1 skein each
Clipboard and Scissors
The Basic Single Knot: First practice the basic knot used to make the bracelet
by taking 2 different colored threads, tie them together at one end and
clip them down on the clipboard. As they hang side by side, call the string
on the right, the right hand string. The other one, call the left hand
string. Hold the right hand string tight and knot the other around it as
shown below. Pull toward the left and pull snug. This is the knot going
left to right. Now for the basic knot going the other way: hold the left
hand string tight and knot the other around it. Pull toward the right and
pull snug. This is the knot going right to left. Once you've learned this
you can begin the instructions below.
Step 1. Cut each of the 4 colored threads into 64" lengths.
- Step 2: Hold the 4 threads together and fold them in half so you now have 8 threads
each 32" long.
- Step 3: Tie a knot about 1/2" from the top, forming a loop and attach the
threads to the clipboard.
- Step 4: To make following the
directions easier give each color a number from one to four. If you are
using our colors this would be orange (#1), white (#2), brown (#3), blue
- Separate the strands and set them up in this
order - from left to right toward center ( #1, #2, #3, #4 ) and from right
to left toward center (#4, #3, #2, #1 ).
- Step 5: Divide
the strands into 2 bundles of 4 strands each (the four left should have
one of each color, and the four right should have one of each color)
- Step 6: Using
the left bundle of four threads, tie a Basic
Single Knot around the right bundle. Hold
the right bundle straight while you pull the knot tight. Note: the position
of the bundles will not change, the left bundle will still be on the left.
- Step 7: Repeat step 6 using the right bundle of four threads and tie a Basic Single Knot around
the left bundle. Hold the left bundle straight while you pull the knot
tight. Note: the position of the bundles will not change, the right bundle
will still be on the right.
- Step 8: Repeat step 6 again with the left bundle.
Step 9: Separate
the 4 threads of the left bundle into 2 bundles of 2 threads each. (#1
and #2 together and #3 and #4 together)
- Step 10: Separate
the 4 threads of the right bundle into the same groups of color as in step
- Step 11: Starting
with the 2 bundles of 2 threads on the left, alternate 1 Basic
Single Knot going left to right and one knot
going right to left for a total of 5 knots. Repeat this with the 2 bundles
of 2 threads each on the right side as well.
Step 12: Now separate each of
these 4 threads on each side into groups of two. You will have 4 separate
Step 13: Starting
on the right using only the first group of 2 single threads, alternate
1 Basic Single Knot going
left to right and 1 knot going right to left for a total of 10 knots. Repeat
this with each of the remaining 3 groups of 2 threads each.
Step 14: After
step 13 you will have 4 bundles with 2 threads each knotted together.
Step 15: Make a double knot tying
2 sets of 2 threads each on left side together.
Step 16: Repeat
step 15 with the 2 sets of threads on the right. Now repeat steps 9, 10
and 11 again .
Step 17: Make a double knot tying the bundle of 4 threads on the left with the 4
threads on the right You have now completed one full pattern. Repeat steps
9 to 17 two to three times depending on how long you want your bracelet
(or necklace to be).
- To make it visually more interesting, combine
colors in different combinations for each successive pattern. (For example:
if you knotted #1 and 2 together and #3 and #4 together the first time,
try knotting #1 and #3 together and #2 and #4 together for the second pattern,
and #1 and #4 together and #2 and #3 together the next time).
Step 18: After
you do step 17 for the last time, repeat steps 6 and 7.
- Step 19: Wrap the bracelet around
your wrist. Divide the threads at the opposite end from the loop in half
so you have 2 sets of 4 threads. Put one set through the loop and tie it
to the other set in a double knot, so the loop is secured in the middle
of the knot. Cut off any excess thread making sure you can still slip it
on and off your wrist.
Step 20: Congratulate yourself! You now have your own handmade friendship bracelet and
the knots you've learned can be combined in endless ways to make your own
design or perhaps one for a special friend.
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