This is an easy friendship bracelet, where you follow the basic square knot. To make a friendship bracelet, for this design all that is required are seed beads, yarn and a button.
You begin any friendship bracelet by choosing the colors, you can use embroidery floss, plain yarn or any other equivalent cord/string of your choice. Embroidery floss can give you a really fine bracelet, so depending on the thickness as to which cord you use and the more colors or stands you choose the thicker the bracelet becomes.
For this particular bracelet I have used DMC 4 cotton thread, this is ideal for the seed beads I have chosen.
To start your friendship bracelet take the three strands of equal lengths 71cm (28”) vary this measurement to suit your needs.
You will need something to hold your bracelet firm while you create the design, so work with a clip board or tape your bracelet to a table edge, or use a large safety pin to attach it to a small pillow or pin it to the leg of your jeans, whatever is comfortable for you.
Secure the ends of your threads then choose one color strand to begin with and make a series of square knots that will form the loop to go over the button at the other end of your friendship bracelet. The color you have chosen will always remain as the anchor thread and will not be seen in the remaining friendship bracelet pattern.
Anchor threads are the ones that you hold firmly in one hand and with the other hand knot the main threads over.
When it is long enough remove from where it is secured and tie an
overhand knot to form a neat loop that will slide over the button. Tie off the thread to make it secure.
Once again secure the loop so you can start, bring your base cords together so that they are parallel to each other. With the left hand thread make a forward knot over the single anchor thread. To do this, take the thread over and under the anchor thread and take it back through the loop and bring it up tight. Then create a backward knot with the same thread going under and over the same anchor thread and take it back through the loop and bring it up tight.
Take the right hand strand and do the same.
Repeat these two steps for a total of six knots.
Using a twisted wire beading needle, if you do not have one see the picture as they are easy enough to make yourself, add your beads to the two outer threads and tie a knot at the end.
With the left hand thread slide a bead up then create a forward knot, then a backward knot. Do the same to the right hand thread.
Continue with the pattern until you have reached the desired length then create another six knots without beads.
Attach the button and tie off the knots at the back.
Trim off any excess threads.
This completes your easy friendship bracelet.
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