Tuesday, 29 July 2014

LETS BE FRIENDS

Friendship bracelets are a lovely way to let someone know they're important to you, and can be adapted to suit anyone's personality and style. They're also a simple way to add a pop of colour to an outfit and are a must have for the festival season. So I'm going to show you how to make one now. I'm making a 'chevron' style bracelet, but there are many other different styles of bracelets out there, so go and check them out! This one can be adapted to your style by mixing up the colours to create the pattern you want.
STEP 1: Measure out 120cm (4 times wrapped around the ruler) of each colour thread, fold them all in half and tie a knot in the end, leaving a loop.
STEP 2: Use the sticky tape to securely attach the thread to a table or something solid (I sometimes use my leg if I'm not near a table. Arrange the thread so that there are 2 groups of 6 pieces each with one of each colour of each side as shown above.
STEP 3: To start the bracelet take the outermost thread on the left and cross it over the thread next to it, making a 4 shape, then take it underneath, through the loop and pull tight.
STEP 4: Repeat step 3 with the next thread to the right, using the same thread (the pink thread on this bracelet). Repeat using this thread every time until you reach the middle. Then you need to do the same thing on the other side, working in.

STEP 5: You now have two of the same colour threads in the middle (don't worry if it's a little bit messy, it'll tidy up later), knot them together as shown above.
STEP 6: To create the next row just take the two outside threads and work in again towards the middle, then knot together. As you make more rows you will begin to see the chevron pattern.
STEP 7: Keep going with the rows until it is big enough to fit around your wrist.
STEP 8: To finish make two plaits (dividing the thread into 6 pairs) to help you tie it on, and you're done!
So I hope you have a go at this, it's simple once you get your head around it and it's a great way to make something for yourself or others. Let me know how it went if you've had a go at making one, or if you've got another pattern for me to try. Good luck!

Emily x

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