You can make them in the traditional chevron pattern (one color per triangle) or you can also mix the colors up for a very pretty and unique chevron friendship bracelet.
It might be a little tricky to get the hang of, especially if you're used to candy stripe bracelets, but I bet you'll be able to make your own chevron friendship bracelet in under an hour. :D
Step 1: What You'll Need:
- embroidery floss or thin yarn
- tape or a pin to get the bracelet in place
Step 2: Brush Up on Candy Stripe Bracelets First
So go review that and come back. :D
Step 3: Decide on Colors and Cut Your Floss/yarn
Since I'm using thin yarn, I'm sticking with eight strands.
You want two strands of each color. For example, I'm using pink, blue, green and purple. Two strands of each of those = eight strands total.
Cut at least 30 inches of floss/yarn. I ended up doing 36 inches just to be safe, and had nearly eight inches left over. :)
Step 4: Begin by Braiding
You will have an uneven number of strands for braiding and that's okay. I did two bunches of three and one bunch of two.
Knot everything again when you're done braiding. :)
Step 5: Get Your Strands in Order
You will divide them into two even groups - a left and a right group - each strand will have a match on the opposite side.
purple - pink - green - blue - blue - green - pink - purple
Step 6: Knot the Left Side
Starting with the left most strand, knot twice on the other three strands moving to the right using the standard knot you would use for regular friendship bracelet. Carry the left most strand into the middle. The last photo shows you how it should look. :)
Step 7: Knot the Right Side and Then the Middle
Knot twice on all three strands moving towards the left. Now both of your original outside strands should be in the middle!
Step 8: Knot the Middle Strands
This will complete one row of your bracelet. Pretty, huh? :D
Step 9: Keep on Keepin' on + Some Tips
- your first row is going to feel wrong and wonky. (I've included a picture of my first row so you can see what it should look like) Take extra care to keep your strands in the right order, because they will want to shift on you. Once your first two rows are done, the strands will stay in the correct order and you won't have to worry about them.
- don't pull the knots too tight! especially when using yarn - it can warp the bracelet.
- make sure to keep a pin/needle around to help you pick knots if you mess up, they're often too tiny to get out using just your fingers.
Step 10: Finishing
Cut the ends of the yarn off to clean it up and when wear it!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!