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How to Make a Backwards Knot (for Friendship Bracelets)

The backwards knot (often abbreviated as "B" in friendship band patterns) is one of the most basic knots to master for making friendship bands, and next to "What is a forward knot?", "What is a backward knot?" is the most asked knot-related question I get.

So here it is.  The super easy backward knot.

This knot is usually made with embroidery floss, but it will work with other types of string too.

Be extra sure to pay attention to the instructions.  You need to make each loop twice to complete the backwards knot.  Doing it once will only make a half-stich knot.

FYI, a half-stitch knot means a super curling bracelet.  Not good.


Backwards Knot (B) Instructions

The Backwards Knot starts with a string on the right, and moves the string to the left.

Start with the thread on the right (blue).

Lay the thread on top of the right thread (orange).  This should make the letter “P".  (See image 1a).

Loop the right thread (blue) under the left thread (orange) and pull upwards. (See image 1b - the thread goes down after tightening upwards)

Then do it again. ** Very very important!! You need to do this twice or your bracelet will curl!!!

After repeating twice, the right thread will now be on the left.

If the above sounds confusing take a look at the Backwards Knot video below.  Hopefully it will clear it all up.


Backwards Knot Video

Video description:

Basic instructions:

Make a "P" with the working string, then reach through the "P" loop and pull the tail of the same string through from the front.

Do this again.

Very important that you do this twice!

If you only knot once you are doing only HALF of the knot.


Most Frequently Asked Friendship Bracelet Question of All Time:

Why is my friendship bracelet curling?

Answer: You need to make each knot twice before moving onto the next knot.


More Knots

Forward-Backward Knot (FB):

The forward-backward knot starts with the first loop of the forward knot and ends with the backward knot.  This means that the thread on the left will stay on the left when the knot is completed.

Backward-Forward Knot (BF):

The backward forward knot is reverse of the FB knot.  It starts with the backward knot and finishes with the forward knot.  The right thread will stay on the right.


Related Pages

How to Make a Forward Knot
How to Make a FB Knot
How to Make a BF Knot
Friendship Bracelet Basics (includes starting and finishing)
Friendship Bracelet Patterns


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