by Christine Gierer
Photo Courtesy of Elisha in California
The Chinese Staircase has got to be the easiest friendship bracelet ever, short of tying a single piece of string onto your wrist and calling it a bracelet.
It's even easier than the Candy Stripe that I used to call the easiest.
(See? I can admit mistakes. I'm growing as a person).
Shall we continue on with the instructions?
The chinese staircase bracelet is a flexible project. You can use a rainbow of colors or just 2, it's entirely up to you.
In this tutorial I'm using just 2 colors, but once you make a 2-color bracelet, it's easy to see how to make one with more colors.
You'll see tips for making a bracelet with more colors at the end of the tutorial.
Experience Level: All Levels
About 45 minutes or less if you are focused, I think. I'm not, so it took me longer in front of the TV.
Tools and Supplies
Fold the brown strand (your anchor strand) in half, and line up the top of the fold with one end of each the pink and red strands.
Tie strands together like this:
You now have two long strands attached to a folded (soon to be hidden) short strand.
Attach the knot to a relatively sturdy surface with tape or safety pin so it doesn't move around:
Make your first "Half-Hitch" knot. (Macrame lingo, natch).
(Why: The goal is to make a knot that wraps around all the other strings (keeps 'em from flapping about) while at the smae time making a band of color around said other strings.)
How to Make a Half-Hitch Knot: Make your first knot by making a number “4” with colorA as the loop, and the rest of the yarn as the stick of the 4 like in picture ....
...then reach into the loop of the 4 from the front, and grab the loose end of colorA and pull through.
Tighten the knot by pulling colorA yarn up and tight.
(This action completes 1 half-hitch knot)
Knot with ColorA until you think you'd like to switch to ColorB
Repeat Step 3 over and over as needed, i.e. continue making the half-hitch knots until you want to change to colorB.
The knot will start to spiral -- this is fine.
Change Colors and Continue To Knot with Half Hitch Knots
Use colorB as the knotting strand by separating it out of the rest. ColorA joins in with the brown and the red and brown are now the strands that become hidden.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you reach about 5 inches long or the size of your wrist minus a bit.
To tie it off, trim the loose strands to about 3 inches or so.
You can tie it onto your wrist using the below instructions. (It would look like the same, except without the strings being braided).
Instructions for tying on a friendship bracelet:
(The bracelet below is a chevron bracelet. That's why it looks different. You knot the chinese staircase bracelet closed the same way though. Instead of braids, you have loose strands of floss that you knot)
Lay your wrist on the bracelet. Pull one or two strands of the floss through the loop and tie to the other remaining strands. You are finished!
To make a Chinese Staircase bracelet with more than 2 colors, here are some tips:
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