How to Make a Forward Knot

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The forward knot and backward knot are fundamental knots to master for making friendship bracelets. Luckily, they are super easy knots to make.

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

On this page you'll find written instructions and a video too.

Forward Knot (F) Instructions

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Start with the thread on the left (red). 

Lay the thread on top of the right thread (white).  This should make the number “4”. 

Loop the left thread (red) under the right thread (white) and pull upwards. 
Then do it again .

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

Each F-Knot is a double half-hitch knot. You must repeat this little loopy knot twice. One time is a half-hitch (a.k.a. HH) , twice is a forward knot.

  The left thread will now be on the right.

Forward Knot Video

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):

This 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.
Watch a video to see how to make a forward-backward knot

Backward-Forward Knot (BF):

This 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.
Watch the backward-forward knot video.

Related Pages

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


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