Most patterns require at least 60 inches for each strand. This means that you should be able to cut 5 strands per skein.
Unless you are making a very wide or very long bracelet, one skein per color should be enough to make one bracelet.
A small craft pillow or old pillow is recommended to use as your “work station”. It should be comfortable enough to sit in your lap and not have any special meaning. Since a safety pin is used to anchor the threads down, eventually many holes will start to appear in the pillow as you expand your bracelet creations.
Alternative travelling workstation. My favorite workstation for making friendship bracelets? My leg! I like using a safety pin to fasten my work to my jeans. No pillow required that way.
A 60 inch fabric tape measure is not necessary, a yard stick or other measuring device can be used, but it is strongly suggested.
Friendship Bracelet Knots and Abbreviations
These are the 4 basic knots you'll use for making floss friendship bracelets. The abbreviations (in brackets) should come in handy if you follow patterns - they are commonly used in friendship bracelet instructions.
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 forward backward knot video to see this in action.
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 a backward-forward knot video to see this knot being made.
After reaching the desired length of your bracelet, separate the strands into 2 equal groups.
Braid each group to at least 4 inches and put a knot at the bottom. Pull the strands to tighten the knots.
Trim the remaining strands. The braids can be shortened after the bracelet is on the wrist, if they are too long.
Note: If you are following a pattern, the pattern may have different friendship bracelet instructions for finishing off. I like this finishing style because I don't have to be too particular about measuring the bracelet length.
The most important thing to remember when making friendship bracelets is to keep consistent tension on the threads in use. It is a matter of personal preference on how tight you want it, but it should not be too loose, as the bracelet could fall apart.
If the bracelet seems too tight, don’t worry. It will loosen after repeated wearings.
Remember, the longer and more complex the bracelet pattern, the more thread you will need. Sixty inches per strand is the minimum you will need. Often, you will need a longer strand of one color than another.
Leave at least 6 inches for the braids.
If your bracelet curls, the knots may be too tight. Even tension is the key - not too tight or too loose.
For curling that just won't stop, try ironing lightly using steam, but don't press too too hard with the iron- you'll flatten the knots.
Take your time, and don't get frustrated. Practice makes perfect.
It is ok if you make a mistake, as long as you detect it quickly. The knots can be taken out.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with knots and colors. You never know when a masterpiece might be created!
Have fun! I hope you enjoyed these friendship bracelet instructions!