DIY Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet Pattern

Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet

This DIY Zig Zag friendship bracelet pattern is an easy embroidery floss bracelet project.  Use at least two colors or as many as you like!

Tools and Materials

What you need:

  • Embroidery floss in your choice of colors: 
    This pattern calls for three colors:  yellow (1), blue (2), and pink (3). 
  • Masking tape, a safety pin and pillow, or a clipboard
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

Things to Know Before You Begin

This pattern uses all four knots:  forward (F), backward (B), forward/backward (FB), and backward/forward (BF).
Instructions for the knots and starting and finishing instructions are here.

How To's - Step by Step DIY Zig Zag Bracelet

Step 1: Cut String

Cut strands to desired length.  For this particular pattern, 65 inches will produce approximately a 6 ½ inch (including loop and knot) tight bracelet.

Step 2: Set Up 

Fold strands in half and make a loop and knot at the top.  Pin the knot to your workstation pillow. (Or use a clipboard)

Step 3: Arrange Order of Colors

Arrange colors:  112233.  Yellow will be used first.

Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet Pattern - Step 3 - Arrange Colors in 112233 pattern

Step 4 : Knot Your First Row (Yellow)

Row 1: Starting with the leftmost yellow strand, work across from left to right and make five forward knots.

Zig Zag Bracelet Step 4 - Make 5 forward knots starting with the leftmost strand and working from right to left

Step 5: Knot The Next Rows Stopping Before The Last Strand

Rows 2-5: Continue making five forward knots with each strand on the left until you reach the last blue strand. (5 rows made)

Zig Zag Bracelet Step 5 - Continue making five forward knots with each strand on the left until you reach the last blue strand.

Step 6: Knot the Last Strand and "Turn"

Row 6: With the last blue strand, make four forward knots and one forward/backward knot. This knot makes the "turn". (Six rows made)

Zig Zag Bracelet Step 6

Step 7: Knot from Right to Left (Row 7)

Row 7: With the same blue strand, make four backward knots.  i.e. one backward knot on each of the strands serving as anchor strands.

Zig Zag Bracelet Step 7

Step 8:  Knot Rows 8, 9, 10, 11

Rows 8-11: Starting with the right blue strand, make five backward knots.  Continue making five backward knots with each of the strands on the right until you get to the last yellow strand.

Zig Zag bracelet Step 8

Step 9: Row 12 (Turning Row)

Row 12: With the last yellow strand, make four backward knots and one backward/forward knot. You've completed one full zig zag.

DIY Zig Zag Bracelet Step 9

Step 10: Knot Row 13

Row 13: Begin a second zig zag by using the same yellow strand, and make four forward knots.

Zig Zag Bracelet Step 10

Step 11: Repeat

Repeat from Step 5 until you have reached your desired bracelet length.  Try to finish with the same strand that you first started with.

DIY Zig Zag Bracelet Step 11

Step 12: Finish

Divide the strands into two sections, and braid each group.

Done! Congratulations.  You just made your very own DIY Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet.  Betcha can't make just one ;-)

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