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Breezy Friendship Bracelets

The best summer project around? Friendship bracelets... So portable, so cute and so easy! And you don’t need to be intimidatingly crafty to make them. In fact, even if you have two left thumbs, these Breezy Friendship Bracelets are perfectly do-able.

Over the past few years, we have featured several knotted bracelet designs here on the Bee (click here to see them all), but this season's version is the easiest and breeziest. Made with two very simple knots, these bracelets work up so quickly you can make several in an afternoon and a whole armful in a weekend.

 

The Breezy Friendship Bracelets also have a new streamlined, adjustable closure for easy on and off. And for the first time, I used our 1 mm Chinese Knotting Cord, a durable nylon cord made for, well... knotting! You only need two colors to make a bracelet, but wheres the fun in that? Make a whole rainbow!

Kids can easily get in on this friendship bracelet action. We're thinking tokens of friendship for the end of the school year and hours of entertainment for summer road trips. But, honestly? We make and wear friendship bracelets too! -Molly

Materials

You will also need a lighter and a safety pin.

Finished Size

7 inches around with two 3-inch ties. These bracelets adjust to fit most adult women, but the pattern can easily be altered to fit anyone!

Pattern

One Sided Wrap Bracelet (Narrower)

Pick two colors: an Under Color and an Over Color. From the Under Color, cut three 18-inch lengths. These are the Base Cords. From the Over Color, cut one 68-inch length. This is the Working Cord. From the Under Color (or any color you like!), cut a 10-inch length. This is the Tie Cord.

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Line up one end of the Base and Working Cords and tie them together in a simple overhand knot, 5 inches from the aligned ends. (Do not pull this knot too tight because you will be pulling it out later.) Safety pin the knot to your pants or to another secure location.

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Pull the Working Cord to the right side of the beginning knot, while keeping the Base Cords grouped together, hanging straight down. Keeping it slack, pull the Working Cord to the left over the Base Cords and then bring the Working Cord under the Base Cords and over itself to create a loop, as shown above.

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Pull the Working Cord upwards around the Base Cords, tightening it as you pull. Tug fairly firmly on the knot so that it's snug at the top of the bracelet. This is a Half Right Knot.

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Next you will create a Half Left Knot... Keeping it slack, pull the Working Cord to the left over the Base Cords, and then crossing over to the right, bring the Working Cord under the Base Cords, and then back over itself to create a loop, as shown above.

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Pull the Half Left Knot upwards and to the right.

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When the new knot meets up with the previous knot, pull the Working Cord taut so that the little nubs created by the knots are both facing to the right and the left sides are smooth. If you look closely you can see that a small “V” shape is formed by the Half Right and Half Left Knots meeting one another.

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Continue in this same manner, alternating a Half Right Knot with a Half Left Knot, while making sure that the knotted edge is on the right and the smooth wrapped side is on the left.

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Stop when your bracelet measures 7 inches (or however long you like) from the beginning knot and then tie two Half Left Knots in a row and pull them very tight.

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Snip off the ends of the Base Cords a few millimeters beyond the last knot, and cut the tail of the Working Cord to 3 inches. Tie a simple overhand knot at the very end of the 3-inch tail. Use the lighter to melt the ends of the Base Cords, as well as the knot at the end of the Working Cord tail.

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Untie the beginning knot, tie two Half Left Knots and then finish that end in the same manner as the first. Arrange the bracelet in a circle, making sure it's not twisted and the two 3-inch tails are overlapping and parallel to each other with the knots facing in opposite directions.

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Tie the center of the Tie Cord in a tight over hand knot around the center of the two tails.

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Tie one Half Left Knot at each side of this overhand knot using each tail of the Tie Cord. This is the Tie Closure.

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Then turn the whole bracelet over and tie another overhand knot on the other side of the Tie Closure.

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Snip off the tails of the Tie Cord and melt the ends to create a neat, button like closure. Pull the knotted tails away from the Tie Closure and the bracelet will close!

Two Sided Wrap Bracelets (Wider)

Pick out two colors, one for the left hand side of the bracelet and one for the right. Cut each of these into one 53-inch length. These are the Left and Right Working Cords. From the lighter of these two colors, cut four 18-inch lengths. These are the Base Cords.

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Line up one end of all six strands and tie them together in a simple overhand knot, 5 inches from the aligned ends. (Do not pull this knot too tight because you will be pulling it out later.) Safety pin the knot to your pants or another secure location. Arrange the cords so that the Left Working Cord is to the left, the Base Cords are gathered together in the middle, and the Right Working Cord is to the right.

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Create a Half Left Knot with the Left Working Cord by crossing it right over the Base Cords and then left under the Base Cords, coming out over itself. Slide the knot up and to the left, pulling it taut at the base of the beginning knot.

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Next, using the Right Working Cord, create a Half Right Knot by crossing it left over the Base Cords and then right under the Base Cords, coming out over itself.

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Slide this knot up and to the right until it bumps up against the previous Half Left Knot.

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Repeat these steps, tying a Half Left Knot with the Left Working Cord, followed by a Half Right Knot with the Right Working Cord until the bracelet measures 7 inches from the beginning knot (or however long you want). Make sure to keep the nubs of the knots facing in their respective directions so that the bracelet lies flat.

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Finish in the same manner as for the One Sided Wrapped Bracelets, explained above.
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13 Responses to Breezy Friendship Bracelets


  1. 3girls1apple says:

    Friendship bracelets can never get old. They all look really cute. Love them. Thanks for sharing from 3girls1apple.com

  2. heather says:

    Love these! I think they will make a good road trip craft for my girls and me too! Thanks so much!

  3. Mar says:

    Is a fantastic idea! Want to try it with my daughter today!

  4. Josie says:

    Looks like a terrific project to do with the grand kidlets. Thanks for the clear tutorial and the inspiration.

  5. TerriSue says:

    What you are doing with the first one is tatting without a shuttle or a needle. But it is tatting all the same. I intend to teach my 7 year old granddaughter this, this summer. Then next summer going on to tatting will be a breeze. Thank you for this elementary introduction into one of my favorite pass times. I just couldn't believe it when I saw the photo of the first half of the knot and then I saw the second photo and I yelled to my husband, "They're tatting friendship bracelets". You could have knocked me over because I don't think you knew what you were doing! Congratulations!!

  6. Pat Phythian says:

    These are so pretty. I recently read an article about needle tatting in Piecework Magazine, and, like TerriSue, I thought it looked like the same kind of knots.

  7. Andrea says:

    How strong is the end detail? It seems like the last few knots could slip right off the ends of the working cords. Or does the last knot melt into the working cords when the ends are melted? I love this project and am in the middle of my first bracelet, but I want to be sure it is sturdy. Thanks!

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Andrea-

    The closure and ends are surprisingly sturdy on these! The ends do melt together so the working cords don't slip off. You don't even have to melt them too much- just a couple of seconds under the lighter should do just fine.

    Thank you!

    Molly

  9. Mary says:

    Hi! Will the brighter colors of cord be available through your online store again soon? Thanks- I would love to try this out!

    -Mary

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Mary-

    Yes! If you'd like to be notified when they come back in stock please email customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com.

    Thank you for getting in touch!

    Molly

  11. Ann says:

    Perfect for my sister's fundraiser at the end of the month – I have to give them a go. So pretty the girls will LOVE them! Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Lucy says:

    I am a big fan of friendship bracelets, and my daughter too. These are awesome, thanks so much for sharing them!

  13. Bela says:

    This is a great thing to do with kids! It's so simple a kid like me did it with no help whatsoever!
    I love all of pulls stuff + the intrusions r easy-peay to follow with!
    Love ya purl!

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