I was about to embark a long road trip from California to Colorado. I try to have projects on hand that are easy, portable and be done anywhere. I thought friendship bracelets seemed like the perfect thing. I haven't made them in a while and with summer on the horizon it feels natural to revisit these.

You will need:

  • embroidery thread, or chosen string
  • scissors
  • measurement source
  • safety pin
  • time, and maybe patience

To begin one needs to measure their string. You need to be about 35 inches. If you want repeat colors, like in this example measure and cut to 70 inches. Keep in mind what color combinations you want to create with these.


Once cut you can fold in half and create a knot in the middle of the string. Now you have 6 threads to work with.


Here I got everything prepped for the journey. I labeled some that I had cut shorter at about 40 inches, so those ones didn't have repeat colors in them. 


Then you can begin and make bracelets, and keep your hands busy while you have to stay put in one place for sometime. Don't know how? Read on. I'll give a reminder and a rough lesson on the basic concept of the left knot.


All of the above were made using the left knot variety. You can make different kinds based on when you might want to separate thread, add together, and so on. It's a good idea to braid the left over string, which can help you tie onto your special friend! Note: the one on the left is the 'Chinese Staircase'.



In this example I will just use two pieces of string. 


After crossing the thread you will bring the tail through to top middle space you've created.


Begin and pull up to the top! Then you will repeat the step with exact same string. Meaning you will have made two knots with that string then you can place to the right.


Then repeat. The string you just finished with will be on the right, so the left string will be ready for knotting. That's it! You just keep it going. When you have many strings, you just work your way through each string from left to right until the string you are working with is at the right end. If you want to do the 'Chinese Staircase', you would just keep making knots over and over in the same spot until you want to change colors. 

There are many varieties to begin more sophisticated patterns, but I wanted to get a handle on this. It had been sometime since I have made these. Maybe even as long ago as my preteen years. 


It was a beautiful drive. I love the landscape of the West!