Let's Make Friendship Bracelets #3: Chevrons: Regular, Alternating & Mixed Chevron Bracelet Patterns

Debbie Hart, Artist and Designer

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10 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Gather Your Materials

    • 3. Pick Your Chevrons

    • 4. Get Set Up to Create Your Bracelet

    • 5. The Forward Knot

    • 6. The Backward Knot

    • 7. Knotting Regular Chevron Patterns

    • 8. Knotting Alternating/Mixed Patterns

    • 9. Physical Demo

    • 10. Finishing Up & Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this fun beginner class, you'll learn how to make your very own handmade chevron friendship bracelets step by step using embroidery floss, which is inexpensive and comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors. (You can also use other materials too, such as pearl cotton needlepoint thread, hemp or yarn; see the materials list in the Project Description in the "Your Project" section for more possibilities.)

We'll first learn two simple knots, the forward knot and the backward knot, and then we'll use these knots to make a colorful 8-string friendship bracelet in this popular beginner pattern that is both stylish and visually striking. We'll also learn several different pattern variations featuring regular chevrons, alternating chevrons, and mixed patterns (regular chevrons combined with alternating chevrons in the same bracelet).

I'll start with the absolute basics and cover all the steps in detail using both animated PowerPoint diagrams and physical demos, so no previous experience is necessary. However, you may still find it helpful to take my first two classes on regular and reverse candy stripe bracelets first, to gain more practice with each knot before you use them both at once in the same bracelet. Here are the class links:

Class #1: Regular Candy Stripe Bracelets and the Forward Knot

Class #2: Reverse Candy Stripe Bracelets and the Backward Knot

Here's what we'll cover in this class:

  • Materials needed (most of which you probably already have; see list in Class Project section)
  • Measuring and folding the strings to start the bracelet
  • Making a loop for the closure
  • Attaching the strings to a clipboard or other flat surface to use as a knotting workstation
  • Making the forward knot and the backward knot, shown first with just 2 strings
  • Using the forward knot and the backward knot with all 8 strings on the clipboard, string by string, to create the bracelet, including the differences in the process for regular, alternating, and mixed patterns
  • Making a braided tie to finish off the bracelet
  • Attaching your new bracelet to your wrist

If you're eager to join me in this exciting project for grown-ups and children alike, click the Play button, and let's get started!

More About Friendship Bracelets:

This colorful folk art jewelry form originated with the indigenous cultures of Latin America (including parts of North, Central, and South America, and especially Guatemala) and is currently popular worldwide with all ages.

These simple wrist adornments in bold colors and patterns make great DIY accessories for the hippie boho chic fashion styles that are currently in vogue, and are a fun, easy and affordable way to spice up your wardrobe. These bracelets are also great crafts to make with kids.