Friendship Bracelets

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Skill level: Easy

Friendship bracelets are fun to make, wear or sell. You can make them in your favorite colors or school colors. We looked into our archives to bring back the pattern for this "retro" classic.


J. & P Coats® Embroidery Floss or J. & P. Coats® Craft Thread

One skein of each color. Tip: It's easiest to learn using four different colors.

Transparent tape or safety pin

Use to hold strands of floss in place as you work.


Width: Bracelet can be made wider by increasing the number of strands of floss. The more strands you use the wider the bracelet will be.

Color: By changing the color of the strands, you can create different designs.

What You Can Make: Ankle bracelets, rings, necklaces, belts and head bands.


Cut one yard of embroidery floss for each color in your bracelet. Arrange the strings in the order you want the colors to alternate in your bracelet.

Tie the strings together with an overhand knot, leaving a 2" tail at the top. Tape it to a table or pin it to your jeans.

Pick up strand A and wrap it over and under strand B to make a knot

Tighten the knot by holding strand B and pulling strand A up.

Make a second knot with strand A over strand B; pull strand A tight.

Drop strand B; pick up strand C. Make 2 knots with strand A over strand C. Repeat on strand D. Strand A will now be on the right.

One row had been completed. Continue next row by making 2 knots with strand B over strand C, D, and A. With each row, the strand on the left is always "worked over" to the right.

Four rows are completed. Continue until bracelet is desired length.

Hint: You can always tell the right side of your bracelet because the rows will slant to the right.


When your bracelet fits your wrist, finish off by tying the strings together with an overhand knot. Then tie it on your wrist or ankle with a square knot (right over left and left over right). Cut the strings, leaving 5/8" tails.

ABBREVIATIONS: beg = begin(ning); ch = chain; inc = increase; lp = loop; rep = repeat; rnd = round; sc = single crochet; sl st = slip stitch; st(s) = stitch(es); yo = yarn over; [ ] = work directions given in brackets the number of times specified.

Pattern © by Coats & Clark Inc. Reproduced with permission from Coats & Clark Inc. is not endorsed by Coats & Clark Inc. It is not permissible to contract production of projects made from designs published by Coats & Clark to a third party for sale or distribution.