How to Do a Heart Design for a Friendship Bracelet

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How to Do a Heart Design for a Friendship Bracelet
Marisa Lynch

Create a little Valentine’s Day flair for your own wrist or the wrists of your BFFs with this friendship bracelet DIY!

Project Materials
Marisa Lynch

Project Materials

In order to create your heart friendship bracelet, you'll need: 2 skeins of embroidery floss, 4 30" strands per color, a pair of scissors, and a clipboard or tape to hold the bracelet in place while working.

Knot Strings Together
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Knot Strings Together

Take the eight strands of embroidery floss and tie them together in a knot leaving about an inch and a half of floss above the knot. (This will be used to tie the bracelet together at the end.) Tape the knot down to the workspace or use a clipboard to keep the bracelet in place while working.

Space Out Strands
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Space Out Strands

Lay out the eight strands and split them up (four and four) onto the right side and left side of the workspace. Alternate colors (in this case - blue, red, blue, red) on the left side and then mirror these four on the right side (in this case - red, blue, red, blue).

Forward Knot Starting on the Left Side
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Forward Knot Starting on the Left Side

Begin the bracelet on the left side by making a forward knot using the strand all the way on the left outer end (blue) and the second strand right next to it (red). (See next slide for forward knot breakdown.)

Forward Knot Instructions
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Forward Knot Instructions

To create a forward knot, make a 4 with the working string, loop it under the other string, pull it through the opening and bring it to the top of the bracelet. Do this two times to create one forward knot.

Complete Forward Knots on Left Side
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Complete Forward Knots on Left Side

Repeat this step with the next two strands (third and fourth threads, corresponding blue and red colors) and stop at the center.

Backward Knot Starting on the Right Side
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Backward Knot Starting on the Right Side

Now that the left side has been completed, these same steps will be mirrored on the right side of the bracelet. Instead of a forward knot that was used on the left side, a backward knot will be made using the strand all the way on the right outer end (blue) and the second strand right next to it (red). (See next slide for backward knot breakdown.)

Backward Knot Instructions
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Backward Knot Instructions

To create a backward knot, which is virtually a mirror of the forward knot on the right side, make a backwards 4 with the working string, loop it under the other string, pull it through the opening, and bring it to the top of the bracelet. Do this two times to create one backward knot.

Complete Backward Knots on Right Side
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Complete Backward Knots on Right Side

Repeat this step with the next two strands (third and fourth threads, corresponding blue and red colors) and stop at the center.

Connect Center Strands with Backward Knot
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Connect Center Strands with Backward Knot

Connect the two middle strands by creating a backward knot using the strand on the right (the last one used). This brings both sides together as one.

Two Completed Rows
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Two Completed Rows

Repeat steps 4-10 and create one more row in the exact same way, using the outermost string on each side.

First (Backward) Knot of NEW Row on Left Side
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First (Backward) Knot of NEW Row on Left Side

Now that the second row is completed (we’ll call these the REGULAR rows as they will look like a traditional chevron styled friendship bracelet), the third row is going to be done a little differently (we’ll call these the NEW rows). Take the second string on the left side (red) and make a backward knot on the first string (blue).

Forward Knots to Finish NEW Row on the Left
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Forward Knots to Finish NEW Row on the Left

After the backward knot is completed, move the string that was used (second string in red) to the top left side and create two more forward knots using the first string (blue) on the third and fourth strings and stop at the center. This is where the heart shape begins to take form.

First (Forward) Knot of NEW Row on Right Side
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First (Forward) Knot of NEW Row on Right Side

This same step will be mirrored for the right side. Take the second string on the right side (red) and make a forward knot on the first string (blue).

Backward Knots to Finish NEW Row on the Right
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Backward Knots to Finish NEW Row on the Right

After the forward knot is completed, move the string that was used (second string in red) to the top right side and create two more backward knots using the first string (blue) on the third and fourth strings and stop at the center.

Connect Center Strands with Backward Knot
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Connect Center Strands with Backward Knot

Connect the two middle strands by creating a backward knot using the strand on the right (the last one used). This brings both sides together as one.

Create a Second NEW Row
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Create a Second NEW Row

Repeat steps 12-16 and create one more NEW row in the exact same way, using the second string on each side.

Completed Hearts
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Completed Hearts

The bracelet pattern is now set. Two REGULAR rows of the basic forward knots on the left side and backward knots on the right side followed by two NEW rows of the backward/forward knots on the left side and forward/backward knots on the right side. Repeat and continue these steps until enough bracelet has been made to fit your wrist.

Trim the Excess Strings
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Trim the Excess Strings

Trim the excess strings from the end of the bracelet.

V-Day Bracelet Party!
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V-Day Bracelet Party!

Time to layer these friendship bracelets with bangles! You've got an arm party just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

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