How to Make a Chinese Good Luck String Bracelet

In Chinese culture, red is the color of luck. Combine red with the Chinese staircase knot and you have a Chinese good luck bracelet. You can keep the luck for yourself, or use it as a friendship bracelet and give someone else some good luck. The staircase knot is made by knotting one string over the other strings, which causes the bracelet to twist and resemble a staircase, giving it its name.

Yarn can be used instead of string.

Step 1

Cut red string into four, 14-inch-long pieces. Tie the strings together about 1 inch from one end, using a simple knot.

Step 2

Clip the strings to a clipboard, or pin them to a pillow with a safety pin.

Step 3

Grasp the right strand and pass it under the other two strands, leaving enough string loose to form a small loop on the right side. Bring the strand over the top of the other strands and into the small loop. Pull the string tightly to form a knot.

Step 4

Continue to work Step 2 until you reach the end of the strings, or until the bracelet is as long as you want it.

Step 5

Tie a knot at the end, and cut off the string about 1 inch from the knot. When you are ready to wear the bracelet, tie it onto your wrist.