- The main elements of reading a friendship bracelet pattern are- the number of strings, string arrangement, rows, knots, and knot signs.
- There are four main knot types- forward, backward, forward-backward & backward- forward.
- The chart has the design explained in lucid detail, and with it, you’ll be able to understand the pattern by seeing it.
Friendship bracelet patterns are all about making intricate knots. There are endless patterns for making bracelets. Once you learn to make the basic knots, you should learn how to read the friendship bracelet patterns.
Even though the designs look a bit tricky to read, it’s easier than you think. In this article, I’ll show you how to read friendship bracelet patterns along with different types of bracelet patterns. Shall we begin?
Table of Contents
- 1 What Are The Main Types Of Friendship Bracelet Patterns?
- 2 How Do You Read Friendship Bracelet Pattern Sheets? Elements That Help You Read The Pattern
- 3 What Are The Primary Knots Used In Friendship Bracelet Patterns?
- 4 How To Read A Friendship Bracelet Pattern? A Step-By-Step Guide
- 5 How To Read Friendship Bracelet Patterns FAQs
- 6 Did You Learn To Read Friendship Bracelet Patterns?
What Are The Main Types Of Friendship Bracelet Patterns?
While there are numerous friendship bracelet patterns, the primary ones are the normal and the alpha patterns.
- The Normal Pattern: If a bracelet has diagonal knots or if the bracelet knots move in a diagonal direction, then it’s a normal pattern bracelet.
- Alpha Bracelet Patterns: Bracelets made with horizontal knots are called alpha-patterned bracelets. On a chart, the alpha bracelets look like a grid.
How Do You Read Friendship Bracelet Pattern Sheets? Elements That Help You Read The Pattern
To read a friendship bracelet pattern, you first need to know about the elements in a particular bracelet. Mentioned below are the main elements or parts of a friendship bracelet pattern.
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The preview image has a completed picture of how the bracelet will look once it’s complete on top of the chart. The preview image shows the ideal color combinations and in what order you should use the colors. It’s not necessary to follow the same color combinations; you can swap the colors as per your liking.
Below the preview image, you’ll find the number of strings labeled with letters. There is a specific letter for each string. But if there are two strings of the same color, they will be labeled with the same letter.
For example, in the above picture, there are 7 gray strings, and all are labeled as A. Similarly, the three green strings are named B, and the two yellow strings are named C.
You must notice the order of the strings as well. In the above pattern, the strings are arranged as AAABACABACAB. So if you make the same pattern bracelet, you must follow the same order to replicate the design.
The numbered lines you can see on both sides of the pattern are called rows.
The circles with arrow marks symbolize knots. The arrows indicate the direction or type of knot. The bent edges of the even number rows mean that the outer edges of the strings are not used.
Please note that there are bracelets with odd and even numbers of strings. There are knots in each even number row for bracelets with even numbers of strings. But there are usually fewer knots in odd number rows.
When you reach the end of the chart, your threads should be in the same color order as you started. All bracelet patterns usually repeat the entire pattern once more; hence, to start all over again in the same order, you must line up the strings as you started.
If the pattern does not come out like that, it means you may have made some mistakes in the process.
These are the primary elements in all friendship bracelet patterns that will help you read the number of threads used, the order in which they were used, and the number of patterns, knots, etc.
What Are The Primary Knots Used In Friendship Bracelet Patterns?
In the previous section, I discussed the elements of a bracelet, but knots are another important part of a bracelet design. Therefore, to read bracelet bracelets, you must know about the knot types too.
There are usually four main types of knots- forward, backward, forward-backward, and backward-forward. Each of these knots has hitches or half-knots.
- Forward Knot- Combination of two forward hitches.
- Backward Knot- Combination of two backward hitches.
Forward Backward Knot
- Forward-Backward Knot- Combination of a forward hitch and backward hitch.
Backward forward knot
- Backward- Forward Knot- Combination of a backward hitch and forward hitch.
Click here to see how to make these knots.
How To Read A Friendship Bracelet Pattern? A Step-By-Step Guide
Now you’re aware of the fundamentals of reading friendship bracelet patterns. Let’s understand this better with an example.
You can pick any design like chevron, braided, spiral staircase design, etc., and then gather the required material. Usually, you’ll only need threads, a pair of scissors, and tape to secure it.
Step 1: Cut approximately 36 inches of thread in each color. The thread length could vary depending on the wrist size.
Step 2: Tie an overhand knot with all the threads leaving a few inches extra.
Step 3: Secure the tail of the thread using masking tape and attach it to a clipboard.
Step 4: Check how the strings are arranged in the chart and arrange them in the same order.
Step 5: Start making the pattern following the chart. Make one row at a time and follow the knots as indicated and tie them accordingly. Keep following as indicated till you reach the end of all the patterns.
Here is a video that’ll guide you better in reading friendship bracelet patterns.
How To Read Friendship Bracelet Patterns FAQs
- What Does A Down Arrow Mean In A Friendship Bracelet Pattern?
The down arrow means either a forward knot or a backward knot. If the arrow is directed to the right side, it’s a forward knot; when it’s directed to the left or the opposite side, it means a backward knot.
- What Do Colors Mean In Friendship Bracelets?
Friendship bands come in versatile colors like red, pink, yellow, blue, green, white, black, etc. Each color has a special significance. For example, red represents passion and good luck, yellow represents friendliness, and so on.
- What Is The Easiest Friendship Bracelet Pattern?
The three braided, alternate knot, spiral staircase bracelet patterns are one of the easiest to make. You only need a few colorful threads, a pair of scissors, and tape to make these. Besides, even beginners can quickly learn to make these types of knots.
Did You Learn To Read Friendship Bracelet Patterns?
That was everything you needed to know about reading friendship bracelet patterns. Beginners often think reading patterns will be complicated, but as you can see, it’s pretty simple. You only have to take note of the primary elements and the kind of knots used in making the bracelet.
The chart has everything explained, following which you can easily make any kind of friendship bracelet pattern.