With the weather warming up, all I want to do is make summery bracelets – for myself and all of my friends. For the past few weeks I’ve been playing with rope and chain in attempt to make the “perfect” friendship bracelet, and I think that these come close. They are fun and easy to make, though it takes a bit of practice and patience at first. Over the weekend, I made several – and the whole family was infatuated. My mom + sisters got involved, and now we’re all rocking an arm party. Give it a try. Wear one, three, or a whole arm of them! (If you ask me, they’d look particularly lovely layered with this or this.)
What you’ll need:
- 6 pieces of embroidery floss, cut to 30″ each.
- 2 pieces of chain (I used rose gold,) cut to 4.5″ each. This chain is a good option!
- Large Needle (I used this one, designed for working with rugs!)
The first step is to knot the six pieces of floss together at the top. From there, separate the floss into three groups of two strands, and braid for about 3 inches.
When you finish braiding, tie another knot.
Next, separate the floss into two bunches of three strands. Thread one bunch through your needle, and set aside the other section of floss.
Begin by weaving the first link of both pieces of chain onto your floss. Hold it tightly against the knot (this prevents gaps in the bracelet later,) and weave the floss back through the second link of chain (as demonstrated below.)
From there, keeping the floss held tightly, and keeping the chain links straight (this is very important,) begin weaving through the chain at a diagonal.
Keep the pattern consistent – over one link, and back under through the other. It’s important to keep the chain straight and not let it get tangled.
Continue weaving at a diagonal. When you get to the end, leave the strand. Don’t knot it, just set it aside. Take the second bunch of floss that you’d set aside earlier, and thread it through the needle. Thread it through your chain, and begin weaving at a diagonal – in the opposite direction that you wove with the first group of floss.
Continue to weave, making diagonal stitches across the stitches you made the first time around.
A nice little criss cross pattern will emerge.
Continue to the very end, weaving little criss crosses!
When you get to the very end, tie another knot.
Finish off your bracelet by braiding another two-three inches, and then tie another knot. Make a rainbow of colors for all of your friends + family. Once you’ve made the first one, you’ll be able to churn them out in under 15 minutes. Voila… taste the rainbow!