BASIC LOOPS || Friendship Bracelets

BASIC LOOPS || Friendship Bracelets

Hello everyone, my name is Masha Knots
and today I’m going to teach you how to make single-colored and double-colored
loops. I want to preface this by saying that though this is a tutorial for
beginners, I do expect that you already know how to make the basic knots. If you
don’t – I have a separate video on that. It’s gonna be linked in the description
and in the card. So let’s get into it! So not every pattern works for loops. You
can’t make a loop for every single pattern. Because when you’re making a
loop, you’re folding the string to create the loop. And when you’re doing that –
you’re essentially creating two strings out of one because of the two ends of
the string. So if you want to make a loop you have to first check that your
pattern works, and your pattern will work if you have an even number of strings
for every color. So this is the pattern that I’ve chosen for my single-colored
loop and as you can see on the pattern I’ve got four strings of the A color,
four strings of the B, four strings of the C and four strings of the D color. So
each of my colors has an even number of strings to it. As I require four strings
of each color – I need to cut two strings, because then I’m gonna fold them in a
loop and create four ends – four strings out of those two longer strings. So these
are the colors that I chose for my bracelet and if you want to use the same
colors they’re going to be labeled from one to four from left to right and
referenced in the description. So you’re gonna cut however many strings your
pattern requires. My pattern requires two strings of each color so I’m going to
cut two meters of each string and then I’ve selected the purple string to be
the string that I make the loop with and I’m going to cut an extra 15 centimetres
of the purple string for one of the purple strings. Since I have two of each
color – one of them is going to be just 2 meters, one of them is going to be 2
meters and 15 centimeters. Once you’ve cut your string you fold it in half and
you make sure that all the ends line up on the other side, apart from of course
the string that is extra long that you cut for the loop. So you got to make sure
you remember which side the long string is on – for me it’s this side, and then
looking back at the top of the loop – my longest string is on this side, so I’m
going to start the loop here and finish it here. So taking into consideration
where I want to start my loop I’m going to start it here.
I’m gonna unfold the string on this position and I’m going to secure it here onto my
workspace. So once you’ve secured your string onto your workplace – you’re gonna
separate the string that you want to make the loop with – for me it’s this
longer purple one, and you’re going to start off by making forward-backward
knots onto the entire strand and once again, I’m going to do a quick recap but
the full video on knots is linked in the card and in the description. So a
forward-backward knot is half of a forward knot and the other half as a
backward knot and you’re literally just going to be doing forward-backward knots
with this one string onto the entire strand This is the entire process of making the
loop. So you continue doing forward backward knots onto the entire strand
until the loop reaches your desired length And again, you can always stop at
any point to check the length of your loop and I feel like mine is already
long enough at this point. So this is what this type of loop looks like in a
close-up. So onto the double-coloured loop the same exact thing goes for the
double-coloured loop. You can only use patterns that have an even number of
strings per color. So this is the pattern that I’ve chosen and I can check that
all of the colors that I’ve shown in this pattern have an even number of
strings. So there’s 2 for A, 2 for B, 2 for C and so on. I’ve got 2 strings of every
color in this pattern which means I can make a loop for it.
So as I’ve got 2 strings per color, I only need to cut one longer string which
I’m then gonna fold to create the loop. These are the colors that I’ve chosen
for my bracelet and as always, you can use whatever colors that you like but if
you want to use these specific colors they’re labeled from 1 to 8 from left to
right and they’re gonna be referenced in the description. So since I’m doing a
loop, I’m gonna double the length of each string. So I’m going to cut each string
about 2 meters long and the strings that I’ve selected to do the loop – and for
this one I’ve selected 2 – I’ve got this one and this one. These two strings I’ve
selected to be the colors of the loop. I’m going to add 10 centimeters for each
of those strings. So 2 meters and 10 centimeters for these ones and just 2
meters for the rest of them. Once you’ve cut your string, you want to fold it in
half and you want to make sure that all the ends meet at a point, except the two
long ends that meet at a different point. You want the two longer ends to be on
the same side of the loop. So this is the side that has the longer ends in my case,
so I want the loop to start somewhere here and finish somewhere here. So I’m
going to take this point, I’m gonna unfold the string and I’m going to secure it
onto my work space at the point where I want my loop to start. So now that you
have your strings secured on your work space, you’re going to separate the two
strings that are longer for you. So I have this red and this blue
string, I cut them longer than the rest, so I’m going to separate those two.
You’re going to select one of those strings, it doesn’t matter which one
at this moment – I’m gonna choose the red one, and you’re gonna put the other one
off to the side. You’re going to do a forward-backward knot with your string
onto the entire strand in the middle. So a forward backward knot is half of a
forward knot and half of a backward knot. So I do the first half of a forward knot. And the second half as a backward knot. Now that I’ve done that for the first
color, I’m going to put this string aside and I’m going to grab the second string,
which is the blue one. As you can see, the blue string lies on top of the red
string as I bring it forward and I’m gonna do the same thing – a forward-backward
knot onto the entire strand. So there you go, you can start seeing the
loop forming up there. So now we’ve done the blue one, we’re gonna bring the red
one back and again, the red one goes on top of the blue one as we bring it
back. And once again, forward-backward knot onto the entire strand. And again, we switch. Bring the blue one
forward, it goes on top of the red one. Forward-backward onto the entire
strand and we continue doing this – switching the string, doing forward-backward knots onto the strand, until the loop reaches the desired length. You may stop at any point
and sort of reposition your loop to check if it’s the desired length
for you and at this moment I do feel like my loop is the length that I want
it to be, so I’m going to detach it from my working space. And there you go! This
is what the loop looks like up close from all angles. And at this point you
can start making your bracelet according to your pattern. If you want, you can also
go in to make the teardrop loop with the teardrop effect of the loop – I have a
separate video on that it’s gonna be linked in the card and in the
description. Or you can go into do triangle ends from each of the sides of
the loop to get a triangle end here and a triangle end here and then go into
your pattern. Again, a separate video on that link is in the description and in the
card. So this was just a basic tutorial to show you how to make multicolored
loops. So before the video finishes I just want to mention a couple of things.
As you guys know if you’ve seen my May wrap-up video, I asked you guys to vote
on patterns that I’m going to be making this month and on a pattern that we all
are going to be making together. So that vote is now over and you have chosen
this pattern to be pattern of the month so go ahead, make this pattern with
whatever color combinations that you like, take a picture of it and post it on
instagram with the #MashaKnotsAndSoDoI and tag me in the photo
if you want to be featured in the next wrap-up video. I’m really looking forward
to see what you guys will create for this month’s challenge! I’m also going to
be participating in the challenge so keep your eyes out for that. Another
thing that I quickly want to mention is that one of my subscribers called Casper
has created a Facebook group for you guys. This group is called Lots of Knots
and in his own words the group is intended for people all over the world
who are interested in bracelets, macrame bracelets, jewelry, plastic lacing and
other knot-tying crafts. The group is intended as a place to share pictures of
finished products, share patterns, get encouragement on works in progress, get
help on different issues, get feedback, ask questions and just interact with one
another. I think this is a great initiative and a great place for all of
us to gather together, so I’m going to leave the link to this group down in the
description if you want to join. So there you have it – that’s how you make loops of
single and of double colors. As I said, this video is more of an introduction
for beginners if you want to look in further on how to start your bracelets, I
have more tutorials available. They will be linked in the description and in the
card. I hope this tutorial was helpful for you in some way. Maybe you learned
something new. And if you ever make anything based on any of my videos, I
always love to see you guys creations so tag me in a post on Instagram or maybe
send me a direct message, I always love seeing your guys’ pictures. Thank you all
for watching, I post videos every Tuesday and Saturday and I will see you on
Saturday, bye!


  1. Sorry, but not quite right. You could have an even number of strings, but if they’re not split evenly across the middle, no good.

    For example, abba would work for a loop, but aabb would not. Abcddcba would work, abccddba would not.

  2. Is it possible to make these loops on a "knitted like" bracelet? I really like the way it looks especially if you use a gradiant of colors. I'm not a fan of triangle patterns.

  3. hi, quick question i do hope you reply because it’s important. after you do the loop, do you do the triangle thingy you were talking about or do you knot it? i have experimented on my own with knotting it but i would like to learn how to not have a knot. also, do you have a tutorial on how to read those patterns?

  4. AHHH you made this video awhile ago but i just started doing friendship bracelets. i’m so grateful you’ve made this video, when everyone else did the loop video i was so confused but since i learned how to do a chaveron (hopefully i spelled that right) i knew you would have something helpful. aaaa thank you so much, you’re so good at explaining everything unlike a lot of youtubers.

  5. when you get 3 minutes into the video and realize you havnt actually been listening then have to start over

    edit: OMG thanks for all the likes uwu

  6. I'm not sure if this has been asked but about how long would you say you typically make the loop? It looks to be around a cm to a cm and a half? I'm having trouble keeping up with where the middle of my strings are when I unfold it to mark the spot where I start the loop.

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