HOW TO READ ALPHA PATTERNS || Friendship Bracelets

HOW TO READ ALPHA PATTERNS || Friendship Bracelets


Hi my name is Masha Knots and in this
video I’m gonna show you how to make alpha bracelets So this is the pattern
that I ended up choosing for today’s video and if you want to make it
yourself I’m gonna link it down below so you can check that out and if you ever
make anything based on any of my videos I always love to see your creations so
send them over to my Instagram via DMs or just tag me in a post and I’d love to
check it out so differently to normal patterns in which you use all of the
strings combined to create the pattern of the bracelet in alpha bracelets there
are two different types of strings you have the base strings which are unused
and are only used as a base and you have the main string which you then use to
weave onto the base strings and the main strings are the ones that create the
pattern and all the colors when you are creating an alpha bracelet you are
weaving different colors of strings from left to right from right to left along
the base strings it is this process of weaving onto the base strings that
create the pattern if you look at the pattern you can see that it is
essentially a bunch of different pixels a bunch of different dots each of those
dots represents a different color also each of those dots represents a knot. To
determine how many base strings I need to create this bracelet I have to look
at the pattern and count the base strings the base strings are represented
by the threads that are sticking out from the top in my case it’s 14 I can also see from the pattern that the
first couple of rows are made with a dark blue thread so that is what I’m
going to be using for my main string for now. Again looking at my pattern I can
see that it uses a bunch of different colors so I’m going to pick them out now
so I don’t have to worry about it later so here are the colors that I’ve picked
out for my bracelet right now I’m just going to focus on this one as it is the
first one that I’m going to need because it’s a dark blue I’m going to be using
for the background and I’m going to cut the base strings that I need for my
bracelet I have decided that I want the base strings to be the same color as the
background I’m going to be using for my pattern this doesn’t really matter the
base strings are only there for you to weave the colors onto they are only
going to be visible in the ties of the bracelet they’re not going to be visible
in the bracelet itself but I do want the ties to be the same color as the
background of my bracelet so I’m going to use the same color however if you
don’t have enough of the same color or if you want to use a different color
it’s completely up to you and it doesn’t really matter so what I’m gonna do now
is I’m gonna cut 14 strings of this color for them to be my base strings by
the way just because I get this question asked by a lot the threads that I’m
using are by loops & threads and they’re called craft cord and I got them
Michaels in the US while I was there however it doesn’t really matter what
kind of thread you use I’m just using this one because that is what I have so
don’t really worry about it use whatever thread you like and whatever one you
have so when cutting the base string since you’re not going to be actually
using them to make the bracelet so you’re not gonna be weaving this string
it doesn’t have to be super long so I’m just gonna quickly walk you through the
process that I use to determine how long I want to the base strings to be so
you’re going to need to use the base strings for the ties so you need to cut
according to that I’d say I’d use about this much for the tie it is a bit much
you don’t really need the tie to be this long but I like to leave myself a little
extra room just you know has a wiggle room in case something goes wrong and
I’ve run out of string mid bracelet or something I’d like to leave a little bit
extra just in case and since the ties are going to be on both sides I then
double this so I fold it in half to determine how much it’s going to be
twice so that is just for the ties and then you also add however long you think
the bracelet is going to be add string for that as well so I think
this bracelet the longest that bracelet is going to be is this I don’t think
it’s even going to be that long but I like to again give myself a little bit
of wiggle room in case something goes wrong so this is how much I’m going to
cut it’s not that long just remember that you have to have enough for the
bracelet and for the ties so cut however long you think that is so once you’ve
cut your strings what you’re going to do is you’re going to count them you’re
gonna count them and then you’re gonna count them again and them you’re gonna
count them again I cannot tell you how many times I have cut strings I have
started making the bracelet only to realize that I’ve cut not enough or have
cut too many even one string can be so annoying when you’re trying to make an
alpha because it is very important that you use the exact amount that is shown
in the pattern if you are off by even one string that is one extra string one
extra row that you don’t know what to do with and if you don’t put enough that is
one less string and then you can’t make the bracelet fully so counting your
strings is very important so count them and count them again and make sure
you have exactly the amount that you need before you continue making the
bracelet so now that we have the base strings ready it’s time to think about
the main string my main string my first main string is the dark blue the same
color that is this one but I can’t use any of these because these are my base
strings so I have to do a completely separate string so what I like to do
when I have a lot of the color and in this case I do have a lot of this color
because I’m using it for the entire background is I just don’t cut the
string I just use this entire strand obviously folded like this I don’t
unfold it or anything because otherwise it’s gonna get tangled and it’s gonna be
messy but I use this entire strand and I just use that I just don’t cut the
string I’m gonna show you in more detail how to insert that and how do you use
that but for now I’m gonna go ahead and do the ties so as you can see I made a
beginning triangle to start off my bracelet I’m not gonna be showing you
how I did that because otherwise this video would be super long but I made a
separate video on that and it’s gonna be linked in the card and in the
description so you can check it out if you want to make one of these for
yourself so once I’ve done the triangle because that’s what I decided to do this
is the point where I’m going to start making the bracelet and if I look at my
pattern I can see that the first row is just a row
of forward knots with the blue string onto each of the base strings so that is
what I’m going to do So now I finished the first row of my bracelet and looking
back at my pattern I can see that the pattern says that I should do seven rows
of just the blue on to the base strings as the background color but since I’ve
made the triangle beginning to my bracelet I feel like I already have
enough background color so I’m just gonna skip those rows and go straight to
row number eight where the yellow comes in so that’s what I’m gonna do now so
looking at my pattern for row number eight we are going from right to left
since my main string is currently on the right and that is also represented in
the pattern as the knots are going to the left I can see that there are four
knots of the blue string onto the base string then three knots of the yellow
string onto the base string and then the rest of them are blue so what I’m going
to start by doing is I’m going to separate four strings of my base and I’m going to put the rest to the
side and I’m going to make four backward knots with the blue string onto the bass
strings Right so I’ve done four knots with the
blue string onto the base strings what I need to do now just three knots of
yellow but the question is where do I get my yellow string well you have to
weave it in so I’m gonna do now is I’m gonna take this blue string and I’m
gonna put it aside I’m gonna put it underneath the bracelet so it’s not in
the way I’m gonna put it completely underneath and to the side so now my
main string is way over there I’m not going to use it it’s not my main string
anymore I’m gonna put in the yellow string which is now going to be my main
string so these have already been made and focusing on these I’m going to
separate three because that is how many knots I need to make and I’m going to
separate the first one because that is gonna be the one that I’m gonna weave
this string onto since I’m doing a backward knot I like to hold this string
in my right hand and so what I’m gonna do now is I’m just gonna do a regular
backward knot with the yellow string onto the blue string and I’m gonna
carefully tie it so it’s nice and tight so there you go I have a yellow knot a
backward knot with the yellow string onto the blue string but it’s not in the
position that I need it to be obviously I need it to be much higher up so what
I’m gonna do now is I’m just gonna push it up with my nail and then you
carefully position it and you take the end that is in the way and you put it to
the back you would eventually cut that but I like to do that at the
end and then the string is weaved in, you can continue making the bracelet with
this string you might be thinking if we’re putting all these strings at the
back I put this string at the back and the blue one that the back of the
bracelet is gonna turn out sort of weird-looking and you would be right and
with normal bracelets the bracelet looks nice on both sides so with a normal
pattern in the front of the bracelet looks pretty much the same as the back
of the bracelet just you know slightly different obviously you can tell there’s
a bit of a difference but it looks pretty much the same and you can look at
the bracelet at any side and you can see the pattern that is being made and it’s
fine but with alphas if you look at this bracelet this is the front of the
bracelet and you can clearly tell what the pattern is from
the front but if you look at the back it looks really jambled you can’t make
sense of what the pattern is and you can only really view the bracelet from one
side so I’ll leave links to both these patterns below by the way if you want to
make them or whatever but yeah that’s what I’m trying to say is that all of the
stuff at the back of the bracelet is going to be at the back and it’s gonna
look pretty weird like this so you can only really view it from one side so
yeah that’s why you’re putting all of the stuff to the back so now that I’ve
weaved this yellow string in I’m going to do two more backward knots with the
yellow string as my pattern suggests while I’m making these knots I’m gonna
still be very careful because I did just weave the string in it’s not very secure
yet so I’m gonna be very careful and gentle while making these knots so now
that I’ve done these three knots if I look back at my pattern I can see that I
now have to switch back to the blue string so what I’m gonna do now is I’m
gonna do the switch, I’m gonna pick up these turn them back and I’m gonna bring the
blue string that I took out originally back here and put the yellow string back
there even though we can still see that it’s connected to there where we left it
previously we are now able to work with it because we brought it to the front so
what I’m gonna do now I’m gonna zoom you in actually right so what I’m going to
do now is I’m gonna be very careful because as you can see this yellow
string so if I just started weaving now you can see that the yellow string, the end
of the yellow string would have been pushed out to the front I would be able
to see it. We want to avoid that, we don’t want the yellow string to be seen in the
bracelet because that’s the tie of it that’s the end of it we don’t need it
anymore it’s being pushed out because the blue string is pushing it up so
we’re just gonna do we’re gonna change them I’m going to put the yellow string
behind the blue string so that when we pull the blue string it doesn’t push the
yellow string out because the yellow string is behind it I’m hoping that made
sense but what I’m trying to say is that we put the yellow string out of the way
so that the blue string doesn’t interfere with it so it doesn’t push it
out so now if we pull the blue string over
nothing comes out here because we already put the yellow string away from
both sides so what I’m going to do now is I’m going to do a backward knot with
the blue string onto the rest of the strings that are here for this row and
again for the first row for the first knot sorry that I’m going to be making
I’m going to be very careful because I’m pulling the string across three rows so
there are three base strings that I’ve completely ignored with the blue one and
because I’ve made them in yellow so I’m gonna be very careful because I’m
pulling the string over by three rows without actually making the knots and if
I do this too tight I’m going to end up pulling the bracelet too tight together
and it’s going to interfere and it’s gonna make it wonky. So I’m gonna be very
gentle yet firm. I’m not gonna fast forward this so that you can get to see
exactly what I’m doing I might sort of readjust since it’s
the first one again it’s the first knot after a different string color it’s a
bit gentle so I’m gonna be very careful here all right
there you go we’ve successfully changed the string the main string from the
yellow to the blue so I’m just gonna continue with the blue string to the end
of the row as the pattern suggests and then goes the next row Once I get to the end of the row I like
to sort of push the knots a little bit readjust them to make them the way that
I want them to make sure that they’re aligned the way that I want them so
looking at my next row which is the ninth row of this pattern I need to make
six blue knots then five yellow knots and then three more blue knots so I’m
going to separate the six blue knots first I like to separate my threads
first just in case I get carried away so I don’t do extra knots because undoing
knots is a pain alright so just to confirm that there are six I’m going to
do six forward knots with this string before I continue to my next one Alright so now we’ve done the six knots that I needed to do I’m gonna put the
blue string back again since we’re switching the string and I’m going to
separate five strings for the yellow so now I’m gonna bring the yellow string
back down since that is the one that I’m going to be needing and I make sure that
the blue string stays all the way back up again when I bring the string down I
make sure that none of them are intersecting at the back so none of them
are interfering or intersecting with one another it’s fine blue string is all the
way back there the yellow string is here so now that I have the yellow string
back here I’m going to make five forward knots with it because that is what my
pattern told me to do so now that I’m done with the
yellow I’m going to pull it back again and I’m gonna bring out the blue again
carefully making sure that they’re not intersecting in any way that is gonna
be bad for me in a sense that they’re not going pulling on each other and the
last three knots of this row are blue knots So that’s what you do: you look
at your pattern, you identify what knots you need to make you identify what
direction they’re going and you interchange the strings
depending on how the pattern requires it so I’m gonna do a couple more rows and
once I get to my next color I’m going to show you how I introduce another color
into the combination so I’ve done a couple more rows and I’m now on row 20
so now the first couple of knots that I need to do are eight blue knots to the
left so I’m going to do so now that I’ve done the blue knots
I’m gonna put the blue string back because now it’s time for the light blue
string I don’t need too much of this one because there’s not too much that color
I’m gonna use so I’m just gonna cut a little bit of it and I’m gonna weave
this string into the bracelet so again I am doing a backward knot so I’m going to
put the string into my right hand and I’m just gonna do a backward knot with
the light blue string onto the base string and I’m gonna push it up with my
nail and this end I’m gonna insert in the back I’m gonna pull it up so it’s out of
the way so I have two knots I need to make, I’ve made one and then we make a
second one with the same thread and now I put this string into the back again
because I don’t need it anymore for this row and I’m gonna pull the dark blue
string back carefully making sure that none of the strings are interlining
and none of them are pulling on each other and I’m gonna finish this row with the dark blue string and that’s how it’s done that’s how you
read alpha patterns so you go in with the colors that you need to go in with
you weave in extra strings so you weave your string from left to right from
right to left according to your pattern and you add as many colors as you need
by weaving them into the pattern as well and that’s how you do it it’s pretty
simple just do it a couple of times get the hang of it and in no time you’ll be
a pro in creating bracelets so just one more tip for you guys at the end if you
have strings that you don’t need like this and I obviously don’t need anymore
I can just go in and cut it just cut it off just like that so by the end of it
as I showed you in the previous bracelet you’re just gonna have this at the other
side doesn’t look very pretty but it does on this side so don’t worry about
it so yeah I’m just gonna finish this bracelet off now so there you go there’s
my finished alpha bracelet I really love this pattern I think it’s really cute
and if you guys want to make it too it’s links down below in the description and
if you want to learn how to make this triangle beginnings and ends to your
bracelets the video for that is gonna be linked below as well and if you’re
curious this is how the bracelet looks from behind I always like to see how the
bracelets turn out from behind cos it’s kind of interesting how all the threads sort
of align and weave in and out of the bracelet so you can see here that that’s
one of the stars and it pulls all the way over here to the second star that’s
kind of cool and some of them I just cut them and I didn’t pull them up across
but yeah you don’t have to do that you can just just pull them yeah that’s how
my alpha bracelet turned out and I hope you guys learned something new today and
you can make alpha bracelets now if you have any questions or suggestions or
anything leave them in the comments down below I always read all of your comments
and if you ever make anything based on any of my videos I always like to see
you guys creations so send them over to me on Instagram via direct messages or
just tag me in a post thank you guys for watching and I’ll see you in my next
video bye

100 Comments

  1. i’ve tried so many other tutorials on alpha bracelet and literally failed them all. until this video. it helped so much !! thank u 🙂

  2. i’m super late to seeing this video, but i have to say that this is quite possibly the easiest tutorial explaining alpha bracelets. it’s super well explained! thank you so much i feel like i can actually make better bracelets now!!

  3. found your account and i’m so happy i did! i’m just now starting to make bracelets & sell them on my etsy shop. DEFINITELY making this for myself though. much love❤️

  4. Wait, normal bracelet patterns are supposed to look good on both sides? All my patterns look so bad on the back! When am I doing wronggggg

  5. I have seen somewhere that you can put the working string in a plastic egg (like the ones inside surprise eggs) and imo it's so convenient♥️

  6. Couldn't you put all (or most) of the colors you need as base strings, and then they are already there and don't have to be added in?

  7. Очень крутое видео и всё получаеться) Большое спасибо❤️

  8. WOW beautiful I do that graph with crochet bags 😬 I’m going to try this one thank you for sharing I Love 💕 it 😊👌

  9. Ναι δε ξέρω γω εσένα περίμενα τώρα θα σ' δείξω εγώ

  10. Does anyone else have the problem that your knots end up being sort of long ovals and it makes the bracelet really weird? If so how do I fix this

  11. I'm confused on the measuring portion of the video, so I would measure a little for the ties, then double it because the ties would be on both sides. But then add more? In my mind it would be super long but then her bracelet looks shorter than I imagine, i am confusion

  12. This made these patterns so much easier to follow
    I was looking at a cute rose one and the way it had the colors stretched behind them confused me but this made me realize that’s showing where they are when not used between points where they are

  13. I did try this, I ran out of string, so I recommend using a brand new strand, the triangle tutorial was very helpful, so go check it out if you plan on trying this

  14. I tried to make it but I have a problem… instead to make a round/circular sol, I have a horrible oval sun and earth.
    Could you give some suggestions? Thanksss

  15. I’m trying to make some Halloween bracelets and I have only ever made bracelets at camp as a kid— this was INCREDIBLY helpful and very clear!! Thanks so much! 👌🏽👌🏽

  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You don't know how long I've been trying to find a tutorial on how to make alpha pattern bracelets. You explain everything so well with your lovely voice! You've just got yourself a new subscriber! xo from Greece

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