Overlapping Dovetail Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Overlapping Dovetail Friendship Bracelet Tutorial


Hey, everyone! In this video today, I am going to be showing you guys how to make, what I am going to call, the overlapping dovetail friendship bracelet. This pattern is actually one that I found on braceletbook.com and of course, I will link it below for you guys if you want to check it out. But like all other patterns on that website, it shows you how to make the bracelet using pairs of strings, and lately with these patterns I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the bracelets without having to actually make the pairs because I am just so tired of having to take the time to put my strings in pairs of two, make those knots, take the outer strings out and then make new pairs, and do that all over again. With this bracelet, after doing a bit of researching and practicing, I figured out how to make it just like a normal bracelet instead of following it in pairs. It’s actually super easy to make! I was a little surprised. I even did it with a sort of gradient, and I don’t mind it but I think I do prefer when the strings are a little bit more contrasting so that way you can see every single color and how it makes the pattern look the way it does. I’m terrible at naming things just in general. but I call this the overlapping dovetail because it actually looks pretty similar to the actual dovetail friendship bracelet pattern, but it isn’t completely similar in the way that these crosses are, but I think it looks pretty close. I actually really like the name that I chose for this bracelet. Honestly, I think you actually could use more strings and colors than what the pattern provides, but I haven’t done any actual testing for that so I can’t really say whether or not it works, but I imagine as long as you had an even amount of strings it might actually work. But of course for the sake of following the pattern, I’m just going to keep it down to the five colors. So like I said, you will need five colors, and you will be doubling these so that way you have ten strings, but two of them are going to be each of your color. For anyone who is interested, these are the colors I am going to be using today. And one thing you want to note about this bracelet is in whatever order you want these crosses to go in, you want to order your strings in reverse of that. You see how I started with my darker color and it went to my light? It did start with a dark color, but when you skip that it goes from light to dark and because I have totally random colors for this. I did sort of pick an order but I don’t really mind what the order turns out to be because the colors are so random, but if you are going for something with a gradient just make sure you keep that in mind. So like I said, you’re going to have ten strings, and two of them are going to be each of your five colors. You want to lay them in a mirroring pattern like this: So you have 1 2 3 4 5 and then 5 4 3 2 1. First what we are going to do – it’s actually pretty simple – we are going to take our outermost left strand and we are going to do 4 forward knots on our next 4 strands until we get it to the middle. So keep your other 5 off to the side for now, pick up your first string, and do a forward knot onto the next 4 of your strands. And now that we have it in the middle, we are going to move that off to the side just a little bit, and we are going to pay attention to the right side now. So now that we’re on the right side, we want to take our outermost right strand and do 4 backward knots on all 4 of our strands and bring it to the middle. Now that we have our 2 first colors now in the middle and next to each other, you want to take your two middle strands and tie them in a knot. You could do a forward or a backward knot, doesn’t matter because of course they’re the same color. So next we are going to pay attention to the outer edges right here. I’m going to go back to the left side. Take your newest outermost left strand and instead of going to the center, we are actually only going to do forward knots on our first 3 strands, so our middle strand doesn’t even matter right now. And then, once you have that, we’re going to go back to our outermost left side with our newest color, and we are only going to do 2 forward knots on our 2 strings right here. And finally our last step on the left side is doing a forward knot on just our first strand closest to our working strand. Now we are done on our left side, so we can go ahead and kind of just move this out of the way for now, because now we are going to go to the right side and repeat exactly what we did on the left. But of course we’re going to mirror it so we are going to take our outermost right strand and we are going to do backward knots on our very first 3 strands. Now that we have that, we’re going to come back to our right side again and this time we are only going to do backward notes on our first 2 strands. Then, our last step on this side: we are going to take our newest outermost right strand yet again and do backward knots on just this first strand. Now that we have that finished, we are actually going to take our outer strands on our left and right side and we are just going to pick them up, throw them off to the side, because we will not be knotting onto them on this step. It just makes it easier to kind of throw them out of the way so that way you know that you won’t have to knot onto them. So we are going to focus on our 2 middle strands right here, and I always like to start on the left. You can start on the right if you want to and then do the left side, because like I said before this is a mirroring pattern, but I just like to start on the left, so that’s what I’m going to teach. But we are going to take our center strand that is more on the left side and we are going to do backward knots on all 3 of these strands right here. So go ahead and take that strand and bring it over to the other side by doing 3 backward knots. And then we’re going to repeat the same thing on the right side. Take this center strand and do forward knots on all 3 of your strands. And now we can actually go ahead and even take these 2 outer strands and move those off to the side as well because we won’t be knotting onto them for this next step. So now you should only have your 3 middle colors sitting here, and what we want to do first is take our 2 center strands and tie them into a knot. Now, take our first middle strand that is closer to the left side and we are going to do 2 backward knots on both of these strands right here. And then once you have that, you probably guessed it. We are going to take our center strand closest to the right and do 2 forward knots. Now that we have that we’re going to take our 2 new inner strands and we are going to tie a knot again. Then, starting on the left, we’re going to take that center strand and we are actually only going to do 1 backward knot this time onto the string next to it. Then again, on the other side, take our center strand and do a forward knot on the string next to it. Once we have that, for this step all we are going to do is just tie our two new center strings together. And that is technically the end of the pattern! You would just start from the very beginning, but this time your colors are in different places, and they are going to continue to change throughout this bracelet of course until you get to the first color again, then it’ll start over. But your colors are going to always be changing. So you just start from the beginning! Go ahead and take your new outer strands, bring them to the center, and then do your left side what we did before, then do the right side, take your middle strands, and kind of bring them outwards to close up this little section up here, and then we do this tiny little half (sort of) diamond shape, and then you just keep going and going. And that’s how you make this wonderful looking bracelet! I absolutely love this bracelet, and I’m so glad that I found a really quick way to make it that I can share with you guys of course. So this is a very simple bracelet and I really hope you guys enjoyed this video for today. Thank you all so much for watching this video, and I will see you in the next one!

28 Comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to make a dovetail bracelet but didint want such a big chunky bracelet on my wrist so thank you! Definitely making this now

  2. Thank you so much for your help. Your videos have helped me tremendously in crocheting and in friendship bracelet making!🙂

  3. 3:21 (use it if you want it’s where she starts explains the bracelet i’m putting it here for myself but yeah)

  4. Before I start this tutorial, I was wondering if the length of the strings differ. For example, will some lengths run out faster than others or vice versa?

  5. Thank you so much for making this! I absolutely loved it! I usually have a hard time understanding these types of videos, but you did an excellent job.

  6. Es muy bonita, pero no sé cuantos centímetros de medida tiene cada color. Gracias por tu vídeo desde España, espero que puedas ayudarme. Un saludo.

  7. I have made this for myself and an anklet for my friend! Thank you so much I love your channel and I’m so excited to make the diverting wishbone bracelet, I’m 14 almost 15 and this helps me de stress so much thank you and continue to make videos ♥️🥰

  8. Overlapping Dovetail

    5 colors, fold in half and make a loop. Make mirror image. Do segment knotting(how you make a chevron or candy stripe)

    Left side: all forward knots with outer string.

    Right side: all backward knots with outer string. Take middle strands and do backward knots.

    Left side: forward knots with outer string only on three strings. Then, take new outer string, and do forward knots only on two strings. Finally, take new outer string and do forward knots only on one string.

    Right side: Do the exact same thing, only instead of backward knots, you do forward knots.

    Note: Take out outer strands now.

    Left side: Take middle strand, and do backward knots on the rest of the strands on the left side.

    Right side: Take middle strand, and do forward knots on the rest of the strands on the left side.

    Note: Take the new outer strands out now(do not bring back old outer strands).

    Take middle strands, and tie them in a backward knot.

    Left side: Take left middle strand, and do backward knots on the rest of the strands on the right side.

    Right side: Take right middle strand, and do forward knots on the rest of the strands on the right side.

    Take middle strands and tie them in a backward knot.

    Note: Take out new outer strands out now(do not bring back old outer strands).

    Left side: Take left middle strand, and do one backward knot on the left strands.

    Right side: Take right middle strand, and do one forward knot on the right strands.

    Tie middle strands with backward knot.

    Bring back all outer strands and repeat instructions until bracelet is desired length.

    I'm doing this for a newspaper article, so hope this helped.

  9. Hi. I was wondering if you took suggestions for patterns to show? Because I found I really pretty one and I cant figure out the way to do it just by looking at it. Thank you!

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