“Vertical Wave” Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

“Vertical Wave” Friendship Bracelet Tutorial


Hey, everyone! In this video today, I’m going to be showing you guys how to make the vertical wave friendship bracelet. It’s kind of like the candy wave’s younger sibling, almost, because the pattern works in about the same way that the candy wave does, but in my opinion this bracelet is way easier to make, and I actually got inspired to do the variegated yarn here from Masha Knots on YouTube. I discovered her channel like a couple weeks ago and I absolutely loved her videos. I did actually watch her video on how to make this bracelet, and while she does have a tutorial on this – and while a lot of other YouTubers probably have videos on this bracelet – I did want to make it a little bit different, and I wanted to cater this video a little bit more towards people who are still really new at making friendship bracelets, because I don’t know about you guys, but I think candy stripes and chevrons get really boring really fast haha. They are nice, but I love how this pattern looks so intricate, yet I think anyone who is very new with friendship bracelets can learn how to make this. This video is going to have a bit of a slower speed to it, so if you aren’t really interested in that for this video Then I of course suggest you go watch Masha’s video, or I guess anybody else’s for that matter, but I did want to slow this one down a little bit today and hopefully I can do that justice for you guys. And I do think the variegated thread looks super cool with this pattern specifically, especially when you have super contrasting colors, like here I did complementary colors and I think it turned out absolutely amazing. So if you guys want to learn how to make this bracelet then go ahead and keep on watching! So the first (and of course probably the most important) thing you will need for a friendship bracelet obviously is the thread. For hose of you who are really just starting out I wanted to buy this pack of thread because, sure, DMC is a great brand and the thread looks much more soft than these ones do – if you can kind of tell, the strands and this embroidery floss are twisted together, whereas the DMC brand is much more soft and the strands don’t really intertwine with each other. So these threads can pull apart. I bought this pack at Walmart for only $10 and it comes with quite a nice selection of thread actually. I love that it gives you a bunch of black and white skeins as well. Now, is DMC thread going to be better than Walmart thread? I would say, honestly, they are all really nice threads to work with. I honestly don’t believe that one brand is better than the other. Now, would I use this with DMC thread as well to make a bracelet? That I’m not so sure of just because both threads are going to vary in thickness, like, just the tiniest bit. Then of course you are going to need a pair of scissors. Any kind will do – you don’t need anything this fancy. I honestly got these 40% off at Hobby Lobby because it is in the shape of a bird and I really like birds, so this is the only reason why I bought those scissors haha. But I absolutely love how tiny they are and they can cut thread pretty well. Then of course you are going to need a flat surface with either a piece of tape, safety pin, or my favorite method is the clipboard. I glued down some felt onto it just because I like when the strings kind of have something to “stick to” I guess while I’m working with it, and a clipboard is super cheap. I bought this for probably a dollar. But of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with using tape. If you do use tape though, I do not recommend using washi tape because it is not sticky whatsoever. So make sure you do stay away from that at least! But that is all you need for this bracelet. So for starters how many strings do you need and how long do they need to be. The reason I Think this bracelet is perfect for beginners is because you can use as many strings as you want for this bracelet. I used a total of ten strings and the thickness honestly isn’t too bad. But for this one I used eight in total and that is a pretty good number for me personally. I tend to gravitate towards the thinner bracelets, but of course the amount you use is totally up to you. You can use an even number, you can use an odd number, whatever you want to use. We need base strands and then we want our two colors, and the really wonderful thing about the base strands is that they’re actually going to be as big as your wrist is, plus the extra inches you need to make the ties at the end so really quick, I’m going to crack open this tube and pick out my colors. One thing to note really fast is your base strands can seriously be any color that you want them to be. Like for this one, I made my base strings black to knot onto, but of course keep in mind your tails are going to show whatever color you used. I actually did orange underneath this bracelet here and of course that doesn’t really match very well, but at the same time when you’re wearing a bracelet. people are only going to see the pattern and, really, they’re not going to pay attention to the inside of your wrist. So because I have so much white and black, I’m actually going to go ahead and just pick… let’s go for white, and then for the sake of the tutorial I’m going to do super contrasting colors just so that way it makes it easier for you guys to see. One thing I will say that I don’t like about these cheap brands is that the paper on these comes off very easily and it can be very frustrating to work with the skein. So I’m just gonna go with these two contrasting pink colors, even though I already have a pink bracelet right here haha. And to measure our base strings, like I said, it is going to be as big as your wrist is. So you just want to take the thread and wrap it around your wrist, very loosely, and then just pull it out a little bit. So that way – You know what? I’m gonna use black so that it doesn’t blend in with my clipboard so much. So like I was saying you want to make it as big as your wrist, but you also want to leave a pretty large amount left over just so that way you have enough strings left over for your ties. So I don’t have a good measurement for this, of course; everyone’s wrist is going to be a different size, so just measure off of yours and it’ll work out perfectly. The string does look very short but I promise it works. Like I said, you can use any amount that you want, but I am going to stick to six base strings because we are going to have two extra strings from our working strings, so I want to have six base strings. So go ahead and, not even perfectly at all, just match up your threads and cut as many as you want. If you want to follow along, I am going to be cutting off six pieces All right, and now that I have my six strings, I’m going to go ahead and put this color away because we do not need it anymore. And another thing that is really great for beginner levels with this bracelet is that we don’t even have to measure these strings at all. I actually got this idea from Masha as well, just to give her credit, but we are actually going to tie our working strands onto our base strands and we are going to keep this attached the whole way through and on the skein like this with the paper. It does get a little bit annoying to work with and I prefer using bobbins if I ever work attached to something, but even if your paper does end up falling off like I’m sure mine will eventually, it’s still pretty easy to work with. Just be very careful that you don’t get your threads tangled because even though it’s easy to fix, it’s just a pain in the butt that we really don’t want to deal with. So go ahead and pull out just a little bit and we are just going to attach it straight on to our strands like this. Then we are going to take our strands and tie a very loose knot – can’t stress that enough – make sure it is very loose and make sure that your tail is pretty long, especially if you accounted for that, it’ll be fine but leave a pretty good-sized tail so that way we can make our braided ends later on, then tape it down, clip it down, whatever method you chose, go ahead and secure it. Then we can get started on this bracelet. Now, whichever side you want your colors to be on is up to you and your preference. It’s going to look pretty neat either way, but I’m just going to go ahead and leave it like that. And then we want to take our base strands and lay them out, just so that way we can see everything and know exactly what order we want to knot in. Even though they are all the same color, it doesn’t really matter what order they’re in, but I think laying it out just helps to see it a little more visually. What we want to do now is take one of our colors and just kind of throw it off to the side because we are only going to knot onto our base strands. We don’t want to knot onto our colors whatsoever throughout this pattern, so I want to start with my color on the left side. Technically you could start on the right if you want it to but for tutorial sake, of course, I’m going to start on the left. So I am putting my right color out of the way for now. Just act like it’s not even there and focus only on these strands. What we want to do is make forward knots on every single one of these strands and get our color from the left side to the right, and I won’t totally explain how to do a forward and backward knot. There are a lot of videos out there explaining how to do that, but I will still show you. We are going to take our very first strand next to our color and we are going to knot on top of this. So to make our forward knot, you make a shape of a four and you are going to put that thread through that loop underneath these strands, pull it through, and you want to do that twice to complete one full forward knot. Now that we have that finished we can actually take this base strand and move it off to the side and pick up our next strand right here and do the same thing. We are going to make a shape of a four and cross underneath these and pull that through to make a forward knot. Make sure you do that twice to make one complete forward knot and then take this working strand and bring it off to the side and repeat that on all the rest of our strings. So again, forward knot, that’s one time and this will be our second time. Move this off to the side bring up the next base strand and do it again. Move that off to the side pick up the next one and do that again. Then last one another forward knot. And that is what you do there. So now our first color is next to our second color, we actually want to bring our first color back to the left side. So we need to do backward knots and of course, that is pretty self-explanatory, you are going to make a backwards four or a P shape, and go underneath and go through that loop, pull up and then do it one more time. So that way we make a full knot With this base strand. Put it off to the side, pick up our next one, and repeat that again on all of our strings until we get our first color to the other side. All right, and now we have this back on the left side, for our next step we actually won’t need to be using that second color. And like I said, we don’t want to knot onto any of our colored working strands. So you can take this and put it off to the side. Just forget about it for now and we are going to take our second color and pretty much kind of mirror what we just did. First we are actually going to do backward knots on all of our base strands until we get our second color onto the left side. So again backwards four, or a P shape, onto our very first thread here and then pull. When you get to these little corner pieces here your string might not want to lay super flat, so if that happens just kind of wiggle your string around a little bit up here and you can manipulate it in the way that you need to to get it in the right spot to properly curve around this section without having it completely stick out. So we just knot it onto this base strand right here so we can put that off to the side, pick up our second one, and again do a backward knot onto it. Then we can put that off to the side and repeat on all of our bass strains until we get our second color on to the left. And there we are with that, and now, like we did the first time, we want to take our second color and bring it back over to the right side. So to bring it back over we need to do forward knots, of course, so take our first base strand and one more time make a four and bring it under and through that loop and then do it a second time so that way we make a full forward knot. Take that base strand and put it off to the side and pick up our second one and do a forward knot onto that one. Off to the side, and just keep repeating that on all of our strings until we get our color back to the right side. There we are, we have our second color back on the right side, and now you can bring your first color on the left and repeat that whole process over and over until you have your finished product, which will look something like this – these really awesome little waves! I think this bracelet in particular is going to be so much more fun to do than just a regular candy stripe; it has a little bit more of dimension to it and it makes it look a little bit more interesting, and hopefully a bit more exciting to work with if you are at a beginner level. Really quick I am going to slide this over, So that way I can show you guys really quick how we want to make our ties at the end of our bracelet. Once you learn a little bit more about friendship bracelets in general you can do really fun things like covered loops and even twisting your ends. You can fishtail braid them, but I’m going to keep it simple and sweet and we are going to really quick do simple braids. Now when I work with bracelets, I tend to like to make my ties on the top and first where my knot is, just because I know that when I do finish this bracelet, more often than not I will have much more tail space down here than I will up top. If you do want your tails to be pretty even, I would start up at the top and braid there first and then you can match whatever you had down here. So really quick I am going to clip this on and just show you really quickly a simple braid. Because we have tails on both ends we only need to do one braid on each end to tie together. So separate your strands equally as best as you can into three, of course. The length of this braid is going to be totally up to you and how long you need to make it. I am just going to braid down quite a ways, and then when I’m done, I am going to bring my second tail over and kind of try to match the knots as well as I can. So this is probably long enough. I’m going to release my bracelet and what I like to do is start tying the knot and make it really loose, then I will fold the bracelet in half and kind of try to match the knots as well as I can. I don’t typically ever make this perfect, so just get as close as you can. Pull it really tight just so that you know all the strands are extremely secure, and you can go ahead and clip off these extra strings. Clip them off pretty close to this knot because, trust me, this knot will not undo, especially if you pulled it really tight. Then once you have that, you can of course put it on your wrist and tie it in a knot! If you do want to get really fancy, you can do things like square knots to make adjustable bracelets such as this, but there are plenty of videos out there on how to do that, and for the sake of beginner level I will just keep it at that. And that is seriously all you do for this bracelet! Just keep repeating that same pattern throughout the whole bracelet and then you’ll get some really cool looking designs. I would say I am pretty advanced with friendship bracelets, I’ve been doing them for a really long time, but sometimes it’s really fun just to go back to these really simple patterns – and they look amazing. So thank you guys so much for watching this video today! I really do appreciate every single one of you who watch my videos and follow my channel, all of that stuff. I really do hope you guys enjoyed this video today. And for those of you who are beginners, I really do hope that I explain this really well. If you do have any questions or anything that you’re confused about, feel free to leave me a comment and I will help you out as best I can. But anyway guys, that is it for this video today, and I will see you in the next one!

53 Comments

  1. it’s literally just impossible for me to make bracelets and it’s so annoying, i can’t do a simple one without messing it up 🙁

  2. this was actually very helpful!! i usually can't follow tutorials bc they are for more advanced braclets and the people making them dont go so in depth

  3. When i make friendship bracelets, I always get holes in between knots. Does anybody have some advice for how to fix this?

  4. i’m so happy i found this video because i saw masha’s video but i didn’t know how to start the bracelet and you showed how to do it. thank you!!

  5. Hi! I love this video and awesome tutorial!! But do you have the pattern for the bracelet you are wearing on your left wrist? 😀 it looks super cool and I wanna try it 😀

  6. Deff subscribing this is pretty much the only tutorial I can follow while making mine at the same time and you actually shop step by step!

  7. I bought some Chinese nylon knotting cord and whilst it was nice, it had an inconsistent thickness. Some of strands were noticeably thicker than others which were all supposed to be same thickness. I paid
    AUD$12 for 10 small bobbins with 10yds on each. I'm not keen on some of the floss brands as the strands often split and tangle. Thanks for your vid. Very well explained. 😁😁

  8. I just started making friendship bracelets, this video was very well explained and detailed! Now I feel very confident when trying this design out. Thank you!

  9. when making a forward knot i tend to cross the string under and then go over the base string, my chevrons always work out fine, but is this wrong? will it affect this bracelet?

  10. Use craft Scissors or you can use those scissors it to have them but if youDon’t use craft scissors is becauseSo yes to use the other one kitchen scissors and then it’s not gonna work

  11. Hi I’m new to all of this but I’m obsessed with whatever bracelet is on your left hand. Did you make it if so I neeeeed a tutorial if not I need a link love you

  12. I’m sorry to bother you, but it would be very sweet of you to follow @aesthetic.bracelets._nl on Instagram🥰🙃 we sell bracelets in the Netherlands 🇳🇱 we just started and I wanted to give us a bit a quicker start 😘

  13. Hello again! These bracelets are supercute! But what if you put a small bead on the side-loops before changing colour? You know where I mean, hopefully. Have you tried that?

  14. I love your channel so much! Your explanation for a beginner like me is very clear! I am so happy that I've found this wonderful bracelet island ❤

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