The first friendship bracelet I ever made was a Candy Stripe pattern. Making a Candy Stripe Friendship bracelet is very simple, but the finished bracelet looks anything but!
The Candy Stripe friendship bracelet is a great pattern for beginners because it’s easy to learn and only requires one type of knot. You’ll be able to memorize the pattern in no time at all!
If you’re just starting to make friendship bracelets, I recommend reading over the How to Tie the 4 Basic Friendship Bracelet Knots before you start this Candy Stripe tutorial.
- embroidery floss in a variety of colors
- a safety pin, clipboard or masking tape
- a pair of scissors
- a ruler or measuring tape
Choose your colors and prepare your strings.
In this example, I’ve used 4 strings. But you can use any number of strings you like. 4 strings will give you a narrow bracelet and be faster to make. 8 strings will give you a wider bracelet, but take longer to make.
If you want inspiration for color combos, check out Friendship Bracelet Color Ideas and Combinations.
Cut each string to be about 36″ long. Tie them together with an overhand knot. Use masking tape or a clipboard to secure the strings while you make the bracelet.
Separate and arrange your strings. To make understanding this pattern easier, let’s label the strings A-D from left to right.
In my pictures, A is light blue, B is light green, C is dark green, D is dark blue.
Candy Stripe Bracelet Pattern
Let’s talk through the first row in detail.
Step 1: Take string A and make a forward knot on string B. After you complete the knot, the new order will be BACD.
Remember: Forward knots are made by tying two forward half-hitches. Make a “4” shape with the working string over the second string, and pull up through the hole. For more photos and diagrams, check out this article about how to make friendship bracelet knots.
Step 2: Continuing with string A, and make a forward knot on string C. After you complete the knot, the new order will be BCAD.
Step 3: Continuing with string A, and make a forward knot on string D. After you complete the knot, the new order will be BCDA.
Well done! You’ve complete the first row of the Candy Stripe Pattern.
Repeat the process with the new left-most strand (coral), working your way across each strand of the bracelet until it makes its way to the right.
Now, repeat the process with the new left-hand string (light green in the photos.) Start again with steps 1-3 using string B.
Then repeat with string C and string D.
Continue the pattern until the bracelet is as long as desired, about 7″.
Does your bracelet keep curling?
The Candy Stripe pattern has a tendency to curl because all the knots are tied in the same direction.
There are a couple of things that could be happening. First, make sure you are making TWO half-hitches to make each of the forward knots. If you forget this, the bracelet might curl up. To fix it, remember to make two half-hitches to complete each of the forward knots.
Otherwise, it could be that your tension is too tight. You can try making the knots a little bit looser.
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- embroidery floss
- masking tape
- Cut each string to be about 36" long. Tie them together with an overhand knot. Use masking tape or a clipboard to secure the strings.
- Take string A and make a forward knot on string B.
- Use string A to make a forward knot on string C.
- Then, use string A to make a forward knot on string D. The new order of colors will be BCDA.
- Continue this pattern with each string in turn. Repeat the process until the bracelet is as long as you'd like.