How to Make a Chevron Friendship Bracelet

Make an armful of pretty friendship bracelets with this step-by-step tutorial on the perennial classic Chevron Friendship Bracelet. It’s a fun and easy handmade jewelry DIY project that both adults and kids will enjoy.

classic Chevron Friendship Bracelet step-by-step tutorial

Maybe you’re new to making friendship bracelets, or maybe you’ve been tying them since elementary school.

If you’re like me, maybe you were the founding member of the Friendship Bracelet Club back in first grade. But I digress…

Chevron Friendship Bracelet

One of the most popular friendship bracelet patterns in the classic Chevron. It’s a great pattern for beginners because the pattern is easy to memorize.

The Chevron Pattern uses two of the basic friendship bracelet knots : the forward knot and the backward knot. If you are new to making bracelets, go ahead and review how to make The 4 Basic Friendship Bracelet Knots.

Chevron Friendship Bracelet step-by-step tutorial

Materials

Before we start the tutorial, let’s gather our supplies:

  • embroidery floss in a variety of colors
  • a safety pin, clipboard or masking tape
  • a pair of scissors
  • a ruler or measuring tape

Choose as many colors of embroidery floss as you’d like. For beginners, I recommend 4 colors.

If you need color inspiration, check out Friendship Bracelet Color Ideas and Combinations.

Pattern Instructions

Step 1: Start by preparing the strings.

Cut 72″ lengths of each of the four colors. Fold the strings in half so that you have 8 36″ lengths – 2 of each color. Tie an overhand knot on the folded end. Keep the knot close to the folded end, so you end up with a small loop at the end.

For a more professional look, you can even start your bracelet with a friendship bracelet loop (or buckle).

Arrange the strands in your chosen color order, in such a way that the color order mirrors itself. For example, the 8 strings would be: hot pink, light pink, blue, green, green, blue, light pink, hot pink. Or, if you were to label the strings, they would go: ABCDDCBA

Secure the strings with a safety pin, under a clipboard, or with masking tape.

how to tie a forward knot for chevron friendship bracelets
how to tie a forward knot

Step 2: Starting with the outermost left-hand string (hot pink) tie forward knots on the next three strings until you reach the middle. In other words, use string A (hot pink) to tie a forward knot on string B (light pink), then string C (blue), then string D (green).

Forward knots are tied by making a “4” shape with the working string over the second string. Remember, each knot in a friendship bracelet consists of two half-hitch knots. Click for more details about tying friendship bracelet knots.

how to tie backward knot to make chevron friendship bracelets
how to tie backward knot

Step 3: Using the outermost right-hand string (the other hot pink string), tie backward knots on the next three strings until you reach the middle. In other words, use string A (hot pink) to tie a backward knot on string B (light pink), then string C (blue), then string D (green).

Backward knots are tied by making a “P” shape with the working string over the second string. Remember, each knot in a friendship bracelet consists of two half-hitch knots.

tying the two center strings together with a forward knot

To finish the point at the center of the chevron’s “V” shape, use the left-hand hot pink string to tie a forward knot around the right-hand hot pink string.

(Technically, it doesn’t matter if you make a forward or backward knot – as long as you knot one hot pink string around the other.)

Your first chevron row is now complete! At this point, you should notice that the order of the colors has changed. If we started with the order ABCDDCBA, it should now be BCDAADCB.

classic Chevron Friendship Bracelet step-by-step tutorial


Step 4: Continue making more rows by repeating the process with the other strings. Use the new left-hand string (light pink) to make forward knots until you reach the middle. Then, use the new right-hand string (the other light pink) to make backward knots until you reach the center. Tie the two light pink strings together with a forward knot.

Continue until your bracelet is as about 7″ long, or as long as you’d like.

To learn about the different ways to finish friendship bracelets, check out How to End Friendship Bracelets for A Finished Look.

Pattern Chart

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If you like to reference bracelet patterns, here is the chart for the Chevron pattern. If you would like to learn more about these types of charts, check out How to Read Friendship Bracelet Patterns.

What’s Next?

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Chevron Friendship Bracelet Pattern

Chevron Friendship Bracelet Pattern

Yield: 1
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

How to make the classic Chevron pattern friendship bracelet with an easy to follow, step-by-step photo tutorial. The perfect pattern for beginners to practice both forward and backward knots.

Materials

  • embroidery floss

Tools

  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • clipboard, safety pin, or masking tape

Instructions

  1. Cut 72″ lengths of each of the four colors. Fold the strings in half so that you have 8 36″ lengths – 2 of each color. Tie an overhand knot on the folded end.
  2. Secure the strings with a safety pin, under a clipboard, or with masking tape. Arrange the strands in your chosen color order.
  3. Starting with the outermost left-hand string (string A) tie forward knots on the next three strings (B, C, and D) until you reach the middle.
  4. Then, with the outermost right-hand string (the other A color string) tie backward knots on the next three strings (B, C, and D) until you reach the middle.
  5. Tie the two A strings together with a forward knot.
  6. Continue making more rows by repeating the process with the other strings. Repeat until the bracelet is 7" long, or as long as desired.

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