Friendship Bracelet Patterns: Zig Zag

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

A zig zag friendship bracelet pattern is a variation on the diagonal stripe design, using both forward and backward spiral knots.


  • Friendship Thread Basic Colors
  • Friendship Thread Brights & Neon
  • Friendship Thread Mega Pack
  • Clipboard
  • Scissors


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Friendship Bracelet Instructions

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Step 2.

Cut Friendship Thread to a desired length, tie a knot at the ends and secure for crafting. We used (5) threads, each cut to 60 inches, and attached it to a clipboard. Separate your strands, arranging them in the order in which you want your colors to appear, with the right most strand as your zig zag color.  Our example is laid out as: strand 1 (green), strand 2 (white), strand 3 (blue), strand 4 (purple), strand 5 (black).

Bracelet instructions

Step 3.

Start with the left most strand and make (2) forward spiral knots on each of the strands going towards the right to make a diagonal stripe. Click here for a refresher on making forward spiral knots and diagonal stripes.

Friendship bracelets string

Step 4.

Your finished row should look like this, with the green strand all the way to the right.

Zig Zag Pattern Friendship Bracelet

Step 5.

Create additional diagonal stripes with each of the left most strands, not including the longest zig zag strand (in our example, the black).

Friendship Bracelets Patttern

Step 6.

It is now time to form the first part of the zig zag. Take your left most strand, the black strand, and make (2) forward spiral knots on each of the (3) strands next to it, but not the last strand. In our example, we made (2) spiral knots with the green, white and blue strands, but stopped at the purple.

zig zag friendship bracelet pattern

Step 7.


Here is where you need to pay attention to achieve the zig zag. Make (1) forward spiral knot with the black strand and the purple strand.

friendship bracelet thread pattern

Step 8.


Follow this by one backward knot. Click here to review the backward knot. 

Friendship thread bracelet

Step 9.

You will notice that the black strand is now on the left side of the purple. It has switched directions, just like a zig zag!

Friendship bracelet zig zag pattern

Step 10.


You will now continue making a diagonal stripe going the other direction, using backward spiral knots.

Friendship Bracelet Patterns

Step 11.


Continue making backward spiral knots with each right most strand moving to the left to create the diagonal stripe pattern for the purple, blue, white and green strands.

Zig Zag Friendship Bracelet Pattern

Step 12. 

Remember, when it comes to the black strand, the zig zag forming strand, you will need to make backward spiral knots on each strand, until you get to the last strand where you make (1) backward spiral knot and (1) forward spiral knot to change directions. Repeat steps 3 -11 to create the zig zag pattern throughout the bracelet!