Friendship Bracelet Patterns: Zig Zag
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
Step 1. Gather your supplies.
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).
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.
Your finished row should look like this, with the green strand all the way to the right.
Create additional diagonal stripes with each of the left most strands, not including the longest zig zag strand (in our example, the black).
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.
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.
Follow this by one backward knot. Click here to review the backward knot.
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!
You will now continue making a diagonal stripe going the other direction, using backward spiral knots.
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.
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!