Loop Techniques

For beginning a bracelet, there are many ways. One of the most popular ways that make your bracelet look a whole lot more professional are using a loop at the top, and then at the end tying the remaining strings into a braid. This is a whole lot easier to knot on someone’s wrist, and if you sell bracelets, they will get more customers too!
For all of these techniques, we are using the chevron pattern to explain. Patterns that are ‘mirror’ like the chevron (another example is the heart pattern) work best. You can also use them for the candy stripe, as long as you use two of each color in the design. If you need further explanation, comment with your question and I’ll be happy to help.
Technique One
This loop works only for even threads.
Take four colors of embroidery floss or craft thread and measure how long one strand would be. Now double that length. Do this for each color. After that, fold the strings in half, leave about the size of your thumb nail of space, and make a knot. Arrange the threads for the chevron pattern, and start it.
Scroll down to the end of the page to see how to finish.
Technique Two

This is the same thing as technique one, except after you finish the pattern, you untie the knot on the loop on top. Now there is a wider place to put the braid through on the end!
Scroll down to the end of the page to see how to finish.
Technique Three
This is something that only advanced bracelet makers should try- but feel free to attempt it anyway!
Use an even number of threads, with two of each color, like in the chevron pattern. Measure the colors for one strand and then double it, and use scissors to cut. Do this for each color, except for one. This color should be like the others- doubled, but add 3 or 4 inches (about 9 cm) to it.
Take all the threads except the one you added extra length to, and fold them in half. Take the string with extra length and make a lark’s head knot. It looks like this :
Now your string will be separated into 2.
Turn it this way (the string with the extra length should be on the left side), and still using the string with the extra length, start making forward-backward  knots. Do the same with the other blue string on the other side.
For a basic chevron with four strands, five or six knots on each side should work out great. After finishing the loop and the chevron pattern (scroll down to the end of the page to see how), the bracelet should look like this :
***For all loops, you finish the same way.***
Finishing :
Take the rest of the strings and gather them into a braid. Knot at the end. Have a friend or parent tie it on your wrist for you. The braid goes through the loop. Pull it tight, but don’t cut off your circulation! Take the braid and tie a knot on the loop. Ta-da!

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