Lesson: How to Make Diamond & X Pattern Friendship Bracelets
Take your friendship bracelet skills to the next level with this interlocking Diamond & X pattern, which incorporates all four FB knots.
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For this pattern, you'll need four colors with two strands of each color. You can also double up each strand to make it thicker (and quicker!), like the strands pictured in this tutorial. Arrange your colors the same way you would for Chevron pattern, with the pattern mirroring itself. Start this pattern with a 1 or more chevron rows.
The last of your starting chevron rows will be the top of your first X. Before completing the bottom half, you'll have to fill it in with a triangle of knots on each side.
To create the left triangle, start by adding one forwards knot with the left-most strand around its neighbor to the right. (Pictured here in green)
Last, tie a backwards knot around the next strand to the right (pink) landing the working (green) strand back in the left-most position. You now have a little triangle!
Repeat the same process on the right side, tying the right-most strand (green) around its neighbor to the left (pink) using a backwards knot, followed by a backwards-forwards knot around the next strand to the left (yellow).
Complete the triangle by tying a forwards knot with your working strand (green) around its neighbor to the right (pink), which will land it in the right-most position within your pattern.
Now it's time to complete your X by adding an upside-down chevron. Since the center of this chevron row has already been created by the center knot of the chevron row above it (i.e. the top of the X), you'll simply complete the chevron by adding the two opposing diagonal lines: your left-center strand (left orange) will tie a row of backwards knots until it reaches the outside of the pattern, and your right-center strand (right orange) will tie a row of forwards knots until it reaches the outside of the pattern. You've now completed your first X!
Now it's time to create your first diamond! Create the top of your diamond by tying an upside-down chevron row. Start by tying the two center strands (yellows) together using either a backwards or forwards knot, then complete the chevron row the same way you did the row above it in the last step.
Your next row will be the top of a smaller diamond shape, i.e. a smaller chevron row. Start the row as you did in the last step by tying together the two center strands (pink) using a forwards or backwards knot. On the left side, tie one backwards knot around the left-hand neighbor (green), followed by a backwards-forwards knot around the next neighbor (orange). On the right side, tie one forwards knot around the right-hand neighbor (green), followed by a forwards-backwards knot around the next neighbor (orange).
The next row is simply one center knot to fill in the diamond. Tie your two center strands (green) together using a forwards or backwards knot.
Now it's time to complete your small diamond with a mini chevron row. Start on the left side, tying your working strand (pink) in a forwards knot around its right-hand neighbor (green). Do the same but opposite on the right side, tying your working strand (pink) in a backwards knot around its left-hand neighbor (green). When both working strands are next to each other in the center, tie one around the other using a forwards or backwards knot.
Complete your diamond with a complete chevron row, starting with the two outer-most strands, which should be the strands from the top of your diamond (yellow).
Continue your pattern by adding a chevron row below the diamond (orange), then going back to step two and repeating the process over and over again! Continue until your bracelet is long enough to fit around your wrist, then finish your bracelet using the instructions here.
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