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« on: March 05, 2009 07:35:49 AM »

So I've taken to friendship bracelets probably 10-15 years too late. I'm enjoying it, though.

Anyhoo, here's my problem. I'm kind of working my way through a couple basic patterns in the process of getting the swing of things... and I'm stuck on a criss-cross style.

See? The 3 rows of 3 knots kind of lean to the right (or to the left if I switch the knot type - I've tried messing around with a few different ways to no avail) and doesn't correct itself once I move on to the next step.

I'm working from this lovely website (http://www.steffe.se/fb/step_by_step.php) and, more specifically, this lovely step-by-step (http://www.steffe.se/fb/pdf/patterns/squares.pdf)... and as you can see, it's Step 9 that is giving me problems.

Can anyone offer any pointers, tips, solutions, or even patterns or methods alternate to the one used on the site?

Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009 08:39:05 AM »

It looks like your tension may be off.  Notice how the knots on that side look smaller than the knots on the other side?  You may be pulling that side a bit tighter, which would lead to a bit of warping.  I admit it's been years and years since I've knotted a friendship bracelet (but my goodness, how relaxing it was!  It's a fun hobby!) but I remember needing to practice a bit to make my knots nice and even.  It gets to be second nature, after a bit.  I'd say you could either un-knot those bits (a pain) or leave it the way it is, and let it be unique.  You might try blocking it, the same way you do with knitting and crochet (wet it in luke-warm water for several minutes--anywhere from 5-20, and then stretch it out to the shape and dimensions you want it, pin it down, and let it air-dry), and that may help even things out a little bit.  Hope that helps!  Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009 09:02:49 AM »

If you are having fun with this. I recommend you also look up finger loop braiding. You can make cool bracelets and cording.

« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009 11:17:01 AM »

I think that it looks like your tension is a little tight on the one side.  But I think that it should correct itself with time and as you relax and find the zen of friendship bracelets. 

I used to love making fish...see the Vs in there.

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You can use 2 colors and make the fish out another color.  SO FUN!
I also remember that I could write my name in them.  Wow that was fun!
good luck!  and relax! Grin

finger looping is fun too!!!!  and super fast to work up!

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2009 01:02:53 AM »

As for tension, I dunno... cuz in messing around with it, I've tried knotting very tightly, I've tried knotting very loosely... In both cases, that lean still occurs, which is weird I'll grant. It looks like that little bit of thread on the left of the knot (that's pushing it to the right, so to speak) could just be taken into the knot with a tighter pull. But it happens every time, regardless.  Undecided

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2009 06:30:18 AM »

don't give up!  It will work out!  just keep going. 

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2009 04:34:55 PM »

All right....I used to be the ruling queen of this. But it's been maybe 10 years since I've done one. My suggestion is just keep going. Once you start using that pink strand again it will (err...should) shift and not be (as?) wonky. Keep you tension even, you don't want too tight or too loose. Relax and it'll be wicked.

My proudest bracelet was about 2" wide, something like 12 colours, in a double arrowhead. It took me hours, but it had so much thread in it that it was super sturdy and I wore it for years.

But yeah....keep going. Sometimes they look wonky at first until you get a few centimeters in.

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2009 03:01:41 PM »

I have also tried finger loop braiding. I liked it very much. The web site mentioned here in this discussion was really useful for me too

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2009 01:13:51 PM »

The lean will straighten itself as you go along. your next pink row going to the left will correct it.  I agree it is tension related.

Also check the back of the knots.  the two knots threads on the back should stack up, with no contrasting thread visible between them. if they don't, it isn't right.  Maybe take a pic of the back of it also when you post. a lot of the times, if there is a problem the back can tell a lot more than the front.

EDIT:Oh i just looked again--it looks like the white stitch next to the center pink stitch might be wrong...either missing or only a single knot? check the back to ensure there are two stitches in that knot. should see two white stitches stacked on top of each other. right next to the pink center stitch.

I tend to knot tighter to one side.  it is as mentioned before a zen deal....just takes practice. After doing about 10 or 20 of them you have a real rhythm and can just whiz them out without even looking at them. Also when i do them, i pin to my jeans. it is a lot easier in the beginning than pinning to something not attached to me. you can feel a lot better how hard you are tugging than if you are pinned to a board or couch or something if you are pinned to something you are wearing.


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