Articles

NORMAL PATTERNS & SEGMENT KNOTTING TUTORIAL || Friendship Bracelets


Hello everyone, my name is Masha Knots
and today in collaboration with BraceletBook I’m gonna teach you how to make
normal patterns. If you’ve never heard about BraceletBook before, today’s your lucky day, it’s a great resource to find different patterns, photos, videos and
tutorials. As well as a great place to connect with other people who share your
hobby. You can meet and talk to people in the chat, add them as friends and message
directly and you can always find help in the forums with your bracelet questions.
So as I said this video is made in collaboration with BraceletBook, so
today I’m going to be using their website to demonstrate how to read
normal patterns. This video is going to contain a lot of information that may be
overwhelming, so I’ve left timestamps for each of the sections in the description
and in the pinned comment under this video, so you can easily find the section
that you’re looking for and go back if you need to.Going into this tutorial I expect that you know how to make the basic knots.
There are four main friendship bracelet knots that are going to be referenced in
the pattern, you need to know how to make them and be comfortable with making them before you’re going to be ready to read patterns. If you don’t feel like you’re
ready – don’t worry, I have a separate video tutorial on how to make the basic
knots, I suggest you watch that first and then come back to this video. And one
last thing – if you’ve never made bracelets before, I really do not suggest
you go straight away into reading patterns. I highly recommend you try the
Chevron bracelet first. The Chevron is a very simple bracelet that allows you to
practice both forward and backward knots, thus preparing you for more difficult
patterns. And with that as well, I do have a separate tutorial that I will be
linking in the description as with everything else. So now that we’ve gone
over that let’s get into the tutorial. There are two different ways of reading
normal pattern: there’s the standard row-by-row method which is usually the
method that people start off by using, then there’s also the segment knotting
method, which is a little bit more difficult, but saves you a lot of time in
the long run. Now for both of these I’ll be going into detail a little bit later,
so first let’s find a pattern. I’m gonna go on BraceletBook.com,
I’m gonna click on patterns and for this specific pattern, I know the exact
pattern number so I’m going to click pattern number and type in the number
that I’m looking for, which in my case is pattern number two, which is the chevron.
I’m gonna apply the filters and the pattern comes up right here on screen. So this is
the pattern for the regular chevron bracelet. Now hopefully if you’ve taken
my advice, you’ve already tried making this bracelet before and looking at the
pattern it might be a little bit confusing to you, but don’t panic, let’s
just analyze the pattern. Now if you look closely, the pattern is made up of
several different elements. You have these lines coming out of the pattern at
the top and at the bottom. These lines represent different strings. Each line is
assigned a letter and a color, both of which help you distinguish between the
lines, between the strings. Next you can see that there are multiple different
circles in the pattern. These circles contain different arrows. Each circle
represents a knot and the arrow inside this circle indicates what type of knot
it is. Hopefully you’ve watched my basic knots tutorial and that way you know
that there are 4 different types of knots in friendship bracelets. The
forward knot, which is represented by an arrow to the right, the backward knot,
which is represented by an arrow to the left, the forward-backward, which is
represented by an arrow to the right and back and the backward-forward, which is
represented by an arrow to the left and back. In the chevron pattern we can see
forward knots, represented by an arrow to the right and backward knots, represented
by an arrow to the left. Each knot within the pattern is made between two strings
and you can see which strings they are by looking at what lines are going into
the knot. So this first one here is made between a yellow and an orange string, an
A and a B, this second one is also between a yellow and an orange tree, but
it’s B an A in that order. If you have more colors it’s gonna look a little bit more complicated of course.
Now let’s look into the next element of the pattern. You can notice that on the
left and on the right you’ve got these numbers and you also have horizontal
lines going through the pattern, these lines represent the rows and the numbers
represent the row number. Each pattern consists of a certain amount of rows.
This specific pattern consists of four. You might be wondering – how do you make
an entire bracelet when there’s just four rows? If you take a closer look, you
will realize that the pattern loops and once you reach the fourth row you have
to go back to row number one and you continue making the bracelet until it
reaches the length that you want. Now let’s dive into a little bit more of
theoretical knowledge. When you’re setting up your strings to make a
bracelet, you have to pay very close attention to the pattern and make sure
that your strings are in the exact order as the strings in the bracelet. So if I
were to make this bracelet, I would order my strings with a yellow, then two orange
two yellow, two orange and one yellow. As I said before, each knot is made between
two strings and you can see which strings are going into the knot by
looking at the lines that are going into the knot. The four basic knots of
friendship bracelets do four different things to your strings. The forward knot
moves the string on the left to the right and makes a knot of its color, so
you can look at the first knot here, the knot between the yellow and orange
string is a forward knot, which will move the yellow string to the right, while
making a knot of its color. The backward knot moves the string on the right to
the left while making a knot of its color. So for example this fourth knot
right here, also between a yellow and the orange string, this time the yellow
string is on the right and the backward knot is moving the yellow string to the
left and is also making a knot of its color. We will get into forward-backward
and backward-forward knots a little bit later, as they are a little bit more
complex. I should also mention that on BraceletBook if at any point you forget
which arrow represents which knot, you can hover your mouse over a knot to
highlight it and then click that knot to have a diagram show up of which knot to
make. This feature can be pretty handy if you’re a beginner. In normal patterns all of the strings work together to create the design, the
strings move along the bracelet as you’re making different knot types. You
may notice that the rows alternate between an even and odd number of knots,
so in this pattern the first row has four knots, the second has three, the
third has four again and the fourth three again. The way I like to explain
this is by an analogy – I always think back to when I was a child and I was
playing with Lego. Whenever I wanted to build a house and I put down two bricks,
I needed to seam these two bricks together in the next row. So when I was
making the second row of the house, I would always put a brick in the middle
on top of the seam between the first two, that way I seam the two bricks together
and make sure that they’re stable. If I were to just stack bricks on top of each
other, the wall wouldn’t be connected and it would break easily. The same sort of
logic applies to friendship bracelets. When you’re making a row, you’re just
making knots between pairs of string. To make that into a bracelet in the next
row, you have to change the pairs, taking one string from the first pair and one
string from the second pair to make a knot between them, essentially closing
that seam, just like in the Lego. However, that does mean that you’re also leaving
two strings out and here in this pattern on the second row for example it’s
represented by the orange string on the left and on the right there are no knots
made with that string for that row and then on the third row it goes back to
being four knots again. I hope that analogy made sense, because that was a
stretch. All right, so now that we’ve analyzed the pattern and looked into
some theoretical knowledge, let’s talk about the differences between the two
methods of knotting. So as I said previously there is the
row-by-row method which is pretty self-explanatory, it goes row by row and
there is the segment knotting method in which you knot in segments. Now
chances are if you’ve ever made a chevron bracelet, you’ve probably used
the segment knotting method without even knowing it. Let’s look into the row by
row method and hopefully you’ll realize what I’m talking about. So as the name
suggests in the row by row method you follow the pattern very closely, row by
row. So first of all you would start by arranging your strings as the pattern
suggests. And again, to do that you look at the top of the pattern where the
strings are and you arrange your strings in the exact same order as those lines
are arranged. Now to make the pattern row by row, you would start with the first
row, the first knot on the left. You would take the first pair of strings, in this
case that’s a yellow and an orange, and you would make the knot that is
represented, in this case it’s a forward knot. After completing that knot, you
would take the next pair of strings, in this case that is the orange and the
yellow, and you would make the knot that is represented there, which is again a
forward knot. Next you would take the next pair of strings, do that knot, then
the next pair of strings and so on until you reach the end of the row. Once you
reach the end of the row, you would go to the second row. Now as I mentioned before,
in the second row the string on the left and the string on the right, which are
represented by the orange strings here aren’t used, so you would put them aside
and regroup all of your strings. In this case we’d put the two yellow
strings together, the two orange strings and then the two yellow strings again.
And again focusing on this row from left to right, you would take the first pair
of strings, making a knot between them as the pattern suggests. In this case it’s a
forward knot, then the second pair of strings, do that knot between them and
then the third and so on until you reach the end of the row. Next you would focus on the third row, doing the exact same thing and the
fourth row and so on until you reach the end of the pattern. Once you do reach the
end of the pattern, you would loop right back to the first row and start the
pattern again from the leftmost knot of the row. If you’re wondering what are
the different ways to start and finish your bracelets, I have a whole series of tutorials on different ways to do that
and there is a separate playlist that will be linked in the description for
you to check out in your own time. All right, so perhaps you now feel
comfortable with making the chevron, let’s look at a more difficult pattern.
Now again, going on BraceletBook.com, I can click the patterns tab and I can search
for a specific keyword, in this case I want to find a pattern with a heart, so
I’m going to type in “heart” and I’m going to order them by oldest, because easier
patterns tend to be the oldest ones and I’m going to apply my filters. As you can
see, there are a bunch of different patterns that have come up, I like this one
however. I like this pattern, however I don’t necessarily like these colors, I
can already see that there are 20 variations, so a lot of different people
have already added their colors, but none of the colors that are added here suit
the ones that I want to do. I’m gonna click the add a variation button on this
screen I can click the specific colors and alter them to any color that I want.
This is a great way to test different colors in a pattern without having to
make the bracelet, but also if you are already set on a color combination, by
changing the colors in the pattern it makes the pattern easier for you to
follow. I want white and pink so I’m going to change the background color to
white and the heart color to be pink. I’m now going to click save and test and if
I want to, I might also click Submit to the site for the admins to review. Now
this pattern will be easier to follow with the colors that I’ve got. So looking
at this pattern, it’s exactly the same principle, I’m going to arrange my
strings in the way that they are arranged in the pattern. it’s the top of
the pattern where the lines are sticking out that indicate the order in which the
string should be. So in this case I’ve got a white string, a pink string, white,
pink, pink, white, pink, white. So by following the row-by-row method I’m
going to look at the first row, the first knot on the left and I’m going to start
by making that. In this case it is a forward-backward knot. Now as I said
before, a forward knot moves the string on the left to the right and makes a knot
of its color, the backward knot moves the string on the right to the left and makes
a knot of its color, but the forward backward knot doesn’t move any string
anywhere, both of the strings end up in the same position as they were before
the knot, but a knot is made of the string that is on the left.
So if we look closely here, I’ve got a white string going to the right and back
making a knot on the pink string, but both of the strings stay in the same
position. Now if we look on the fourth knot here, on the first row it’s a
backward-forward knot, a backward forward knot, again, doesn’t move the strings
anywhere, they both stay in the same position, however a knot of the string on
the right is made. So in this case the string on the left is pink, the string on
the right is white, both strings stay in the same position after the knot, as they
were before, but a knot of the white color is made. So with the row-by-row method,
looking at the first knot on the first row, I’ll grab the first pair of strings
and do a forward-backward knot. Once I’ve done that, I would take the next pair of
strings do a forward knot as the pattern suggests, then the next pair of strings, a
backward knot, then the next with a backward-forward knot and so on until I
reached the end of the pattern, which I already have. And then I would proceed to
the second row, in the second row I have to rearrange my strings. The two
outermost strings, the two white strings on the left and on the right, don’t take
part in this row, so I need to arrange my strings by the two pink, two white and two
pink in the center and following the second row I would do one forward knot
between the two pink strings, one forward knot between the two white strings and
one backward knot between the two pink strings again. So that is the principle
of reading the pattern row by row, I will continue reading that pattern in the
same way until I reach the last row which is the eighth row in which case I
will go back to the first row and repeat the process again. But what do you do
when you get to the end of the pattern and you realize that the string colors
don’t match the ones that are on the top at the first row? Let’s look at this
pattern for example, you can notice that the colors at the top don’t match the
colors at the bottom, the first string on the top is string A, but at the bottom
its string B. What do you do when that happens? This isn’t necessarily
complicated, it’s just a little bit confusing. When the colors at the bottom
don’t match the colors at the top, all you do is you proceed with making the
pattern, ignoring the colors. The colors have changed, unfortunately the
pattern doesn’t represent that, but you still go about making the pattern the
same way you would if the colors didn’t change. Unfortunately this is a little
bit more confusing as you can get confused between the colors, so I don’t
recommend making these patterns if you’re not at least a little bit
experienced with actually reading them. If you’re looking to make your first
pattern, probably check that the colors match before you go into making it
because that can get confusing, but when this happens you ignore the colors and
you just follow the pattern specifically. So in this pattern you can see that the
colors at the top completely don’t match the colors at the bottom, so the colors at
the bottom B and D, the first and second color, when you loop the pattern and go
back to row number one, they turn into A and B again, the first and second color.
By following the pattern directly, you take the first pair of strings which is
now B and D and you make a forward knot between the two. For the second pair you
can see that the colors become A and F by the end of the pattern, but when you
loop back to the top they get into the positions of C and D. Now again, I know
that this is confusing, but you would just continue by making the pattern as
it is suggested. You would take that pair of string, which is now A and F, and just
make a forward knot. When the pattern colors don’t match in a pattern, you just
have to continue with the pattern, ignoring the colors. But what about
patterns with holes in them? For this let’s check out this pattern which is
also a heart pattern. You can see that the entire first row only has one knot.
The second row has two, the third three, the fourth three and so on. When the
pattern indicates that there is no knot, no knot needs to be made. So following
this pattern, you would arrange the strings as they are arranged at the top.
In the first row you would just take the pair with the two B strings and make a
forward knot between those. In the second row you would rearrange your strings
putting an A string and a B string together and then for the second knot a
B string and an A string together and you’d make a backward knot between the
first pair and a forward knot between the second pair. For the third row you
would once again rearrange your strings, by putting A, B together
A, A together and B, A together and you will follow the pattern, making a
backward knot with the first pair, a backward knot with the second pair and a
forward backward knot with the third pair and as the pattern suggests the
knots that are not there, the missing knots, you just simply do not make them.
These sort of bracelets tend to look a little bit different to the normal ones
because you’re missing out on the knots, the strings just tend to poke out, but
this is another interesting way of making bracelets. Alright, so now let’s
talk about segments knotting. Going back to the chevron bracelet. As I said if you’ve ever made a chevron bracelet chances are you’ve probably already used
segments knotting without even realizing it. The principle of segment knotting is trying to find a group of knots that can be made in one go and by that I mean a
group of knots that you’re making with one string over a series of other
strings. BraceletBook actually makes it very easy to follow a specific string
because their patterns are interactable. You can hover your mouse over a specific
string which highlights that string to show how it moves throughout the patter.,
So this first yellow string, string A, starts from the left outer edge of the
bracelet and goes all the way into the middle with four consecutive forward
knots. These four consecutive forward knots can be made in one go, which is
probably what you’ve been doing if you’ve ever made a chevron, chances are
you’ve never made a chevron row-by-row and you always take one string and do a
row of knots onto all the other strings, when you’re making the chevron. This is
exactly what the four consecutive forward knots in this pattern represent.
Same goes for the orange strings. Though it’s not that visible in this specific
pattern, as there are only four rows represented, but if you highlight the
second string you can see that on row three and four there are two forward
knots and then the string is pushed into the second B string position, looping
back to row number one you can see that that goes into two more forward knots,
resulting in the string going from the outermost edge on row number two to the
center back on the same row number two, but after looping one more time. So
looking at the yellow string and closely following our pattern, we can see
specifically what knots are made on what strings. The first knot is of course made
between the yellow and orange string, then the second knot is made between the
yellow and yellow, the third knot is made between another yellow and orange and
forth between two yellows again. Let’s check back to the heart pattern, this one
is a little bit more complex. With the chevron it’s pretty clear as to how to
group the strings together: three knots on the left, three knots on the right and
one knot in the center, so you can make that entire v-shape in one go. With the
heart pattern the situation is a little bit more difficult. Trying to group knots
together can seem a little bit difficult, but also can seem deceptively easy at
times. Looking at this heart pattern you may straightaway see that the pink
string goes from row 2 to row 4 in 3 consecutive forward knots and from row 2
to 3 it does two consecutive backward knots. However you can’t just go into the
bracelet and start making these knots as all the strings work together to create
the bracelet, they all depend on each other to be in the right positions. There
is no correct way to segment knot, every pattern can be segment knotted and there
are different ways to segment knot every pattern, but in this pattern specifically
I personally would start by making the first knot on the first row, then I would
make this little chevron in the center by doing it forward knot between the
white and pink, a backward knot between the pink and white and then straight away
connecting the two white strings in the center and then I would make the
backward-forward knot between the pink and the white. Now that we’ve done this,
we’ve prepared all the strings to be in the positions to make the pink chevron,
we can go ahead and make the pink chevron by doing a forward knot between
the two pink strings on the left, now the forward knot between the pink and the
white a backward knot between the two pinks on the right, a backward knot
between the pink and the white and then straight away we can connect the two big
strings in the center. Then on the same row, on row three I can notice that on
the left and on the right I’ve got two single knots that can’t be grouped with
anything else, so I would just do them, I would do a backward knot on the left a
forward knot on the right, next I noticed that there is another chevron,
this time with the white string. Again, all the strings are now in the
correct position for the chevron to be completed, so I again it would do a
chevron taking the white strings on the left, doing a forward knot between them,
another forward knot between the white and the pink, a backward knot between the
two whites on the right, a backward knot between the white and pink and then
straight away a forward knot between the two white strings in the center. Now
again, I notice another chevron straight away and that is the closing chevron of
the heart, the pink chevron and this time going straight from the outer edges I do
a chevron with the pink strings. Now there are only four knots left, I’ve got
a forward-backward knot on the left, a backward-forward knot on the right, on
row seven and then on row eight I’ve got a backward-forward knot and a forward-
backward knot, these cannot be grouped with anything, so I would just do them
individually and once I’ve done that I would go straight back around tp row
number one and start the pattern again. So this is the same exact pattern as we
were using when we were reading it row by row, it’s just a different method of
reading the pattern. Now after you’ve heard me say all that you might be
feeling a little bit overwhelmed and you might be thinking that this is too
complicated and you never want to try it, but once you do figure out how to do it,
it saves you a lot of time and it makes knotting so much more enjoyable, so I
definitely recommend trying to figure out segment knotting. Of course, if
you’ve never read patterns before I would highly suggest trying the row by
row method first and only then going into segment knotting, but definitely at
some point do try segment knotting. I think a great way to get the hang of
segment knotting is watching the different tutorials that I make on
bracelets, whenever I make a tutorial on a bracelet that tutorial is in segment
knotting. To make the bracelet easier to make and to memorize, but I always show
the pattern on the screen as well to make it easier for you to follow. So if
you’re trying to figure segment knotting out, check out some of the tutorials that
I’ve already made, I’ll link some in the description below for you, try to follow
the tutorial, but also closely look at the pattern to try and understand how
I’m piecing the pattern together and how I’m grouping the different knots
together as well. I’m gonna make some of my favorites down below for you to check
out. Alright thank you guys for watching, hopefully this video made sense to you, I
know that that was a lot of information and that this is
a little bit more complex, but I promise you if you take the effort and learn how
to make patterns, you will be amazed by the amount of possibilities that you
will have you can create so many intricate designs and so many beautiful
bracelets by following different patterns, that you will never lose this
sense of creativity, the possibilities are absolutely endless, so definitely
give reading patterns a try and if you already are comfortable with the
row-by-row method definitely give segment knotting a try as well, as I said it
is a little bit more difficult, but it’s so so worth it. Once you do figure it out,
I’m gonna leave some patterns that I think are suitable for beginners to try
it down in the description, so you can check them out as well and don’t forget
to check out BraceletBook, as I said it is an amazing resource it has so many
patterns for you to try and so many great people for you to connect with, I
also have an account on BraceletBook and I leave the link to it in all of my
video descriptions. If you’re ever looking for patterns to make or are just
wondering on what I’m planning on making you could always check my saved patterns
on BraceletBook to see what I’m planning to do and before I go, I want to
give a special shout out to all of my Patrons, but especially my top supporters
who are Sunshine, Tia, Izzy, Lisa, Madz, Jane and Zoe. Thank you guys for your support,
I really do appreciate it and if you also want to become a Patron and support
the channel, there is a link in the description for you to sign up. I post
videos on Wednesdays and Sundays and sometimes I also post bonus videos to
keep your eyes out for that, don’t forget to check out BraceletBook, the link is
in the description and I will see you next time. Bye.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *