Four Kinds of Four Strand Braids, and How to Do Them on Yourself!
How to Make a 4 Strand Braided Bracelet
Choose your colors.You can have any number, from 1 to 4. Two colors are pretty easy to work with, but have fun and be creative. Four colors that go well together or set a theme can also be great. This braid style also looks good even when you use just one single color. You can use muted tones or camo colors for an earthy look. For a festive feel, try using red-white-blue for Fourth of July, or red-green-white-and silver for Christmas. For this example, we’ll use orange and yellow strands.
Cut the strands to size.To fit your wrist when finished, the strands should be slightly longer than the distance from your wrist to your elbow. You need 3 strands of thread for each main strand. Separate them into groups of 3 strands per color, like this:
Secure one end of the strands.Tie all the strands into a knot at one end, and attach it to something secure, such as a chair back or a dresser drawer. A binder clip may work to attach it. You can also use a safety pin to secure it to your jeans, tie it to your toe, or tape it to something. The point is to anchor the starting knot, so it will stay put while you work.
Start braiding.Starting on your far right, turn the yellow strands to the inside, and cross the left yellow strand over the right strand. It should look like this:
Now cross the orange strands.Cross the right-side orange strand over the right-side yellow strand, and then cross the left orange strand over the left-side yellow strand and then over the right side orange strand.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach the desired length of your bracelet.This is what it should look like close up:
To complete the braid, tie it off with a knot.Cut off the excess string, but leave a little bit on each end so you can tie it on.
- If you make it a little longer, it also works as an anklet!
QuestionWill it look good with four colors (one color for each strand) instead of two?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can make it with 4 different colors as long as you think those 4 colors look good together. For instance, as a Christmas present, you can use red, green, gold, and white or silver. 4 shades of the same color also look great together.Thanks!
QuestionIf I don't have thread, can I use yarn?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, yarn makes the bracelet thicker and softer to wear.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I keep the strands tight so that the design isn't loose when I weave the bracelet?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAfter a few strands, pull the strands at the end.Thanks!
QuestionDo I repeat the steps over and over until I like it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRepeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach your desired length. Then end the bracelet with a knot or add a clasp.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use satin ribbon, even if it is a little wide?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI wouldn't recommend it because the satin might not tie together as thick as you'd like, but it doesn't hurt to try it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat type of string should I use?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerColored hemp rope is recommended because it has a sturdier material and doesn't unravel unlike yarn does.Thanks!
QuestionWould it still look good if I used elastic strands?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt could, but it depends on your personal tastes, so I would try it out.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I wear the bracelet if it has no lock?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou have to tie it onto your wrist or your ankle using both ends of the material. I recommend a slip knot.Thanks!
QuestionWill this work with embroidery floss?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, if you like the colors, but it will take a little longer. Most embroidery floss is shiny, so just make sure you find colors that look good together before you start making your bracelet.Thanks!
Why did the instructions say use blue and black but the actual demonstration used yellow and orange yarn?
Can you update the instructions to be more in sync with the video you provided, so that the colors are the same?
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- Choose interesting color combinations for unique and beautiful bracelets. You can use as many different colors as you have strands, so let your imagination go wild.
- Remember, its better to have too much excess string than not enough!
- For a thinner bracelet, use less string, or for a thicker bracelet, use more. You can also use thicker string to start with, or combine thick and thin for an interesting look.
- The bracelet pictured here was loosely braided. Depending on your preference, you can braid yours as tightly or as loosely as you would like.
- You can add beads in between every couple braids.
- If you want to just be able to slip it on your wrist without any fuss, then measure the bracelet so that it is just a little bit bigger than your wrist.
- If you don't feel like taping the strands, just wrap another around them tight enough so that it stays, but should be loose enough so that you can take it off when you are done.
Video: 4 strand flat braid
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