Friendship Bracelet Tutorial: 4 sided braid

3-D Braid Friendship bracelet

As promised the tutorial for the 4 sided braid!

I tried explaining it in a comment on Flickr but then I figured it would be best just to write up a tutorial for those who want to make one! I learned this back in grammar school – it's amazing I still remember it!

Colors for 3-D braid

Start with 5 colors. I decided to use white twice.

Make Strands into Loop

Figure out how long you want your bracelet, neclace, anklet, etc and cut your string double the size with a few extra inches for knotting. Once all strands are cut lay them out looping them.

Neatly tie off the other end and secure them to something that won't move so your strands will be nice and taught around your fingers. 

Step 1: Hold Loops Taught

Loop the yarns around your fingers like above – 3 colors in your left hand around the ring, middle and pointer – two colors in your right, around the middle and ring – leaving your right pointer free.

Weave the right pointer through the strands on your left hand going over and under each "strand".

Step 2: Weave finger through strands

Once your finger is worked through, you are going to hook your finger around the last "strand" and pull through the loops to your other hand. 

Step 3: Hook the last yarn and pull through

Pull apart your hands to set the braid at the top. You will now have 2 loops in your left hand and 3 in your right. (ETA: Shift the loops to your middle and ring finger, freeing the pointer.) Using the free pointer finger in your left hand you are going to weave it through the strands on your right like you did above. Repeat the process until you have the length you want.

Let's make this easier – here's the video!

4 Sided Braid Tutorial from Margaux Hufnagel on Vimeo.

This bracelet doesn't take long to make and I bet once you learn how you'll be whipping out 4 to 5 a day! ;-) Enjoy making them and reliving your early teen and camp days!

16 thoughts on “Friendship Bracelet Tutorial: 4 sided braid

  1. Erin says:

    Oh boy, you may have created one monster and rekindled another! Keziah and I watched this together and we already have plans for a coordinating set.


  2. Sara says:

    Great tutorial! I used to make this all the time as a kid. My two favorite ways to secure the ends while working: 1) safety pin the work to the knee of my jeans 2)place the knot under the clip on a clipboard. Thanks for the reminder of this fun craft.


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  4. Beth O says:

    Driving me nuts – trying to recreate these (they were second nature to make when I was 12!) but I keep coming up with two side by side braids. What am I doing wrong??


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