(( Patterns )) Multi-Colored Alpha Bracelets
|Table of contents||1. Introduct|
2. Simple 2-color alpha
3. Simple vertical string substitut
5. String substitut
6. Multiple letter strings
7. Combining the methods
This tutorial is supposed to teach you how to make multicolo
(See the tutorial Alpha/let
Simple 2-color alpha
Now, recall how to make alpha bracelets
What does the "down" arrow mean? If you are doing a row of forward knots, the "down" arrow means to do a backward knot. If you are doing a row of backward knots, the "down" arrow means to do a forward knot. It should be clear if you know how to do two-color
TWO COLORED ALPHA
Take as many base-stri
Take a large string, or a whole skein of floss, and tape the end down. Make a forward knot onto the first base-stri
*For a nice clean edge you can also use a BF-knot.
Keep making forward knots with the long string, also called backgroun
When you reach (in the pattern) a square with a different color, you need to make a knot with a base-stri
Change back to knotting forward knots with the long string as soon as you reach a square with the first color again.
*Make sure that the base-stri
At the end of the row: Change direction with the long string: proceed with a backward knot onto the first base-stri
*For a nice clean edge you can end the first row with a FB-knot and start the next row also with a FB-knot.
Keep knotting backward knots till you reach a square with the second color. Make a forward knot with the next base-stri
*Try to keep the knot as close to the previous row as possible by holding the long string horizonta
Change back to knotting backward-
At the end of the row you change direction with the long string again. Start the third row with a forward knot.
*To make a nice clean edge you can end the row with a BF-knot and start the third row also with a BF-knot.
Keep knotting like this till the bracelet is long enough, every uneven row like row 1 and every even row like row 2.
Simple vertical string substitut
Now, the task here was to make a pattern with more than 2 colors. We begin with the simplest case: arranging your "letter strings" or "base strings" in this order: light blue, red, green, dark blue, light blue. That will make this result:
This is the most simple version of multicolo
d color substitut ion
Now we are going to make things a little more difficult for us. The "backgroun
You can also do this without adding or removing any thread. Before you begin tying, replace the leftmost blue string with a yellow one. Replace the last (left most) knot on the second row with a forward-b
ion during tying
Now we have done two kinds of multicolo
Setup the strings as you want to make an ordinary bracelet with only blue squares (like the first example I made in this tutorial)
The method is simple. Just sneak in a yellow thread when it is time to make a yellow knot. Take a look at the image below.
Let's go through the steps, beginning on row 6 from right to left.Row 6
1. An orange knot is made with an ordinary backward knot to the left.
2. The orange string that you just used is brought aside. Instead, a yellow string is brought in. Use it to make backward knots onto the three blue strings in the middle.
3. Now it's time for an orange knot again. The yellow string is brought aside. Where is the orange string now again? It is way out to the right. Solution: just jump over the latest 3 yellow knots on the back of the bracelet to reach its home again. Make a backward knot.
4. Make an ordinary forward knot with the orange backgroun
5. Put the orange thread aside and bring in the yellow one again. Make a forward knot with the yellow thread.
6. Put the yellow string aside. Jump over the last knot with the orange string and make an orange forward knot.
7. Put the orange string aside again. Use the yellow thread and make a forward knot.
8. Put the yellow string aside. Make an orange knot with the orange string.
The loose yellow thread needs to be fastened before it is introduce
There will also be loose strings when jumping here and there with the different strings. There is nothing to do really, and it does not matter if they hang a bit loose on the back of the bracelet.
In the tutorial, I talk about putting strings aside. What I mean is that the string should be pulled to the back of the bracelet (from you, not towards you). If you do the opposite, then the loose threads will be visible in the nice side of the bracelet, and that is not really the goal.
Multiple letter strings
The key thing about this method is replacing one letter string with several strings. In the example I will show you, I will add one blue with a blue string and a yellow one.
When the letter strings are two, it is very easy to choose between them when it is time to make a letter colored knot. In the image above, these knots are recognize
You can replace a string with three or even more other strings. The backside of this is that the bracelet can become thick and the knots may be deformed.
Combining the methods
The methods are usually combined to make it easier and to save string.explanati
Start the first row from left to right, making forward knots onto the base-stri
*Tape the end of the knotting-
*You can attach all of the base-stri
When the bracelet is finished you can simply remove the stick again and make the braids.
*Don't knot the first rows to tight: You need a little space inbetween the base-stri
Second row: Make a backward knot with the dark-oran
After that first knot you need to add a new color, blue in this case:
-Tape the end of the blue string down.
-Take the blue string and put it behind the first base-stri
-Make a backward knot onto the next base-stri
*Pull the dark-oran
Keep knotting backward knots with the blue till you need the dark-oran
Add the dark-oran
-Take the dark-oran
-Make a backward knot onto the next base-stri
-Pull the blue string gently.
*Don't make the first half of the knot too tight: That'll shorten the part of the dark-oran
Third row: Make forward knots again, same as in row 1.
Change colors like you did before: a new color comes from behind, and goes over the last used knotting-
Fourth row: Make backward knots again, same as row 2.
Proceed like this, always all forward knots in uneven rows, and all backward knots in even rows.
This video is extremely helpful! :)
Here's a short video that shows how to change colors in a multicolo
The original author of this tutorial is Stefan, but it has also been edited by Foz, Gracie04, carson, Jeckle, iluvmyspud, Lovemenot, Darqflame, eternity26, Sareana, cupcakefriends, Whyknots, myanichole12, x3peacex3, Just_Ice, lorie, Dodadoo, ririttt, BeautyBracelets, k_marie, Kestrel, moderna2009, kleinevos and Srch4Nvrland. The tutorial was last updated 10 months ago.