(( How to... )) Read Alpha/Letter patterns
This tutorial should teach you how to make patterns (also called Letter-, alphabet- or cross-stitch patterns). These videos below shows you how to do it while the rest of the tutorial tries to explain it.
In this tutorial, we limit ourselves to two colors. We call them letter color (the color of the letters), and background color (color of the rest of the bracelet).
This tutorial will not teach how to make bracelets with more than 2 colors. If you want to make alpha bracelets with more than 2 colors, take a look at Multicolored Alpha patterns. They are explained in the tutorial Multicolor Alpha Bracelets
The knots used are the normal FORWARD knots and the BACKWARD knots. They are slightly inclined in the alpha bracelets compared to the normal fk's and bk's though. If you want to put arrows on them (like in normal patterns), the arrows would be in the horizontal and vertical direction. We will therefore denote these knots left-, right- and downward knots
If you want to make a knot in the background color, you should make one of these left- or right-knots.
If you want to make a knot in the letter color, you should make a downward knot. The downward knot is either a fk or a bk depending on what direction you are tying. Example: Take a look at the image in the next section. On the second row, there are some blue downward knots. They are actually forward knots, because they are made with one blue string coming from above and one orange string coming from the right. On row 3 the blue downward knots are backward knots because we have the orange string coming from left and and the blue one from above.
One way to see it is as you have 2 strings and want to make a forward or backward knot. The only difference from the ordinary fk's and bk's is that the bracelet is tilted 45 degrees.
Imagine you just made the black knot to the left, and that you are going to make a downward knot to the right of it.
Imagine you just made the black knot to the right, and that you are going to make a downward knot to the left of it.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to make the letter A on a bracelet. You may replace the letter A by any other letter (see letter examples further down in this tutorial).
For this pattern, you will need 8 strings in the letter color, and one in the background color.
Start with the blue string to the left and make eight right-knots on top of each letter string. This will be the first row of the pattern in the letter A (see step 1).
Use the same string but change direction and make two left-knots. When you get to the third knot (counting from the right), the A pattern tells us it shall be a brown knot there instead of blue. Just take the brown thread in question and make a left downward knot "on top of" the blue one. You can also see it as making a forward knot just that you have tilted the pattern 45 degrees.
In this way you can choose color of the next knots. Follow the pattern in step 1 until row 2 is finished.
Change direction again and make row 3. Tie right-knots to make blue knots and downward knots to make brown ones. Follow the pattern.
When you've finished the first letter, you can continue with the next. You find suggestions for letters below.
*RULE : If your background is going backwards your brown strings go forward, but If your background strings are going forward Your brown strings will need to go backward.*
Use the alphabet letters above and combine them into a full bracelet saying your name. It can be a good idea to draw your pattern on a square grid paper first. Here is a tutorial with grid papers: Grid papers
1. get 11 strings of different colors
2. tie them together and tape it to a table or put it on a clipboard
3. get a long piece (i mean it LONG) and tape it (or clip it) next to the 11 strings
4. fk 11 across
5. that is the start, i will give you the lines now...
line 1: 11
line 2: 8, 1, 2
line 3: 4, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1
line 4: 3, 1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1
line 5: 3, 1, 3, 2, 2,
line 6: 2, 6, 2
line 7: 1, 1, 1, 1, 4, 1, 2
line 8: 1, 1, 1, 1, 4, 1, 2
line 9: 2, 1, 6, 1, 1
line 10: 9, 1, 1
line 11: 11
The original author of this tutorial is Stefan but it was also edited by Gracie04, CupHearts, iluvmyspud, Kittycat, password1232343, braceletcrazy12, tennischiac95, spiffehgymnast, matiasgroso99, Sareana, funcrazyhelen, Geyn, alexisbadd, Kris10, MashaOrange, piggyfan2, feemis, RockePloeger, Kestrel, k_marie, diana923, MOOONICA, moderna2009, Foz, Braceletdude, Matina, CherryBelle, manejapis, HarleyMama23, heartzeinab, jess0027, kleinevos and Masha_Knots.