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(( How To... )) Estimating String Lengths

A lot of people ask how long the strings should be so I decided I should make a tutorial on it so maybe it will help some people.

Bracelet Closures

The average string length is usually 30" to 40" or 60" to 70" folded in half.


If you start with a buckle, you want to add 2 or 3 more inches to the strings making the buckle. If you just start with a loop but no buckle, you don't need to add any string.


If you start with braids at the beginning and end, you want to add about 6 to 12 inches. Make the knot about 3 to 6 inches from the end before you start the bracelet so you have enough string to braid with.

Pattern types

Bigger vs. smaller
Smaller patterns are going to use less string than bigger more complex patterns.


If the pattern you have chosen has diamonds in it like pattern #66581, you are going to need to add more inches to the strings making the diamonds.


Kumihimo bracelets don't take up as much string as normal patterns. You usually need about 20 to 25 inches for them. Again depending on how you start and finish the bracelet.


The base strings of a multi colored alpha needs to be about 2 to 3 inches bigger than your wrist plus how you start or end. For the background colors, I usually just use the whole skein.
For 2 color alphas, the base strings need to be about 30 to 40 inches and the background needs to be the whole skein.

Wrist size

If you have a bigger than average wrist, you may need to add more string than if you have a smaller wrist. Then you may have to take away some string. The best way to tell is to cut string and make a bracelet and see if you had more or less than needed. Then you can get a better estimate of how much you need.

I hope this helped and feel free to edit anything or add anything I missed


The original author of this tutorial is wildcattz98 but it was also edited by Kestrel and iheartmrbump.

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