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How to Make a Peruvian Wave Friendship Bracelet

Nicola is a wife to one, a mother to two, and a stepmother to three. She enjoys music, crochet, cooking, and exercise.

The Peruvian wave

The Peruvian wave

Wave Bracelet Pattern

Having written an article recently about making the most simple friendship bracelet, I wanted to quickly follow it up with my favorite friendship bracelet design. It is a design that I was not aware of way-back-when in school, when making these bracelets was so popular. The design is also surprisingly simple. I taught the technique to a group of 8-10-year-olds, and they picked it up easily.

I'll have you knotting in no time!

Materials Needed

  1. 4 or more different colors of embroidery floss
  2. Tape or a clipboard
  3. Scissors
  4. Depending on your taste, a thicker piece of cord, string, or even a shoelace.

The great thing about this project is that it is inexpensive. Most people already own scissors and tape, and embroidery floss is only $0.49 a roll at Michaels.

You will need embroidery floss, scissors and tape.

You will need embroidery floss, scissors and tape.

Step 1: Cut Your Thread

Cut approximately 30 inches of each color of embroidery floss. Like with the simple Friendship Bracelet in my other article, the more threads you use, the thicker your bracelet will be. Today, I used four threads, but admittedly, that made a very thin bracelet.

You will be tying these threads to one central cord. Once you get the hang of this, you'll be able to make an informed choice about the thickness of this central cord. As you'll see, a thicker cord will give you a bigger bump in the bracelet. But you can simply use a piece of embroidery floss for now. This central piece can be much shorter—long enough to fit around your wrist and tie off.

Step 2: Tie a Knot and Lay Out Your Colors

Hold all your embroidery floss as well as the central cord of your choice and tie a knot, leaving a two-inch tail. Tape the knot down to a flat surface and lay your threads out. Alternatively, use a clipboard to hold the knot in place while you work the bracelet.

Your central cord (the cord to which all your embroidery floss will be tied) should lay on the far right, and your other strings should be laid out in an order that you find visually appealing.


Step 3: Forward Knots

Start by tying a double knot with the string closest to your central cord. The trick is to make a "4" with the strings.


Step 4: Tie a Double Knot

Holding the central cord firmly in your right hand, pull the tail of that first strand under and through the hoop. Do this twice.


Step 5: Move It Off to the Right

Take the string that you've just double-knotted over the central cord and move it off to the right.


Step 6: Move On to the Next Strand

Now double knot the next strand over the central cord. Tie the knot loosely so that you get a nice bump.


Step 7: Backward Knots

In the picture below, I've completed my first set of knots onto the central cord. Now it's time to work backwards and tie each strand back onto the central cord.

To do that, you'll need to make a backwards "4" and tie each strand loosely onto the central cord, starting with the strand closest to the central cord.


Step 8: Continue and Tie It Off

Below, I've completed six sets—forward, backward, forward, backward, etc. Do this until the bracelet reaches the desired length.

To close the bracelet, tie a knot using all the strings.



The bracelet below uses 8 strands of embroidery floss, making a wider, more vibrant bracelet.

Different types of friendship bracelet patterns

Different types of friendship bracelet patterns

Double Central Cord

The brown, black, red and white bracelet on the right of this picture uses two thick central cords, giving the bracelet a double bump.

To do this, knot your thread onto the first central cord and then onto the second. Just make sure you allow for the extra embroidery floss needed to cover both cords. Add another 10 inches or so to be on the safe side.

Questions & Answers

Question: How long did it take you to make this Peruvian Wave Friendship bracelet?

Answer: An experienced artist can knock one of these up in about 10 minutes. Myself, a tiny bit longer.

Question: In step 7 aren't those knots called forward? I thought backward knots are the ones where you put the strand you are tying behind the one you are tying it around.

Answer: Yes, you're probably right. I used the term 'backward' to illustrate that one must work in one direction and then work back in the other direction.


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 24, 2015:

This reminds me of my youth, when I've made tons of friendship bracelets as a hobby and didn't sell them. I wish I did, since I love my designs and the kit. Voted up for awesome!

Nicola Kendall (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 03, 2012:

You're very welcome. :)

cool on September 03, 2012:

Really awesome bracelet! Thank you!

Nicola Kendall (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 10, 2012:

Thank you! I have a few more design ideas. I better get working.

lzlpio90 on July 10, 2012:

This one is pretty simple and cute!!!

Hope you make more tutorials like this one! definitely reading more of your hubs! :))

Nicola Kendall (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 09, 2012:

Points taken, Paul. Thank you.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on July 09, 2012:

I was looking at new hubs and saw this. It's a really great hub. Excellent instructions and love the pictures. The full width images with the instructions underneath is top notch.

I want to offer two tips. A more price title like "how to make a peruvian wave friendship bracelet" is a bit more precise and reader friendly. Lastly, make sure the amazon products are directly matched to the hub. Offering products from amazon for the string, scissors and tape will be well received.

I really love the hub!