The forward knot and backward knot are fundamental knots to master for making friendship bracelets. Luckily, they are super easy knots to make.

This knot is usually made with embroidery floss, but it will work with other types of string too.

On this page you’ll find written instructions and a video too.

Forward Knot (F) Instructions

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Start with the thread on the left (red).

Lay the thread on top of the right thread (white).  This should make the number “4”.

Loop the left thread (red) under the right thread (white) and pull upwards.
Then do it again .

** Very very important!! You need to do this twice or your bracelet will curl!!!

Each F-Knot is a double half-hitch knot. You must repeat this little loopy knot twice. One time is a half-hitch (a.k.a. HH) , twice is a forward knot.

The left thread will now be on the right.

Most Frequently Asked Friendship Bracelet Question of All Time:

Why is my friendship bracelet curling?

Answer: You need to make each knot twice before moving onto the next knot.

More Knots

Forward-Backward Knot (FB):

This knot starts with the first loop of the forward knot and ends with the backward knot.  This means that the thread on the left will stay on the left when the knot is completed.
Watch a video to see how to make a forward-backward knot

Backward-Forward Knot (BF):

This knot is reverse of the FB knot.  It starts with the backward knot and finishes with the forward knot.  The right thread will stay on the right.

Watch the backward-forward knot video.

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Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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