How to Make a Zolino Friendship Bracelet

Zolino Friendship Bracelet












This Zolino friendship bracelet is cute isn’t it?

It is knotted differently than your typical floss friendship band. See how there are distinct shapes? Kind of like overlapping squares. It’s called a “zolino” after the person that designed it originally.

There is a video below, and you’ll also see written instructions. I hope they aren’t too confusing!

What You Need to Make the Zolino Bracelet:

friendship bracelet instructions

  • Embroidery floss or yarn in different colors.The example bracelet in the video uses 6 colors

    Variations: You can use as many color’s as you want . With more colors you use the wider the bracelet will be

    You can also use less colors. If you use two pairs of colors or 2 different colors half the triangle would be of one color while the other half the other color.

    For the bracelet in the video you need 1 pair for each color (ie two strings) per color.
    Cut your strings to approx. about 60″ to 65″.

Zolino Bracelet Instructions, Notes and Tips

SETUP: 1 2 3 4 5 6 (Middle) 6 5 4 3 2 1

(For 8 Color’s) : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (Middle) 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Step 1: Separate the thread into 2 groups and find the center.
Put the right most section aside and work with your left most section first

Step 2: Starting with your far left string make 5 forward knots in this case. (If it was with 8 string’s then it would be 7 forward knot’s) on the remaining strings.

Step 3: Take your next color in line and work your way with 4 forward knots making sure not to knot/tie it on the thread you just worked with previously.

Step 4: Keep doing this until you run out of colors with the next 3 forward knots, then with 2 FKs And finally with 1.

Step 5: Keep the left section which you just worked with previously to the side and repeat steps 2-4 again with the right section only this time doing backward knots.

Step 6: Bring back both sections and join both strings of the same color from either side with a forward knot at the centre.

Step 7: Again repeat 1 (ie dividing the both into two group) with 1 color on each side.

Step 8 ; Turn the bracelet 90 degrees to the left and pin it to your clipboard.
Repeat steps 2-4

Step 9 Turn the bracelet to the original position. And from then on make another 90 degree turn to the right and pin it to your clipboard.
Repeat steps 2-4

To continue, start from step 1 again and work your way through the whole bracelet accordingly until desired length.


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More Friendship Bracelet Patterns

Here are some related patterns:

More Patterns


Top image is a Zolino friendship bracelet from InfinitxBracelets on Etsy. Don’t want to make a bracelet? You can buy one from her 🙂

This video was made by the very talented Bethan Horton. I just love her British accent. She also makes a lot makeup and hairstyle videos too so be sure to check out her other videos 🙂

About the Author

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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