I love.love making friendship bracelets of all shapes, colors and styles. I wanted to make a thick double chevron design for a boy and found this awesome pattern online with great directions! This design, 4 colors, 16 threads took me about a week and a half to finish so provide yourself ample time to get the job done (and with allowance for some messups and tedious unthreading!) Be meticulous about the directions for the first two rows and then your fingers will start to get the jist of the thang!
Step 1: Cut two strands of each color to desired length. For this particular pattern, 65 inches will produce approximately a 6 ½ inch (including loop and knot) tight bracelet
Step 2: Fold strands in half and make a loop and knot at the top. Pin the knot to your workstation pillow. I found this SUPER helpful and easy to disguise when you're halfway through with the design that hides behind a decorative bed pillow wee!
Step 3: Number and arrange colors in the following order: 1234 4321 1234 4321. The outer strands, let's say blue, will be used first. Don't worry, you'll get into the swing and this pattern will be circling in your head til the cows come home.
Step 4:Starting with the far right blue strand, make three backward knots.
Step 5: Using the middle gold strands, make one forward knot to join. With the center right gold strand, make four forward knots, with the last knot joining the blue strands. Your color pattern should now be 1234 4321 2341 1432.
Step 6: With the blue strand left in the middle, make three backward knots.
Step 7: With the far left blue strand, make four forward knots to join the blue strands. Your color pattern should now be 2341 1432 2341 1432.
Step 8: Repeat from Step 4 until you have reached your desired length.
There are more step by step pics on the website if you think you need more help! I love the time and heart put into making such simple bracelets, often means more than what money and even words can sometimes accomplish...
I hope he likes this one!