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You may not have heard, but the immensely popular Hunger Games trilogy is releasing the first movie in what will be an immensely popular cinematic series. Someone in this house is literally counting down the days until we can see Katniss and Peeta on the big screen.
We thought it would be nice to make some woven “Team Peeta” bracelets to wear to the show. The guys on the beach in Mexico can knock those things out in 10 minutes, so they can’t be that difficult, right?! I laugh at your innocence.
After deciding on our phrases and purchasing our embroidery thread, I sat down to do a little research. The more information I found, the more confused I became. At one point, I looked up and realized everyone else had gone to bed and it was well after midnight….and I had not even begun the Team Peeta bracelet.
I finally finished one bracelet and now I feel like I have the hang of it. If I do a few hundred more, I might get my time down to an hour per bracelet. We are determined to complete our entire plan, so check back around the 23rd for updated pictures!
I am going to attempt to break it down into easy steps, but if you are confused about anything, please leave a question in the comments. I will try to clarify where I can.
After you have done the entire row (8 strings), you will be ready for the Right to Left reverse knot. This knot puts the background color on top. (Notice a trend? L-R forward and R-L reverse do the same thing.) Form the strings into a reverse 4, pull tight and repeat.
The next knot is the Left to Right reverse knot. When moving from left to right, this knot will bring up the letter color. Make a backwards 4 (letter color on top), pull tight and repeat.
The final knot is a Right to Left forward knot. It is used to bring the letter color to the front when you are moving from the right to left. It is simply a number 4 (letter color on top), pulled tight and repeated.
When you are bringing forward the letter color, it helps to pull the threads at a 45 degree angle. I’m not sure why, but it does make a difference!
Those four knots are all you need to know to make an alphabet bracelet. I recommend that you cut some short strings and get comfortable with the knots before you start on your bracelet. It takes some time to get a feel for how tight you should pull the threads to prevent warping.
Please see this post for info on how to write and read your pattern