DIY : Chinese Staircase bracelet

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Steps

1  Choose your thread. You can use embroidery floss, plain yarn, or any other medium-to-thick string. You’ll need three strands

2 Cut your thread. Cut a little more than you need rather than too little; remember that you can always cut more thread off if you need to. Wrap the thread about three to four times around your wrist or ankle. This should give you a pretty close guess of how much thread you’ll need.

Start your bracelet. Double-knot the three strings together at one side, so they stay together. This will be the first knot of your bracelet.

Stabilize your bracelet. As you tie the bracelet, you’ll need the end to be tied down somehow so that your knots maintain consistent tension. You can tape the knotted end onto the edge of a table .

Loop the first color. Hold two strings in one hand and the other string in the other hand. Cross the one string over and under the two. (It might look something like a ‘4’ shape.)

6  Pull the thread through the loop. Take the tail, or end, of the ‘4’ by putting your hand in the wide space of the ‘4’ and pull the tail. As you tie the knot, pull the two strings in one hand vertically (downward), or parallel to your leg or the table. Pull the string with which you tied the knot horizontally, or perpendicular to your leg or the table. The knot will rise to the top, next to the first knot that you tied.

Keep tying. Repeat the loop and the pull-through 10 to 15 times, then switch colors. As you stitch down the bracelet make sure that the pattern is curving nicely and looks like a spiral staircase.

Stop when the bracelet fits. When the bracelet can fit around your wrist or ankle loosely, so you can take it off and put on, stop tying.

9Finish off. Tie the tail in a double knot, and tie the two ends of the bracelet together.

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