Summer, for the 10-and-under set, has always meant time to make friendship bracelets. But even adults may find this kind of micro-macrame surprisingly relaxing—and stylish. A few things you might have forgotten since those rainy camp afternoons spent busily knotting a bracelet or an anklet for your BFF du jour: Each string represents a stripe in the bracelet; arrange and tie them in the order in which you want them to appear. For wider stripes, place same-color strings next to each other (you can also go monochromatic). Start with much longer pieces than you think you'll need—all the knotting significantly shortens each strand, and it's easier to trim to fit than to start over. For a diagonal pattern, cut a little more than 35 inches and knot one end to start (or cut 70 inches, then fold in half and tie a loop). For a chevron, start with 70 inches, fold in half, and tie a loop.
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