12 Days of Christmas, day 7: free friendship bracelet patterns

Give a few and keep some more for yourself. These quick and easy friendship bracelets from Kirstie McLeod will keep you, hooky and all your pals happy this weekend!

■ Rowan, Handknit Cotton (50g/85m, 100% cotton) 1 ball of each: Bleached (263), Gooseberry (219), Sugar (303), Slate (347)
■ A 4.5mm (US 7) hook ■ 2 glitter beads ■ Bracelet fastening ■ 6 assorted buttons

Using colours of your choice, make three lengths (one in each colour) as follows. Leaving a long tail end, work a chain length for 30cm using a 4.5mm hook. Fasten off yarn, leaving a long tail.
Plait together the chain lengths, being sure to plait together the yarn at the beginning and end of the chain. Slip the beads on the end of the chain plait. Make a small loop with the yarn plaits and secure the unused ends to
the inside of the plait. Sew the fastening to the yarn plaits.

Using colours of your choice and a 4.5mm hook, ch31, ss into the first ch to form a ring. round 1 Ch1, work 1dc into the next 10 ch, ch21, ss into the first dc. Rep this round 14 more times. Fasten off the yarn.
Sew the buttons to the double crochet section in the centre of the bracelet.