@cwispy2294 to make a triangle/teardrop start, let's first deal with an even amount of colors, just using 4 "A" strings and 4 "B" strings. Since they should be double the length needed, you actually have 2 super long strings of each color. Fold one "A" in half, then thread one "B" through that loop so they're folded around each other... now you basically have 2 same-color strings on opposite sides. Do that again. Then for the remaining odd strings, one will just have to be folded into the loop with a extra "tail" hanging out for a bit, and the other string can be used to make the larks head knot and start covering the other strings for the loop. Once the loop is secured, you'll just have to cut off those little stray odd ends when you start making the pattern. It's kind of awkward, but it's the only way I know to do it. 🙈 Also, Empatheo on YouTube has some great tutorials on different types of loops and starts for uneven patterns.