@Lacker1105 i would recommend starting at the very beginning of the pattern if you’re new to bracelets. so at the top, you would do four forward knots and four backward knots because that’s what you can see in the very first row of the pattern. hope this helps!
@someone12 I don't think it's needed but you could do partial straight edges by doing bf/fb knots at the edge where there are two strings of the same colour. I tried partial straight edges on another pattern and it's already very effective.