Jun 20, 2013

How to Make a Round Braid

I was looking for fun yarn projects to take to Haiti next month, and happily found this technique to make a rounded braid. It’s actually pretty simple to make, you may just have to help young ones get started.

1. Trace any cup to make a circle about 3.5" wide. A little larger or smaller will work too. I used the back of a cereal box.

2. Draw four lines to divide the circle into 8 equal sections. Super precise measurements are not necessary, eyeball guesses will be OK.

3. Cut eight notches out of the circle and add slits. Cut the center hole with a small scissors.

4. Cut 7 equal sections of yarn, about 18" long. If you start with anything longer, the yarn tends to tangle up. Tie one end with a knot.


5. Place the knot in the hole and slide all 7 ends into slots as shown. One will be empty. Align as shown above so that the empty is at the 12:00 position.

6. Take the 4:00 yarn out of it’s slot.

7. Insert the yarn into the 12:00 slot.

8. Rotate the cardboard to the left so that the empty slot now sets at the 12:00 position. Repeat so that the 4:00 yarn is always moving to the empty 12:00. Always rotate the cardboard to the left and repeat, keeping the yarns taut for a neat braid.

 9.  As rotations are made, a braid will start to form underneath.

 10. When the yarn is all used up, tie the end off and enjoy your braided cord!

15 comments:

suzieQ said...

This looks a lot like the spool braids I made as a child...never knew what to do with the braids when I finished, but liked making the braid.
I am planning on exploring your site this summer. I teach reading to k. students and I noticed many of them could benefit from drawing instruction.

Deceptively Educational said...

Great tutorial and I LOVE the final result! I'd love it if you'd share this at the After School Linky Party on my blog on Mondays: deceptivelyedcuational.blogspot.com. Thanks!

Anne Farrell said...

Love this Kathy! Thanks for the detailed instructions. Is this the same or similar to French knitting?

Kathy Barbro said...

I don't know, I've never heard of French knitting. Now I have to Google it. :)

Cynthia Roketa said...

I googled French knitting and it has only one strand, where this has four. They are similar but not the same.

Cynthia Roketa said...

Oops, more than four. But you get the idea.

Anonymous said...

Hello, You can buy a Kumihimo Disk which is the shop bought version of this. It uses a lot more threads though. It comes in differant shapes.

Cassi said...

This is a great tutorial, very easy to understand. I'll be featuring it on The Crafty Crow!

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Cassi! I always love being included on Crafty Crow. Hope you are doing well.

Carft Ideas said...

The steps seemed very difficult at first but when I sat and started making it, it was not so difficult.

Andrei said...

@SuzieQ
According to Kathy what you are supposed to do with this braid is to 'enjoy' it. And keep on enjoying it I suppose. Strangely enough there are couple of functions for this braid; one of which is to use is for rope. Another is to use it for an audio interconnect. Apparently twisting (usually in pairs of wires) helps reject electrical interference. Audio cable makers such as Kimber use braids for that purpose.

@Kathy
I guess this method could be adapted for 6, 7, 8, etc braids?

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Andrei,
I haven't tried versions with more strings, I'd love to know if it works for you or someone else.

Asha Flowers said...

thanks andrei, its very beautiful way.. i knew from you only... wonderful to know the new things. great...thanks

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Sandy said...

I am a nanny to a 5 year old. She has just mastered making loom bands so I am sure this will keep her just as interested. Thank you so much Kathy