Two loop braids showing variations of the same color-linking pattern

Color-linking in a 7-loop flat braid

This video-based tutorial teaches several color-pattern variations of a 7-loop flat braid with an extra move in some of the loop transfers. It’s a way to link loops of different colors, to force them to stay within one section of the braid, instead of migrating across the whole braid. I taught this earlier for flat double braids–this is the same technique, but here I’m teaching it with the flat variation of a 7-loop square braid.

2 10-loop double braids, solid rectangle shape, bicolor patterns

Double braid tutorials

Part 1, on the “double-square” or rectangular variation
Double braids are twice as complex and beautiful as square braids, but tantalizingly out of reach for most fingerloop braiders, because the traditional method requires a team of two braiders. Here I teach my workaround methods for a single braider to make these traditional 10-loop braids, as well as beautiful 6- and 8-loop versions that don’t require using “too-many-loops”.

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CONTINUE HERE: 7-loop braids

This video teaches fingerloop braiding with 7 loops, showing the divided, square, and flat variations of a 7-loop braid, plus how to unbraid back a few cycles to fix a mistake. Be sure to learn 5-loop square and flat braids first.  Once you’ve braided a few of those you’ll be ready to try this 7-loop…

Unbraiding

Unbraiding is a real time-saver. If you make a mistake that you just can’t “live with,” it’s almost always quicker to unbraid it than to start all over again cutting yarn and setting up for a new braid. Even if you’ve braided an inch or more past the mistake by the time you notice it…

Videos!

Sep 30, 2011 I now (finally) have videos for all three of my square braid tutorials. The introductory level (5- loop braids) tutorial has 4 videos—2 on the square braid and 2 on making a flat, wide variation with a loop/ buttonhole at each end. I made the first two at a super-slow-mo speed that…

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Tutorial: 9-loop braids

Basic intro to using your thumbs in loop braiding. Why let two whole digits go to waste? When I first was shown how to make a 5-loop square braid, the friend-of-a-friend who showed me mentioned nonchalantly that I could braid 7 and 9-loop braids the same way, just by adding more loops and fingers. Photo-tute and videos.