This is part 3 of my double braid tutorials, on the hollow, or tubular version of the double braid. [Part 1 – Basic instructions, and Solid Rectangle double braids; Part 2 – Flat double braids.] No video in this tutorial—it’s not needed, as the method is so similar to making a flat double braid.
Two-worker loop braids; multi-person fingerloop braids; team braids, double braids—whatever term you use, these are the braids that are tantalizingly out of reach for most loop braiders, because the traditional methods for making them require two (or more) braiders working together on one braid.
Advanced finger loop braiding: If you are already comfortable braiding 7-loop square braids, this seven-loop spanish braid might be fun to try next. It has twice as many loop transfers as a square braid (and they are done differently than you might expect!)
[Video tutorial below; Text instructions for the 7-loop (single braider) and 14-loop (two-braider) braids here; My 14-loop solo-braider method here ; Why "Spanish?" structural and historical musings here]
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0:00 Intro and setup (overly long! Skip to 5:45 for braiding moves for a divided braid)
5:45 Basic braiding moves, making a divided version of the braid (the loop is not turned over while being moved). This creates a loop/ buttonhole into the start of your braid.
17:47 Beginning of braiding a “solid” braid (each loop gets a turn when it is moved). This connects the upper and lower layers of the braid, making a solid, rectangular braid, twice as wide as a square braid.
In the video I am making the “Lopsided Crowns” color pattern. In the picture of the two sample braids below, that pattern is next to the biggest bunch of loop-ends. Continue reading