17th Century alphabet braid, letter braid, original variation by Ingrid Crickmore (18 loops rather than traditional braid's 14 loops) , finger loop braiding, loop manipulation

A couple braids and a poll…

Apr 29, 2013 A few links to new info …and a poll! Short and easy—scroll down my sidebar to see it →. I’m trying to get an idea for which way this blog should be heading. [update – Thanks everybody who filled in the poll! It ran for quite a while and gave me a…

hollow double braid, 9 loops, Edge pattern with mulitcolors

Hollow loop braids

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…

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

Double braid tutorials

Part 1, see also Part 2, on flat, and Part 3 on hollow double braids

Double braids are more complex braids—tantalizingly out of reach for most fingerloop braiders, because the traditional method requires a team of two braiders working together…

7-loop fingerloop braid, "Doug's Braid", made by Ingrid Crickmore

Video for Doug’s braid

Here’s a video to go with my tutorial—a few posts ago—for Douglas Grant’s Round Spanish Braid of 7 loops. The video also demos a new color pattern for the braid. It’s shown above in mercerized cotton sport-weight yarn (elann.com’s Lara). That’s about equivalent to using doubled strands of embroidery floss…

bracelet on teapot

Bracelet with chevrons

Here’s a friendship bracelet video tutorial that also shows how to make my favorite type of color pattern for a square braid: chevrons across bicolor stripes. The bracelet tutorial teaches an easy way to make a lo-tech adjustable closure if your bracelet has a loop at one end. This can be used for any bracelet…

DSCN5191crp2

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. 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 version. You might…