Demo: 12 loop double braid

Here’s a video that shows how I make twelve-loop double braids. (I’m braiding the hollow variation of the braid in this video.) This is the next step up in numbers of loops from the traditional 10-loop double braid.

If you are new to my site, please don’t be put off from loop braiding because this video makes it look too complicated! – I have many tutorials for fun and easy loop braids, see my Tutorials index.

In the first part of the video I show some braids in my twelve-loop double braid sample book.
Here’s a photo of another page from that sample book, showing more 12-loop hollow braids—some with open areas. This photo is also in my Hollow Double Braids tutorial for 6-10 loops:

fingerloop braids, complex, 12 loops, hollow braids, beads, openwork, by Ingrid Crickmore

Hollow double braids of 12 loops, some with open areas. 1 silk buttonhole thread; 2 linen thread; 3&4 embroidery floss + 5/2 perle + viscose; 5 tencel/linen blend + embr.floss + viscose. Metal and enamel inserts in braids 3 and 5

I’m calling this post a demo rather than a tutorial, since it’s pretty minimal — just includes the one video below.
So far, I haven’t been making tutorials for braids of more than 11 loops.* But I decided to put this video up just in case someone might find it useful. This video only demos the hollow braid variation, but flat, solid rectangle, divided, and all the other double braid shapes can be made with this same 12 loop procedure. In braids that have a greater number of transfers than the four loop transfers of a double braid (letterbraids, the Catherine Wheel braid, my various plain weave loop braids, etc), I use very similar methods of holding and shifting the loops.

The 3 braids in the cover-photo for this video are hollow double braids of 12 loops. (If you don’t see a photo of 3 braids above, try refreshing your browser page.) The middle braid has the color-pattern I am braiding in the video. braids in photo: black embroidery floss, white 5/2 perle cotton, gold viscose rayon. I used heavier yarn in the video.

Table of Contents/ video timeline
Drag bubble under video to the time-point you wish to see

0:00 Intro
1:02 Examples in my sample book of various 12-loop double braids.
2:50 Loop setup on the fingers for this particular color-pattern (Edge with 2 contrast loops)
4:19 Braiding moves, first slowly,
5:44 then slightly faster.
6:36 How to check (after final move) to make sure your color-pattern is still in the correct order.
8:34 More braiding (I’m saying ‘no turn’ for the inner transfers, and “Turn” for the outer ones – unfortunately in the soundtrack the “no” is almost silent!)
10:28 Brands of yarn I’m using.
13:54 Parking the loops of the half-done braid on a wide-toothed comb.

If you’ve already learned my solo-braider method for making 10-loop double braids, and my method for braiding 11-loop square braids, this demo should be enough to show you how to combine those techniques in braiding a 12-loop double braid.

For more hollow braid color-patterns, check out my tutorial for 6-10 loop hollow double braids. It includes the set-ups for several different color-patterns, including some with openwork, which can all be expanded to 12 loops.

By mistake, near the end of the video I suggest learning the 13-loop square braid first. I meant to say 11-loop square braid (link above). That’s the one that calls for holding two loops on the little finger, like this 12-loop double braid.

By the way, I’ve realized recently that many youtube viewers of my videos are not aware of my blog, that’s why all the references within the video on how to get here!


*That’s because I doubt they would get used, so I don’t have an incentive to go to all the work of making them. So far I haven’t heard back from anyone adopting/ using my 11-loop braid method, and the youtube statitistics page shows that those videos get almost no use. (That 11-loop technique is basic to any of my braids of more than 11 loops.)

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