Triangular fingerloop braids of 9 and 7 loops

A Triangular Braid

This is an easy, two-pass braid similar to a square braid, but with three sides rather than four. I’ve made one video each for 5-loop, 7-loop, and 9-loop Triangle braids!
This more triangular braid has some color-patterns that are very different from the equivalent Square or D-shaped braids…

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 thumbs.

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…

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.

Bicolor loop magic (tutorial)

Bicolor loops are loops made out of two colors, tied or linked together. They can create very different braid patterns than the patterns you can get from single-color loops. Tutorial and tips for using bicolor loops, including 3 basic bicolor pattern variations that can be made with 5 or more loops, and how to switch between patterns within one braid…