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Odd

Here’s a tutorial for a very non-traditional 12-loop braid with an unusual number of loop-transfers: Five!

If two braiders were to make it as a team, the right braider would be holding 5 loops and doing regular square braid moves. But the left braider would be making something really weird: A “Square-and-a-Half” braid – a 7-loop braid of three loop-transfers! One more loop-transfer than a square braid, and one fewer than a Spanish or double braid…

Tutorial: 9-loop braids

How to use thumbs to make even bigger and better braids. This has been done historically in (at least) China and Finland, as well as here on this blog. Why let two whole digits go to waste?!