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Exact center-start
This method will place your center-start at the exact center-point of your loop-bundle. The join area here won’t be completely invisible, but it won’t be as obvious as the “handshake join” above. (The most seamless-looking join is the Seamless/ Two Combs variation of the Basic Center-start.)

Make all but one of the loops separately, and full-length – as long as needed for the whole extra-long braid, plus extra for take-up. Then make the last loop out of two half-length loops linked together, “handshake” style: Tie one half-length into a loop, then thread the other half-length through that loop and tie it.

Now you have two half-length loops linked together. The two half-length loops must be the exact same length. Linked together, they must add up to the same length as your other loops–for that reason you’ll probably have to cut them a tiny bit longer than half the length of the others. (Unless you follow my hint two paragraphs down for making each loop in the braid out of two lengths of yarn.) Stretch all the loops out together, treating the two linked loops as if they were one long loop (make sure their knots are at the far ends of the eventual braid, not in the middle).

At only one end of this long bunch of loops, pass a temporary header string through all the loops, and tie it into a loop. Suspend this header-loop onto a fixed point. Or, instead of a header-loop, just suspend the ends of all the loops themselves all together around a fixed point.

You will be braiding at quite a distance from that fixed point, so make sure you have enough room. Start braiding. Gradually, over the first several braiding moves, the loops will all get caught up at the join between the two linked loops, and the braid will begin forming from that exact center-point of the loop-bundle. When you have finished braiding the first half, remove the header cord and tie the finished half of the braid itself onto the fixed point for braiding the other half. Tighten well on the first few moves, to avoid any gappy threads at the center-point of the braid.

Hint: the easiest way to measure out the loops for this start is to cut two strands (all the same length) for each of the long loops as well as for the one “handshake”-linked loop. Just as if you were making bicolor loops, even if the loops are single-color loops. Make each long loop from two lengths of yarn, tied together at each end. Then use two of the lengths to make the two short linked loops as described above. Tie all the knots carefully, leaving ‘tails’ of exactly the same length to each knot. This way, the long loops and the double (linked) loop will all end up the same length automatically, so you don’t have to fuss to get the two shorter loops to add up to the same length as all the long loops. A few more knots to tie, but easier and quicker overall.

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Last updated June/13/2018

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