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 Herringbone Braid


Herringbone Braid

Description:  The Herringbone Braid is a very unique way to form a 3-D plait.  When it's finished, there are four sides, so it's not a flat braid. 

This decorative knot is often used in modern hair styles, although it's still considered retro. 

In Macrame, this knot can be used for many purposes, including jewelry designs.  Just learning this interesting braiding technique would be a great children's group project.




Step 1:  To practice the Herringbone Braid, fold 4 cords in half and secure them to your board.   Another option is to secure 8 separate cords without folding.

When using this braiding technique in a Macrame project, you can start by tying a Square Knot.

Label the ends with tape if you can.   You need to keep them in two groups, so label them right 1 - 4 and left 1 - 4, starting from the outside and moving towards the center.

Important:  Always keep the two groups separated, and return the cord you used back to the same side it came from.
 

Left 1


Move the cord on the left (L1) over cords 2 - 3 - 4 on the left.

Move it over cords 4 and 3 on the right.

Move it under cords 4 and 3 on the right, and bring it back to rest next to cord 4 (left).

 


Helpful Hint:  For each step, the cord you are using on one side pass over three cords and under the two cords from the opposite side, closest to the center. 



Right 1

Step 2:  Move the cord furthest to the right (R1) over cords 2 - 3 - 4 on the right, and cords 4 and 1 on the left.

Move it under cords 4 and 1 on the left, and then back to rest next to cord 4 on the right side of the Herringbone Braid.



Helpful Hint:  As you bring the new cord under the two from the opposite side,  one will always be the cord used in the previous step.



Left 2

Step 3:  Move cord 2 on the left, passing over cords 3, 4, and 1 on the left, as well as 4 and 1 on the right. 

Bring it under cords 4 and 1 from the right, and then back to the left next to cord 1.



After a while you won't need to count the 5 cords you pass over, since they all crisscross in the center.

Just bring the new cord being used to the opposite side and focus on passing it under the two closest to the center

That's the most important step of the Herringbone Braid technique.



Right 2

Step 4:  Move cord 2 on the right over all the cords in the center of the design (5 cords).

Bring it under cords 1 and 2 on the left, and back to rest next to cord 1 on the right.



Left 3

Step 5:  Move cord 3 on the left over the cords in the center.

Bring it under cords 1 and 2 on the right, and return it to rest next to cord 2 (left side of Herringbone Braid).



Right 3

Step 6: The next cord to use is cord 3 on the right.

Move it to the left, passing it over the cords in the center and under cords 2 and 3 on the left.



Left 4

Step 7:  Use the final cord on the left (L4) and pass it over the cords in the center.

Bring it under cords 2 and 3 on the right and back to the left.



Right 4

Step 8: The final cord on the right is next (R4), so move it over the cords in the center.

Pass it under cords 3 and 4 on the left, and then back to the right.



Step 9:  Remove the slack from each cord by pulling on them, so the crossed areas are close together.

To continue, the next cord would be Left 1, followed by Right 1, and so on.  Stop when the Herringbone Braid is the size you need.

The best way to secure the braid is to use two cords to tie a Square Knot around all the others.





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