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Interlaced Plaits

Interlaced Plaits

Description:  These Interlaced Plaits are basic techniques you can use when you need a long flat braided design.  

These woven patterns are seen in many works of art. The ancient Egyptians were quite fond of them, as were the Romans.

The first braid design shown is frequently used in hairstyles, and is called the King Solomon Plait.  

The second design is the Woven Plait, which features multiple cords.

The third design on this page is called the Braid Knot. It's made with a single cord.



King Solomon Plait

King Solomon Plait

Description:  The easiest of the Interlaced Plaits, this technique features crossing three cords in alternate directions.  

Three Cords

Step 1:  Secure three cords vertically on your board.  They should be at least 18 inches long.

Mentally number them 1 - 3.

Place a pin on cord 2 where you want to start the braiding.

Cord 3

Step 2:  Since Cord 3 is furthest to the RIGHT, move it first, crossing over cord 2.

It should rest between cords 1 and 2.

Cord 1
  Step 3:  The cord furthest to the LEFT is Cord 1, which should be moved between cords 3 and 2.

Designer's Tip:  The concept for this design is that you always move the cord furthest to the right or left between the other two cords. 

Alternate between left and right when choosing which cord to move.

Cord 2
  Step 4:  The cord furthest to the RIGHT is Cord 2, so move it between cords 1 and 3.


Step 5: Continue braiding the cords in the same manner.  Tighten as you progress.

Cord 3 is the next one moved, since it's furthest to the LEFT. 



Woven Plait

Woven Plait

Description:  This type of braid is different than the other Interlaced Plaits on this page.   It features weaving several cords through each other moving in one direction. Since you use a different cord each time, the weaving alternates to form the design shown above.

Since you can make it any width, it's a great option for simple belts and bracelet designs.

I recommend you use different colors when practicing Interlaced Plaits for the first time.


Step 1:  Arrange 4 or more cords to your board vertically.   

You can use as many cords as you'd like, but there should be at least four.  

Place a pin on the cord furthest to the right, at the place where you want to start.


Row 1

Step 2: Use the cord furthest to the right, weaving it through the other cords.

Start by passing over the cord closest to the one you are using, then alternate under and over the others.

The working cord should be diagonal.

Row 2

Step 3:  Use the cord furthest to the right again, and weave it through the others.

The over - under pattern should be the same. 

The last cord you pass it over or under should be the cord used for the previous row.


Step 4:  Repeat step 3 several more times.

Always use the cord furthest to the right, and make sure the over - under pattern remains the same. 

Tighten the weaving as you progress, by pulling each cord after the new row of weaving is done.



Braid Knot

Braid knot

Description:  The Braid knot is the most unique of the three Interlaced Plaits.  You will basically be tying the King Solomon Plait using a loop rather than three separate cords.

The ends of the cord come out at each end of the braid, which means you can use this design for a belt.   To close it, you simply tie the ends together. 

"Braid Knot" is not the official name for this technique.  Please contact me if you know the real name for it.

Preparation: To practice, you need one cord, at least 60 inches long.   

When using this technique in a project, cut the cord at least 4 x the finished length you plan to make.


Step 1:  Fold the cord at the center and make a large loop, crossing right over left.

The distance between the center and the crossing point will be the finished size of the Braid Knot.  Adjust the size so it's suitable for your project.

When practicing, make the loop 6 inches long.

Left Half

Step 2:  Move the left half of the cord along the right side of the loop.  Pass it under - over the loop near the center fold.  Secure it to your board.

This gives you three segments to do the braiding.  Mentally number the segments left to right.

Segment 1

Step 3:  Start the braiding by moving segment 1, since it's furthest to the LEFT.

Move it left, so it crosses over segment 2.

It should rest between segments 2 and 3 when you are finished.

Segment 3

Step 4:  Now you use segment 3, since it is furthest to the RIGHT.

Move it left, crossing over segment 1, so it rests between segments 1 and 2.

Segment 2

Step 5:  Use segment 2 next, since it is furthest to the LEFT.

Move it right, crossing over segment 3, so it rests between segments 3 and 1.


Designer's Tip:  All three Interlaced Plaits have a specific concept for how they are constructed. 

The concept for this one is that you alternate between the segment furthest to the right or left.   Move it between the other two segments.


Step 6:  As you continue, there will be unwanted twisting near the crossing point of the large loop, forward from where you are working.

Pull the right end of the cord out of the loop and straighten the area.  You will need to do this regularly.


Step 7:  Keep braiding until you can't go any further.

You can tighten as you progress, but chances are you will need to make adjustments.   The area most likely to be loose is where you finish. 

Pull out the slack as needed and do a complete tightening of the entire Braid Knot.


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