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Interlaced Plaits

Interlaced Plaits

Description: Interlaced Plaits are also called braids They can be used for Macrame jewelry and other projects that require a long, flat knotted 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 shown is frequently used in hairstyles, and is called the King Solomon Plait.  

The second design described below is the Woven Plait, which features multiple cords. It's constructed differently, by weaving the cords instead of crossing them.

The third type of plait described on this page is called the Braid Knot. The ends come out of the braid at each end, making it a great option for casual necklace designs, belts, or bracelets.


King Solomon Plait

King Solomon Plait

  Three Cords

Step 1: Secure 3 cords to your board, and mentally number them, moving left to right.

I use different colors for instruction purposes. I recommend you do the same when you practice these Interlaced Plaits.


  Cord 3

Step 2:  Move Cord 3 to the left, over cord 2. 

It should rest between cords 1 and 2.


  Cord 1
  Step 3: Move Cord 1 to the right, over cord 3.

It should rest to the left of cord 2.

Cord 3 should now be on the left.

  Cord 2

Step 4: Use cord 2, since it's on the right now.  Bring it left, so it rests between cords 1 and 3.

To continue, keep alternating between the cord on the left, and the one on the right. 

Make sure the cord you are working with always comes to rest between the other two cords.



Tighten the Interlaced Plait as you progress, by pulling on the ends firmly.

Holding the plait in your hands while it's constructed really helps to form a neater design.

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Woven Plait (Multiple Cords)

Plait With Multiple Strands

This type of Interlaced Plait is tied a bit differently than the King Solomon braid.

You use 4 or more cords to make rows of weaving. Using separate colors really helps when learning this technique.

  Six Cords  

Step 1: Secure 4 to 6 cords to your project board, so they are vertical.


  Weave Cord 6  

Step 2: Weave the cord furthest to the right through the other cords, heading left (on an angle).

The weaving pattern should begin by passing under the cord that's resting to the left of the one you are using.


  Weave Cord 5  

Step 3: Use the cord furthest to the right again, weaving towards the left, through the other five cords (include the cord used in step 2).

The weaving pattern is the same as in step 2.


  Weave Cord 4  

Step 4: Continue on, always using the cord furthest to the right.

As you weave it to the left, always start by passing under the cord next to it.

Make sure you include the cords used previously.


  Interlaced Plait   Interlaced Plaits should be tightened as you progress rather than at the end.

In this design, pulling down on each of the vertical cords works the best. 

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Braid Knot

Braid Knot

The Braid Knot is a unique Interlaced Plait I've only seen in one book so far.

The process is similar to the King Solomon braid, but only one cord is required.

It's tied around a loop, which makes it suitable for a necklace or belt. 

The ends of the cord come out at the top and bottom, so you can use them to form a clasp.


You need one cord at least 60 inches long. Secure one end to your Project board or table surface.
  Loop = Size of Sennit  

Step 1: Make a large loop in the center of the cord, crossing right over left. The left portion is considered the working end.  Secure the other end to your board.

The length of this loop (top to bottom) determines the size of the Braid Knot.  Since you are just practicing, make the loop 6 inches long.


  Working End Thru Loop  

Step 2: Pass the working end through the top part of the loop, at the crook.

Move it through the area under - over (from below)

Secure it just above the loop.


  Three Segments  

Step 3:  Mentally label the two sides of the loop, left and right. The working end is the third segment (E).

Start with the right half of the loop and move it  towards the left. 

It's already between the other two segments, so only needs to be moved slightly.


  Move Left Part of Loop  

Step 4: Cross the left half over the right, so it rests to the left of the working end.


  Move The End  


Step 5: Cross the working end over the left half, so it's between the two parts of the loop.



Important: As you continue, alternate between the portion that's resting on the left and the one on the right.  

The segment you work with needs to rest between the other two.

There will be unwanted twists below the area where you are working.

Pull out the END at the bottom first. Then straighten out the bottom portion of the loop.

You can hold the knot in your hand if that makes it easier to straighten the loop when it's needed. 

Make sure you tighten as you progress, since Interlaced Plaits look better when firm.


  Pass End Through Loop  

Step 6: Continue on until you have about an inch left.

Move the SECURED end through the area at the bottom of the loop over - under (from the top).


  Completed Knot   The ends can now be used to form a clasp when using the Braid Knot for a bracelet or belt.

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