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 Modern Braids


Four Cord Braid

Six Cord Braid
Four Cord Braid
Six Cord Braid


 
Description:   These Modern Braids are not flat like most plaited decorative knots. 

These are round braids, which makes them useful for many Macrame projects, including:
  • Wreaths
  • Pet Leashes or Collars
  • Key chains
  • Paracord Bracelets 

Different colors should be used, as you learn and practice these techniques. 

Make sure you use a project board and pins.
 



Four Cord Braid

Four Cord Braid



Cross Cords

Step 1:  Secure 4 cords to your board 6 - 8 inches from one end of the cords. Mentally number them.

Cross cord 3 over cord 2.

Secure the crossing point to your board.



Cord 4

Step 2:  Move cord 4 (right) under cords 2 and 3, just below the crossing point.

Fold it towards the right, crossing over cord 3.

Secure it between cords 2 and 3.



Important:  The next cord moved is cord 1, so in step 2 it needs to be FREE (not used).  



Cord 1

Step 3:  Move cord 1 under both crossed areas from the previous steps. 

Cross it over the last cord moved, which is cord 4

Secure it between cords 3 and 4.

Cord 2 is the free cord, since it will be used next.
 

 
Helpful Hints: 

  • For the Four Cord variation of Modern Braids, you always pass the new cord under the last crossed area created in the previous step.

  • Always bring it over the cord moved in the previous step, and secure it between that cord and the one next to it.

  • The cords are moved in this order, and then the process repeated:

Cord 4 (right)  -- Cord 1 (left) --  Cord 2 (right) -- Cord 3 (left)


  • The FREE CORD is always the one moved in the next step. 



Cord 2

Step 4:  Move cord 2 under the crossed area made by cords 1 and 4. 

Cross it over cord 1 and secure it so it rests between cords 1 and 4.

Cord 3 is not used in this step.



Cord 3

Step 5:  Move cord 3 into position, under the others. Cross it over cord 2.  Secure it between cords 1 and 2.

Tightening Modern Braids should be done after all the cords are moved, so do so now by pulling on each end.

Repeat the process at least one more time. Cord 4 is next.



Step 6:  You can tie a Square Knot or an Overhand knot at each end, to complete both types of Modern Braids.




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Six Cord Braid

Six Cord Braid



The same concept applies to both Modern Braids: 

One cord at a time is moved under certain cords, and then it's crossed over one or more cords.   This is sometimes called a "Hook".

In this design, the cord being used has to be woven a little more, so it's crossed over - under two cords instead of one. 



Secure 6 individual cords to your board.  You can start by tying a knot if you wish. 

Mentally number the cords, or apply tape with the numbers written on them.


Cord 4

Step 1:  Move cord 4 slightly to the left, over cord 3 and under cord 2

Secure both crossing points, and make sure cord 4 is secured between cords 1 and 2.



Cord 1

Step 2:   Move cord 6 to the side, since it's not used in this step (free).

Move cord 1 to the right, passing it under the lower crossing point from cords 2 and 4.

Pass it under the next two cords (3 and 5).



Cord 1

Step 3:  Move cord 1 back towards the left, passing it  over cord 5 and under cord 3.

It should now be secured between cords 2 and 3.


 
Helpful Hints: 

  • When making Modern Braids, it's important to keep the cords in the correct positions.  So secure each one until you need to move them. 

  • Do not attempt to tighten the braid until all 6 cords have been woven one time (step 9).

  • Always begin each step by moving the free cord to the side.  That's the cord on the opposite side of the one being moved.  

  • The cord that is moved is always the one furthest to the left or right. Alternate from one side to the other.

  • Pass the cord in use under 4 cords next to it.  Hook it over - under two cords.  One of them will be the cord moved in the previous step. 



Cord 6

Step 4:  Move cord 4 to the side (free).

Move cord 6 under 1, 2, 3 and 5, heading left.

Hook it back to the right, passing it over cord 2 and under cord 1

Secure it between cords 1 and 3.



Cord 4

Step 5:  Move cord 5 to the side (free).

Move cord 4 under 1, 2, 6, 3 heading right.

Hook it to the left, over cord 3 and under cord 6

Secure it between cords 1 and 6.




Cord 5

Step 6:  Move cord 2 to the side (free).

Move cord 5 to the left, under the remaining 4 cords.

Hook it to the right, over cord 1 and under cord 4

Secure it between cords 4 and 6.



Cord 2

Step 7:  Move cord 3 to the side (free).

Move cord 2 to the right, under the other four cords.

Hook it to the left, over cord 6 and under cord 5.

Secure it between cords 4 and 5.



Cord 3

Step 8:  Move cord 1 to the side.  It is now in it's original placement on the far left.

Move cord 3 under the other 4 cords, heading left.

Hook it to the right, over cord 4 and under cord 2.

Secure it between cords 2 and 5.



Step 9:  Gradually remove the slack and adjust the pins. 

Do not remove the pins completely, or the cords may slip out of place.


Modern Braids look best if they are long, so repeat steps 2 - 8 one more time.

You can tie a Square or Overhand knot on each end, if you wish to secure the braid.





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