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Wave Braid


Wave Braid

 
Description:  The Wave Braid has a wide curved woven appearance, that can be left open as shown, or tightened more closely. 

This form of braiding can be a challenge.  Focus on understanding the concept as you progress through the steps described below.

Parachute cord (Paracord) was used in the example shown.
 


Step 1:  Secure four 36-inch cords to your board vertically.  There should be a small amount of space between each one.  When practicing, using 4 colors is important.

Mentally number the cords 1 - 4.  Cord 2 remains vertical at all times, and is not moved.  It's considered a holding cord, so you can secure it in two places, with some tension.


Cord 4

Move cord 4 to the left, over cord 3, under cord 2, and over cord 1.

Keep cord 4 horizontal after you are finished.  Secure it if you wish.



Cord 1

Step 2:  Curve cord 1 over cord 2, heading right. 

This is the opposite of the previous cord, which passed under cord 2.

Move it under cord 3.  It should remain horizontal when you are done.



Here is the CONCEPT for the rest of the Wave Braid: 

  • Remember that cord 2 is not used as a working cord, so you will always weave with cords 4, 1, and 3 (in that order).  
  • Important:  After you use a cord, keep it horizontal.  It remains this way for one step, then it is moved vertically again in the following step (towards the front of your board).
  • Alternate the weaving direction each time you move to a new step for the Wave Braid (indicated by the arrows pointing left or right).
  • The first cord you pass under or over will ALWAYS be cord 2.  Focus on making sure the cords alternate over or under it.
  • After you pass over or under cord 2, you will move the cord next to it back to a vertical position (indicated by the arrows pointing downward).
  • The cord you move vertically is the next one used to do the weaving.
  • Tighten and adjust the loops as you progress through the Wave Braid, as well as at the end.



Cord 3

Step 3:  You used cords 1 and 4, so now it's time for cord 3. Move it right to left, passing it under cord 2 (opposite of previous cord).

Arrange cord 4 so it's vertical, then pass cord 3 over it. Keep cord 3 horizontal when you are done.



Cord 4

Step 4:  Next is cord 4 again, but the direction is left to right this time.

Pass it over cord 2.  Arrange cord 1 so it's vertical, then pass cord 4 under it.

Keep cord 4 horizontal after you finish.



Cord 1

Step 5:  Move cord 1 under cord 2, right to left.

Arrange cord 3 vertically, and pass cord 1 over it.

Keep cord 1 horizontal afterwards.



Cord 3

Step 6:  Move cord 3 left to right, over cord 2.

Arrange cord 4 vertically, then pass cord 3 under it.

Keep cord 3 horizontal afterwards.



Cord 4

Step 7:  We're back to using cord 4 again.

Move it right to left, passing under cord 2.

Arrange cord 1 so it's vertical, then pass cord 4 over it.



Designer's Tip:  From here, you repeat the same process (steps 2 - 7).



Repeat step 2

Step 8: Next is cord 1, moving left to right. 

Pass it over cord 2Arrange cord 3 vertically, and pass cord 1 under it.

This is the same as in step 2.




Repeat Step 3

Step 9:  Use cord 3 this time, moving right to left.

Pass it under cord 2. Arrange cord 4 vertically, then pass cord 3 over it.

This is the same as in step 3.



Repeat step 4

Step 10:  Move cord 4 left to right.

Pass it over cord 2. Arrange cord 1 vertically, then pass cord 4 under it.

This is the same as in step 4.


 
Repeat step 5

Step 11:  Repeat step 5.

Cord 1 passes under cord 2 and over cord 3, heading right to left.



Repeat step 6

Step 12:  Repeat step 6.

Cord 3 passes over - under cords 2 and 4, moving left to right.

 

Tighten

Step 13:  Continue on, repeating steps 7 - 12, until the Wave Braid is the size you need.

Tighten and adjust the braid so the loops are the same size and the top and bottom edges are as straight as possible. 





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