Using A Braiding Board - Pattern 4 - Twist Braid

braidingboard61.jpgThis pattern is similar in method to the diagonal stripe braid, but contains an extra move which results in a different pattern and a natural tendency to twist into a nice spiral shape.

Setting Up

What? Where? How?

If you've landed straight on this page, all this talk of move groups and sequences might not make the slightest sense. If this is so, please do take a look at the introduction page for this topic - where everything is explained in full and hopefully clear detail.

Start with seven pairs of threads in a knotted or plain end, arrange them in mirrored pairs on the board like this:

braidingboard42.pngT2 + B2
T3 + B3
T4 + B4
T5 + B5
T6 + B6
T6 + B7
T8 + B8

Move Groups You Will Need For This braid

Don't do anything just yet - this is just a description of the move groups you'll need - the order in which to perform them appears further down.

Move Group E

Bring the rightmost threads to left
T8 to B1
B8 to T1

Move Group F

Weaving from right
T7 to B8
B7 to T8
T6 to B7
B6 to T7
T5 to B6
B5 to T6
T4 to B5
B4 to T5
T3 to B4
B3 to T4
T2 to B3
B2 to T3
T1 to B2
B1 to T2

Move Group I

Rotate all threads anticlockwise
T2 to L2
T3 to T2
T4 to T3
T5 to T4
T6 to T5
T7 to T6
T8 to T7
B8 to T8
B7 to B8
B6 to B7
B5 to B6
B4 to B5
B3 to B4
B2 to B3
L2 to B2


Creating The Braid


OK, ready... You've already set up the threads as detailed at the top of the page (right?)

Now perform the move groups in this sequence:

Move Group E
Move Group F
Move Group I

Keep repeating this sequence until the braid reaches the desired length, then turn back to this page to find out how to finish off.