Using A Braiding Board - Pattern 8 - Round Cord

braidingboard101.jpgThis pattern uses the same technique as the braiding disc to produce a very strong, tight-woven round cord. The density and strength of the finished work comes at a price - the labour of producing it - this is one of the slowest braid patterns to make.

Setting Up

Start with thirteen threads in a knotted end, arrange them any order you like (colour symmetry optional - only position matters):

braidingboard102.pngT1 + T3 + T5 + T7 + T9
B1 + B3 + B5 + B7 + B9
L1 + L3


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 R

Work around the board, jumping two threads each time
B7 to R1
B1 to B7
T1 to B1
T7 to T1
R3 to T7
B5 to R3
L3 to B5
T3 to L3
T9 to T3
B9 to T9
B3 to B9
L1 to B3
T5 to L1
R1 to T5

Creating The Braid

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

Now Just perform the moves listed above over and over. As you place each thread in its new position, put the thumb of your other hand over the centre of the braid in the slot and pull any slack out of the yarn

You may find it easiest to rotate the board as you work, so that you're always mving the threads with the same hand

Keep repeating this sequence until the braid reaches the desired length, then turn back to this page to find out how to finish off with a simple knot (other methods may not work for this pattern)