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About the braid
Because the groups of 2 and 3 are separated, the stitches on the braid are gathered together into shorter and longer stitch areas. A collection of short stitches like this is good for pattern design and you get a 5×5 square to work with. The pattern is repeated in the longer stitches, but is a bit distorted by the stitch length and separation. With short stitches on one side and long on the other, this braid forms a long loose spiral shape as it develops. The spiral worked out tighter on my disk version compared to the marudai, most likely due to increased tension.
Guest photography by Roddy’s Photos
How to use the designer
Use the colour picker to choose your thread colour. If you use it on the braid, it will be added to your colour list so you can easily choose it again. Click on the thread you want to colour in the braid diagram.
Some braids allow you to change the number of threads. If available, you can use the "+" and "-" buttons to change the number of threads - active internet connection required.
32 slot disk instructions
This is similar to a standard 16 thread kongoh-gumi braid, but with different sized groups. This pattern is showing how the 25 threads can be worked on a 32 slot disk. We have to be careful how we use the free space. The 5 groups of 2 threads form a line along the top, with the 5 groups of 3 threads together on the bottom, as shown in step 1.
Move the second thread from the top left and the third thread from the bottom right across as shown in step 2. This leaves gaps in the top and bottom lines, as shown in step 3, and as you follow the steps these gaps will move across the line. Each following step moves the thread two places right of the gap on the top and the thread three places left of the gap on the bottom across to the opposite gaps. When you get to the end of the lines, keep the 10 threads at the top and start again. To get into the rhythm of this braid you can think "skip 1", "skip 2". You get back to the start position after 5 repeats of this sequence.
Easy mistakes to make with this pattern are: When starting from the top line, make sure you take the second left thread rather than the first. If you're moving the thread from the top line first, make sure when you take the thread back from the bottom line that it goes into the correct (leftmost) slot on the top line.
40 slot disk instructions
This is similar to a standard 16 thread kongoh-gumi braid, but with different sized groups. As you work the braid the slot numbers will change - always take the top right thread down and the bottom left thread up. This pattern is shown on a 40 slot disk for clarity. The other disk pattern shows how it can be done on a 32 slot disk.
- This braid was derived by ourselves.