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About the braid
This braid is one of 4 I made trying different ways of using 10 threads to make a variant of “Flat 8”. The front (left picture) of the braid can either be left fairly wide, or pulled tighter so the horizontal threads hardly show. The wider version has a semicircular cross section, the narrower one is more like a trapezoid. I have found that unless the finished braid is treated with reasonable care, it tends to become narrower.
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.
Notice the the arrows in steps 5 and 9 - it is important to make sure that the thread following the unbroken arrow is on top of the other.
The braid form varies with the front being wider (shown) or narrower. You get the wider form if you make sure you always move the threads across the centre of the marudai. You get the narrower form if you pull the threads in step 2 around the marudai or drop the tama as you finish this move - the extra tension this gives pulls the threads together at this point.
Notice the the arrows in steps 5 and 11 - it is important to make sure that the thread following the unbroken arrow is on top of the other. I find it easier if, in moves 1 and 7, I make sure I move the top thread first.
The braid naturally sits in a wider form as shown, but you can make the front narrower if you make sure you pull the threads in move 8 so that they are holding the threads in slots 4 and 5 close together.
- This braid was derived by ourselves.