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About the braid
This braid makes a hollow tube with the stitches crossing in a twill pattern. The 8 thread version has a square cross section, but the larger numbers of threads give a braid that can be squashed flat. The diagram above shows how the braid would look if you were able to cut along its length without it falling apart!
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.
How to make the braid
To make your braid, set up the threads as shown. I have given more than one way of making this braid for some thread counts - these may have a different starting position to the one shown with the designer, so check the colours on the sequence diagram before you start.
This is based on the method for 8 thread versions found in all the books listed below.
This is the method for 8 thread versions found in all the books listed below.
Looking at the 16 thread version of this braid again recently, I decided to try changing how the threads were separated into pairs and charted this as "Marudai 3". I did worry that the threads might not settle properly into the braid, but when I worked it with rayon, it looked fine.
- Creative Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey (braid 16T) 16 threads
- Creative Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey (braid 8H) 8 threads
- Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond by Rodrick Owen (braid 50) 16 threads
- Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond by Rodrick Owen (braid 10) 8 threads
- Comprehensive Treatise of Braids (vol 1 - marudai) by Makiko Tada (braid 11) 8 threads