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- 6 Strands

There are three types of six strand braids, what I call the hard way, the easy way, and the half round. The first two are round braids and the main difference between the two braids is the amount of finger work required to create the braid hence "the easy / hard way". Before you begin you should saddle soap your strands to make the braiding easier and more consistent and for an average bracelet you need your strands to be about 18 inches long. I'll show 2 views of each braid, a loose strand view so you can see where the strands are and a tight view for how the braid should look. So let's get braiding!!

In these images I've started with 3 strands 36 inches long and made a 3 strand flat braid hoop in the middle to start a bracelet, you'll just have to figure that one out yourself. I can't give away all my secrets. This image shows how the strands are layed out to begin with and you can click on any of the images to view it in a larger size.



Six Strands the Hard Way
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Starting with the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under one strand, over one strand and under one strand.

With the top strand on the Left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, over one strand and under one strand.

With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under one strand, over one strand and under one strand.

With the top strand on the Left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, over one strand and under one strand.

I think you get the idea, working from each side bring the top strand behind then under, over, under. Since you repeat this same step on each side this is considered to be a single step braid. All that finger work getting that strand under, over, this is why I, at least, call this the hard way. Here's a photo of a braided length.

Six Strands the Easy Way
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Starting with the top strand on the left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, over two strands.

With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under two strands and over one strand.

With the top strand on the left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under one strand, over two strands.

With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under two strands and over one strand.

So with the left strand you go under one, over two and the right strand you go under two and over one. This is considered a two step braid since your not doing the same braid each time. Here's a photo of a braided length.

Six Strand Half Round


This is a nice looking braid that makes for an interesting alternative to the regular round braids. It has a flat V braid on the back while the front still has the over under look.

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Starting with the top strand on the left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under two strands, over one strand.

With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under two strands and over one strand.

With the top strand on the left, bring the strand behind to the right and go under two strands, over one strand.

With the top strand on the right, bring the strand behind to the left and go under two strands and over one strand.

This is again considered a single step braid since you are repeating the same under two over one braid all the way down.