There are three patterns (so far!) on Moogly that call for you to "braid" loops or chains of crochet, in two different ways. It's a simple technique with a big effect, but it can be hard to describe - after all, "pull a loop through a loop" could be said to be 90% of crochet itself! So here's a video tutorial on making and braiding crochet loops - two ways!
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Braiding Crochet Loops Video Tutorial
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As I showed in the video, there are two ways to work this technique, and two different ways to make the loops that will get braided. I like to use my fingers, but some like to use a hook to help them pull each loop through - you should do whatever works best for you!
In the Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie and matching Fingerless Mitts, the loops that will get braided start life as super tall QuadTr stitches. Then the first loop (which is whatever loop you want it to be!) gets twisted once, and then each following loop is pulled straight through, making a new loop for the loop after that, and then the loop after that, etc until you're done! This tall stitches version is great for creating a horizontal braid!
In the Day at the Beach Bag, the loops to be braided start off as lengths of 12 chains, worked between regular stitches. In this pattern, the ch-12 loops are made on odd numbered rows, stacked with ch-2 loops on the even numbered rows. Here, the first ch-12 loop is pulled below the ch-2 loop beneath it, and then each succeeding ch-12 loop is pulled under the ch-2 loop below it, and then pulled through the previous ch-12 loop. This ch st version is great for creating a vertical braid!
Twisting or not twisting gives a slightly different look to the braids - I chose not to twist the loops here (other than the first one in the Ups and Downs set), but other patterns might have you give a little twist to each loop. And some patterns will have you making the braids with loops vertically without the ch-2 rows in between! But generally speaking, this is the idea behind braiding crochet loops. Hopefully this tutorial has demonstrated how to go about braiding crochet stitches in different ways - and why they're all great!
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