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How To Make An Easy Rattail Braided Lei

07 Mar

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For other lei, see pikake, eyelash, spiral or candy lei. This photo shows what we will be making in this post.

I love this lei because it is easy and without flowers it makes a nice one for men, yet you could embellish it with a fancy bow or make it in school colors for graduation or whatever the occasion.

You will need -

* rattail in one or two colors.

* crochet hook, I used size H here. You can go bigger or smaller.

* scissors

* fancy bow – optional.

Start with a chain ( see Knit Witch for how to), of each color.

You want the lei to end up about 36″ or 92 cm, (an inch or two longer for taller people, shorter for children). In this picture the chains are doubled. Make each chain about 90 inches, 228 cm. long. When you braid it, it will be folded in half and take up the extra inches.

Fold the chains and tie an 8 inch, 20 cm. piece of each color rattail at the center fold.

This picture shows the two 90 inch long chains. At the right side they are tied together at the center fold.

Use the center fold ends to tie it to a chair or somewhere else so you can braid it.

Do 4 strand braiding.

The far left strand crosses over on top of the other strands.

The far right strand goes into the triangle made by the left strand crossing. Pull snug.

What started out as the far right strand is now the far left strand and use it to cross over. The new far right strand now goes into the triangle shape and pull snug.Continue this way until you come to the end of the chains.

Even out the ends of the chains by undoing any longer chains so they are all the same length.

Tie them off and trim the ends so you have about 4 inch long pieces to work with.

Rattail is very slippery. If you make a knot, it can slip out. The best way to join the ends, is to pull the tie ends though the opposite chain end, about two chains in as shown in this photo.

Pull the two chain ends close together to close up the circle and now tie them with square knots.

Trim the ends and take two 20 inch, 51 cm. pieces of rattail to tie for the finishing bow or add a bow of your choice.

And voila – you are done. Aloha!

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7 Comments

Posted by on March 7, 2011 in How to

 

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7 responses to “How To Make An Easy Rattail Braided Lei

  1. Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds

    March 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I used to love making things like that when I was younger and had more time (those two things do seem to go together.) Someday I’m sure I’ll get back into it when Julia is old enough for friendship bracelets and such. Love the way this turned out!

     
  2. Sandra

    March 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Has anybody ever told you that your craftiness knows no bounds?
    The play-by-play via the pics was terrific! My daughter is going to love learning how to make this.
    Thank you!

     
  3. Rachel Cotterill

    March 11, 2011 at 12:40 am

    This reminds me of the friendship bracelets we used to make at school – but on a giant scale! :)

     

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