The Diamond Braid Stitch
Diamond Braid

      Usually used when making lanyards, the Diamond Braid stitch is also created using 4 strands of boondoggle. It's cousin, the Spiral Braid, is actually the EXACT SAME STITCH. Only the initial placement of the strands differs. While lanyards usually require yards of boondoggle, a couple feet of boondoggle can be used to create bracelets, key chains, and just about anything else you can imagine.

      This was one of the toughest stitches to SHOW YOU ALL how to make, as it required me to think quite creatively when I was videoing the segments used to create the snapshots you see below. It is for this reason that the initial stitch may not look as good as you should be able to make it look, as I had to leave stitches loose, and move my hands out of the way, so you could see what I was doing. Please see the Spiral Braid page in addition to this page, so hopefully by using BOTH pages, you'll be able to figure this one out.

You'll need a couple additional items before making this stitch:

  • Two strands of boondoggle:
    • 3-4 yards each, if making a lanyard.
    • 4-6 feet each, if making smaller projects.
  • An 8-10 inch strand of boondoggle <OR> a safety-pin <OR> a push-pin.
  • A lanyard hook <OR> a swivel hook.
  • A paper-clip.
      If you've ever made a friendship bracelet using needlepoint floss you'll be familiar with the first step in doing this stitch. The Diamond and Spiral Braids both need to be ANCHORED at one end, while you are doing the stitch. If you're near a desk, chair, tree root, or something else made of wood, use the Push-Pin to create your anchor. If you're without these, and are wearing a pair of pants, sit Indian Style on the ground and pin a safety-pin to your pant cuff and use that as your anchor. If you're wearing shorts, then tie the 8-10 inch strand of boondoggle around your ankle and use that as your anchor. Whichever method you choose, you want to create a place where you can pull the strands tight to keep the Braid looking uniform from start to finish. This is a tough stitch to successfully make LOOK good from beginning to end, but if you take your time and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, you'll get the hang of it.

      If this is your first time making this stitch, I'd suggest starting with strands that are about 4-feet long, which will fold in half to 2-feet. This way, you'll have enough to practice with and if you decide this one is too tough, or it isn't what you wanted to do, you won't have wasted all that boondoggle! All right, without further adieu, here's how to do the most requested stitch I've been asked for!

Note the TOP of this shot shows a lanyard hook, through which our two strands of boondoggle are placed. I pushed a push-pin into my computer desk, and then used the 8-10 inch loop of boondoggle to create a loop through the top of the lanyard hook and around the push-pin. By pulling the four strands of boondoggle, I was able to pull this loop taught against the push-pin and use that as the anchor while doing this stitch.
After finding the centers of both strands of boondoggle, I placed the lanyard hook at the center. For the Diamond Braid, you need to arrange the strands as seen in this and the above shot. Note how the LEFT-most red and yellow strands come from UNDER the hook, while the RIGHT-most strands come from OVER the hook. Also note that both RED strands are together and both YELLOW strands are together. This is VERY IMPORTANT. Do NOT continue unless your strands look this way as well!
Starting with your RIGHT-most strand, a yellow one here, take it AROUND BEHIND the two center strands...
...and then AROUND and ON TOP OF the LEFT-MOST center strand, the red one in this shot.
Now work with the LEFT-most strand, a red one here. Take it AROUND BEHIND the two center strands...
...and then AROUND and ON TOP OF the RIGHT-MOST center strand, a yellow one in this shot.
After tightening, it should look similar to this shot. Can you see what we'll do next? Hint: you've already done it once. Take the RIGHT-most yellow strand...
...and bend it AROUND BEHIND the two center strands...
...and then bend it AROUND and ON TOP OF the LEFT-most center strand, which is red in this shot.
That's the second time I used the word BEND. Do NOT twist the boondoggle, like the red strand in the shot two above this one. Keep your fingers close to the work area and use them to bend the strands AROUND and ON TOP of the farthest center strand.
After taking the LEFT-most red strand, shown above, I've gone BEHIND the two center strands and OVER and ON TOP OF the RIGHT-most, or farthest central strand, which is yellow in this instance.
After completing about an inch of braid, take a second and check out your work. If you look at how the red portions lie above each other, you'll see why they call this the Diamond Braid, as it looks like a series of red diamonds stacked atop one another...
...and if you turn the work a bit, you'll see the yellow diamonds that have been created as well. Time for a break! This is where the paper-clip comes in...
Use a paper-clip to hold the positions of your strands, so they won't fall apart on you. Don't let the work sit TOO long, or else the paper-clip will alter the look of the strands and make them hard to work with.
After my break, I'm ready to continue. Note how I flipped the work over, simply as a way of showing you I took a break! hehe! Look at the red and yellow strands a second. Can you see how the red strand on the LEFT is ABOVE the yellow strand on the RIGHT? This is how you can tell which strand you need to work with when you begin the braid after your break. Always start with the HIGHEST loose strand of boondoggle when you're looking at it like this.
So, we take this red strand BEHIND the two center strands...
...and then AROUND and ON TOP OF the RIGHT-MOST center strand, which is yellow!
Finish the stitch by taking the strand on the other side, the YELLOW one, BEHIND the two in the center...
...and then AROUND and ON TOP OF the left-most center strand. Continue until you've created as much as you need! For now, when you're done, tie a granny knot using the two UPPERMOST strands, one red, and one yellow, to complete the work. I'll show you a better way to end this stitch in a while. Remember to also check out the Spiral Braid page as well! ;-)
Diamond Braid
The Diamond Braid Stitch!

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