The Spiral Braid Stitch
Spiral Braid

      Usually used when making lanyards, the Spiral Braid stitch is also created using 4 strands of boondoggle. It's cousin, the Diamond 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. This page's photo snapshots look a bit nicer and hopefully are a bit easier to understand, but check out the Diamond Braid page as well for further guidance.

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 Spiral and Diamond 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.
Note the initial placement of the strands in this shot. Notice how we start with one color, then alternate with the second color, back to the first color, and then finish with the second color. Also note how both LEFT strands come from UNDER the lanyard hook, while both RIGHT strands come from OVER the lanyard hook. This layout is VERY IMPORTANT to the successful completion of the Spiral Braid.
Alright, to start, we take the RIGHT-most strand, the pink one here, and place it UNDER the two central strands...
...and then come AROUND and ON TOP OF the LEFT-most central strand, which is also pink.
Now take the LEFT-most strand, a baby-blue one here, and place it UNDER the same two central strands...
...and bring it AROUND and ON TOP OF the RIGHT-most central strand, which is also baby-blue in color.
After repeating the above FOUR steps, we've completed another stitch, a PINK stitch. We've completed a stitch of Spiral Braid when BOTH CENTRAL STRANDS are the same color.
On our way to completing another stitch, but notice how the central strands are NOT both the same color. We're only half done with this stitch... after completing the same BEHIND CENTER 2, AROUND AND ON TOP OF maneuver, we've completed another stitch, a BLUE stitch this time.
So, let's do this one more time SLOWLY. We're ready to do another PINK stitch. Can you tell WHICH of the pink strands we'll need to work with? It's the top most strand, the one on the right in this shot. Notice how it's also the one that is NOT currently surrounded by baby-blue strands.
Start by taking this strand and bend it to go BEHIND the two central baby-blue strands...
...and then bend it to go AROUND and ON TOP OF the left-most baby-blue strand (the farthest central strand).
After pulling tight, we can see this PINK stitch is half completed, and we're ready to start working with the other pink strand, the one on the left.
This strand also gets bent to go BEHIND the two central strands...
...and bent again to go AROUND and ON TOP OF the right-most central strand(the pink one) which also happens to be the farthest central strand.
After pulling tight, we're done with another PINK stitch of Spiral Braid.
Here's about an inch of completed Spiral Braid. Notice how it differs from it's cousin, Diamond Braid? All because of the initial placement of those four boondoggle strands! 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, which should BOTH be the SAME color, to complete the work. I'll show you a better way to end this stitch in a while. ;-)
Spiral Braid
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