Instructions for Rope Plaiting

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Instructions for Rope Plaiting
Plaited or braided rope used for decoration. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Plaiting or braiding ropes produces a flat cord that is stronger than one strand of rope and does not twist. Macrame, known for its decorative knots, uses plaits in many practical ways to make belts, shoulder straps and rope jewellery. Romans and Ancient Egyptians liked to use the three-stranded plait in hairstyles and it is referred to as the King Solomon's plait. The woven pattern created by interlaced plaits is seen in many Celtic designs

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Three pieces of rope a yard long

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Tie a knot in one end of the three ropes and lay them down.

  2. 2

    Take the rope on the right and cross it over the centre rope.

  3. 3

    Take the rope on the left and cross it over the centre rope.

  4. 4

    Continue alternatively crossing the ropes from the right and left over the centre rope until all the rope is plaited.

  5. 5

    Tie a knot in the end.

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