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Instructions for Rope Plaiting

Updated July 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Tie a knot in the end.

Things You'll Need

  • Three pieces of rope a yard long
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Since 1984 Vivienne Montague has been writing computer training material and craft instructions. In pre-Windows days, she wrote a computer help and tips column for the Bluffs Monitor, a local newspaper in Scarborough, Ontario. Graduation from a secretarial course at O'Sullivan Business College in Montreal, Quebec, followed graduation from high school.