I was going through my yarn stash again and found these:

red, white and hot blue balls of yarn
red, white and hot blue balls of yarn

I could knit something with these, but I wanted to play around with braiding techniques. After an hour of experimenting, I made a braided cord.

braided cord
braided cord

It looks like a very complicated item to make, but it’s actually quite easy.

Here’s how I made it:

Braided Cord


1 skein each of Lily’s Sugar and Cream (100% cotton; 120yd/109m (2.5oz/71g)) in the following colors: Red, White and Hot Blue (or any 3 colors of your choice)

scotch tape



Cut three 15” strands of each color for a total of 9 strands.

Knot one end of the strands together.

knotted end
knotted end

Secure the end onto a stable surface with scotch tape.

Group the strands by color.

spreading the strands
spreading the strands

Braid the red strands together until there is approximately 3” left.

Do the same with the white and blue strands.

Braid the braided strands together until you reach the loose strands.

Knot the end of leftover strands together, then trim each end to even out loose strands.

completed braided cord
completed braided cord

trimming the ends
trimming the ends

You should have a braided cord of approximately 6” long.

Since the colors of this yarn tend to bleed when in contact with water, you may want to soak the cord in a vinegar solution (1 capful of vinegar in a 15oz container of cold water). After soaking for 20 minutes, gently squeeze out the excess water. Dry the cord on a flat surface.

You could take a couple of end caps, glue each end of the cord to an end cap, and make a bracelet. You could also make a longer cord for a necklace or belt.

I liked the braided cord so much that I decided to make a bunch of them for a braided purse. You can get the instructions here.

I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please contact me through the Comments section below.

If you like this project, then check out my other braiding projects.

Until next week, keep crafting and sharing.

Thanks for visiting!

Spinster Simone 🙂

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