Photo Tutorial: How to create a horizontal chained dropped stitch braid
This super cool knitting technique has been popping up all over the internet lately – let’s see what all the fuss is about!
Knit a piece with intentionally dropped stitches, then use a crochet hook to chain those drops together to create a bulkier braid that will stand out and highlight whatever you choose to use it for. Inspired by this project that I blogged about a while back, I decided to come up with my own interpretation. The technique shown below was specifically created for the Under the Boardwalk Knitted Shawl, which is a bottom up triangular shawl.
This particular shawl has regular kfb (knit front and back loop) increases at the beginning of every row, and that shaping is incorporated into the technique. It requires a circular or two double pointed needles. Instructions are given below each photo.
• Start at the beginning of a RS (right side) row.
• Join Color B, leaving a long enough tail to weave in later.
• After knitting the first stitch with Color B, *yo three times, k1; repeat from * to end.
• When you reach the end of this row, break Color B. Without turning your work, slide the stitches to the other end of your needle…
• …where you left off with your Main Color. With Main Color, kfb, *slip the three yarn overs off the needle, k1; repeat from * to end.
• This is how your work will look after dropping all those yarn overs.
• With a crochet hook, twist the first two strands into a loop. I did this by inserting the hook from the top, as shown above, then rotating the hook to twist the yarn into a loop.
• First loop done – now the chaining part!
• Picking up two strands at a time, pass your original loop up and over the next set of strands. Those strands have now been turned into their own loop. Repeat this process of chaining two strands at a time across the row (more photos below).
• Same step, different hand position. You can see the two strands I’m about to pull through the loop on the hook.
• After making a few chains, your lovely braid will start to appear. Bask in its beauty!
• Continue chaining these dropped stitch strands until you reach the end. Don’t worry if you’re left with just one strand at the end – just pull that one through the loop like the others. Now that you’ve worked to the other end, you’re right back to your working yarn.
• Wrap Main Color around hook and pull through to create a stitch.
• Place this stitch with its friends on the knitting needle.
• A completed chained braid! Try this technique in the project below, or incorporate it into any simple striped pattern and show off your new skills.
Click here to learn more about the Under the Boardwalk Knitted Shawl!
Related items of interest: • Knitting Patterns