Welcome to FingerTips - a site for tools to assist in designing patterns for finger held loop braiding and also hand-held loop braiding (Kute-uchi).

These web tools were composed by Gary Mitchell

Welcome! In 2015 the site has some improved graphics.

Index

The very first tool I put online:

Spanish Braid and variants

Slentre Braids from Germany described by Dietlind Wagner

Dietlind Wagners website has a section on fingerloop braids . She also sells at a modest price a small booklet on fingerloop braids. All in German but after experience from other instruction sites even those with no knowledge of German will recognise the illustrated instructions. I will be adding more but to begin with we have
Planner: 6-loop Diagonal
A 6-loop flat weave.
The pattern for the 6-loop braid "diagonal stripes " which is described and illustrated on page 16 in Dietlind Wagner´s booklet (in German) corresponds to the ID 190.
Only plain loops aBeDc PNG image
Ignoring turns the mathematical description (the braid word) of the moves used in the planner to create this braid is aBeDc
Slentre Instructions

Start with 3 loops (marked x below) on each hand (A = index finger)

D C B A     A B C D
. x x x     . x x x 
  1. operator (right A) goes over left A, under left B, insert into left C (from above) and drag back to take up position right A
    D C B A     A B C D
    . . x x     x x x x 
    
  2. shift left loops by 1 to left to free operator (left A)
    D C B A     A B C D
    . x x .     x x x x 
    
  3. operator (left A) goes over right A, under right B, over right C and insert (from above) into right D and drag back to take up position left A
    D C B A     A B C D
    . x x x     x x x . 
    
  4. shift right loops by 1 to right to free operator (right A)
    D C B A     A B C D
    . x x x     . x x x 
    
  5. repeat steps 1-4
To summarise: The operator always starts with an OVER move and alternates to outer edge of other hand and takes that last loop from above
#71 #72 #172 #190
71 72 172 190
Only bicolour loops
#140 #150 #164 #164 #164 #189
140 150 164 176 183 189
Using plain and bicolour loops
#4 #5 #6 #9 #10 #20
4 5 6 9 10 20
#25 #37 #49 #62 #63 #67
25 37 49 62 63 67
#73 #98 #101 #143 #178
73 98 101 143 178

Traditional Guajiro Indian Braids from Colombia described by Masako Kinoshita

On the LMBRIC web site of Masako Kinoshita there are detailed instructions for making traditional Guajiro Indian Braids from Colombia . These are finger-held loop manipulation.

Several braids are described in the original notes (in Spanish) I will be adding more but to begin with we have

Planner: Yaliwansu Braid (2nd variation)
A 7-loop thick braid.
The two patterns for the Yaliwanasu braid (second variation) are described and illustrated on pages 77-81 of the original notes (in Spanish) correspond to the IDs 295 and 27 in this planner.
Another design using plain loops which is attractive is 291 . There are only 10 patterns using plain loops: 1 3 8 25 27 80 82 98 291 295. Other symmetric designs using bi-coloured loops include 595 . The patterns 11 . and 42 . also use bi-coloured loops but are simpler.

Traditional Japanese Kute-uchi Braids described by Masako Kinoshita

On the LMBRIC web site of Masako Kinoshita there are detailed instructions for making Kute-Uchi traditional Japanese braids. These are hand-held loop manipulation.

I will be adding more but to begin with we have small numbers of loops

Braid AADD.5-3
An 8-loop thick double braid.
Some of the more symmetrical patterns are IDs 116 1215 2999 3023 4133
ABCDgfeabcdGFE PNG image Ignoring turns the mathematical description (the braid word) of the moves used in the planner to create this braid is ABCDgfeabcdGFE
Braid AGCD.5-3
An 8-loop thick double braid.
Some of the more symmetrical patterns are IDs 116 1215 2999 3023 3151 3160 3162 4129 4133

Braid AADC.4-3
A 7-loop flat wide braid.
Some of the more symmetrical patterns are IDs 8 25 30 85 96 278 534 596
ABCfedabcFED PNG image Ignoring turns the mathematical description (the braid word) of the moves used in the planner to create this braid is ABCfedabcFED

  • Braid DD.3-3 x 2 - A 12-loop thick braid.
    This mimics two workers each using 6 loops and working in parallel and exchanging near-side loops.
    In fact one person can handle these loops alone.
    Some of the more symmetrical patterns are IDs

    Sorry - this 12-loop braid has so many permutations that the designer does not work due to limitations of maxmimum file size on the current account on this web service. If there is sufficient interest I can make an effort to work around this limitation.

    In the meantime here are some static non-interactive pages. SX6578 , 7954 , 7830 , 293401 , 349180 , 349326 , 349844 , 350021 , 350060 , 350061 , 350062 , 350063 , 350064

  • Traditional 6-loop braid described in LMBRIC Newsletter #8
    A 6-loop flat braid adapted from "6-loop 3-ridge twin flat braids with a 2/1/2 pattern"
    in LMBRIC #8.
    Adapted as a flat braid for one worker.
    Cdeba PNG image Ignoring turns the mathematical description (the braid word) of the moves used in the planner to create this braid is Cdeba
    Some of the more symmetrical patterns are IDs 6 , 49 , 68 , 70 , 170 , 180
  • Braids from Ingrid Crickmore's contribution to "Threads That Move - Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Braiding.

    The 4 Transfers and subsequent exchange are as described as in the "Threads that Move" book page 65.To understand the many options for making double braids I would recommend buying the book from the Braid Society .

    For further information see the book of the Braid Society 2012 Conference Proceedings - "Threads that Move" available from the Braid Society .

    Braids derived from the Letter Braids

    Braids described in Tollemache

    Braids described in Rodrick Owens Book "Braids. 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru & Beyond "

    Explore and have fun! :-) Gary Mitchell