How to knit a braid

Hi knitters!

Today we are going to show you how to knit a braid. Braids are always a good accessory for your knitted garments. If you really want to learn how to knit one, we show you in different steps! We encourage you to knit braids on your WAK projects.

There are different types of braids, but we would like to knit one with 3 columns and 2 cross stitches. The braid can vary depending on the type of yarn and the thickness of your wool.You only need to learn the technique and then make some variations 🙂


To start knitting your braid, cast on a number of stitches than can be divided in 9 + 1 stitch

Row 1: knit one stitch, purl 1 stitch, knit 6 stitches, purl 1 stitch and knit another stitch. Repeat these steps until you finish the row.

Row 2 and all the even rows: stitches should be knitted as we have them onto our needle.

Row 3: : knit 1 stitch and purl 1 stitch. We should leave 2 stitches ‘waiting’ behind the needles. Knit 2 more stitches and cast on the stitches ‘waiting’ onto your left wooden needle and knit them. Knit 2 stitches, purl 1 more stitch and knit another one. Repeat these steps in all even rows.

Row 4: Do so as in all even rows.

Row 5: Knit 1 stitch, purl another stitch, knit 2 more stitches and leave again 2 stitches ‘waiting’ behind your needles. Knit the following 2 stitches, cast on the 2 ‘waiting’ stitches onto the left WAK needle and knit them. Knit 1 stitch inside out and knit 1 more stitch.
Row 6: Do so as in all even rows.


Now you are able to knit a braid! You should always repeat from row number 3 to number 6 until you get the wished braid! 😉

We hope to see your projects with braids on Instagram with the hashtag #weareknitters.

For this post we have used 15 MM WOODEN NEEDLES and 100% PERUVIAN WOOL in AQUAMARINE.