How to do yarn braids
Here’s another project I’d been meaning to try for awhile. Actually I did it a couple days ago (and it took lots longer than 31 minutes!) but since folks asked about it on yesterday’s post, I’ll show it to you now as part of our month of focus and refresh.
I’d seen yarn braids on other little girls before and thought they were cute. So a few days ago with the very capable help of our teenage daughters, I finally got around to doing yarn braids in our two youngest daughters’ hair. Sure enough– it’s not too hard and gives hair a really fun and different look. We were all happy with the results.
You use plain old Red Heart yarn, the kind you can get at any Wal-Mart. Begin by combing out and sectioning your daughter’s hair. I usually begin with a criss-cross part, first making a part from ear to ear, and then take another from center front to the nape of the neck. Ponytail each of these segments off. Then working with one section at a time, gradually divide the hair into more sections, braiding as you go. We probably did at least 8 braids per section, and just for fun, we made our sections triangle-shaped.
Once you get the hair divided and detangled, cut a bunch of pieces of yarn that are just a little more than twice the length of your child’s hair. My daughters have fairly long hair, so our yarn pieces were a bit more than 2 feet long. The next step is to take two pieces of yarn, fold them in half, and interlock them, as is shown in the photo below.
Begin under-braiding, using all the hair as one portion, and the long tails of yarn as the two other portions of the braid. Braid two or three turns with each tail. At this point it won’t look like a braid, it’ll just look like the yarn is wrapped around the hair close to the head.
Then comes the tricky bit. What you’re going to do is to divide the hair into three portions, adding yarn to each portion. Since there are four yarn ‘tails’ and only three portions of hair, two of the hair portions will have one yarn tail in them and one of the hair portions will get two pieces of yarn. We found that the yarn showed up best if we put a little less hair in the portion that contained two pieces of yarn.
Once you get the hair and yarn divvied up, it’s smooth sailing. Braid as normal. You’ll find that the yarn shows up really well in some of the braids, and not as much in other braids, depending on the amount of hair in each braid.
When you get to the end of the hair, tie a knot in the braid at the very end of the hair and trim the yarn just a little longer than the length of the hair.
Repeat lots more times and you have a hairdo!
You may be able to see that Julianna (in blue) has a head full of simple braids. Emily (in red) has cornrows in front and simple braids in back. Either way works well. They love their fancy braids and have gotten lots of compliments on them wherever we go.