Crochet Braids, Cords, and Garlands
When I'm almost too tired to crochet, the one thing I like to do is grab my little hook, a ball of yarn, and just make some chain, fiddle about with it, see what happens.
And what often happens is... a braid!
Easy Crochet Chain Braids
A set of seven braids for you to work through over an evening or two :)
I like the simple things in life - and these fit the bill perfectly! They gave me lots of ideas for other designs, and you'll be seeing a few other lovely little items to make here on the site very soon that use some of these very basic techniques.
Bobble Braid Patterns
Hmmm. The bobble. Doesn't sound so exotic, does it? Yet I find this stitch quite beautiful!
The single bobble really comes into its own with a braid, as it's often the star of the show, and doesn't get lost among a whole jumble of other bobbles vying for attention!
Hope you enjoy making these wonderful, stylish braids.
More ideas from around the site
Leaves and shamrocks from my flower section, pretty hearts - and braiding inspiration from some of my work on crocheted bracelets!
Little Leaves braid
A few chains, a few stitches, and a leaf appears!
Make for an edging, decorative feature, or start and end with a length of chain to whip up a leafy necklace.
This pattern shows you how to make the individual shamrocks and how to join them together into a garland :)
Lacy Heart Garland
An interesting piece (if I may say so!) - not the easiest, but not difficult if you follow the step-by-step photo tutorial under the written pattern.
Here are two bracelet patterns on my site - but you don't have to work them up as such.
You can just follow the basic pattern and crochet the braid.
With or without beads, this is such a pretty piece.
Follow steps 1 - 3 to make your braid, and weave in the ends.
Simple stitches along a chain produced the Buttonbraid Bracelet.
You'll find instructions for making just the braid in the pink box on that page!
1How to Braid Your Hair
To begin braiding cornrows with your natural tresses, style your locks into sections. A side or middle part can be crafted with cornrows depending on the hairdo you are stylin’. Hip parts, such as the triangle part, can also be crafted throughout your natural tresses. Thinner braids are best for parts in your hair. Doubling the number of cornrows at the front than in the back is helpful to crafting a beautiful style. You can form one cornrow with the all ends of your cornrows. Sew the ends to one of the cornrows. The ends can also be tucked away by crocheting hair on the cornrow.
2Straight Back Braiding Pattern
Braid your hair into cornrows reminiscent of ‘90s R&B singers’ hairdos. A straight back braiding pattern is simply cornrows that start at your forehead and go all the way back. The ends may need to be sewed up to provide a flat surface to attach your crochet braids. The straight back pattern is one of the most common braiding patterns for crochet installation. Sophisticated hairdos can be created with the straight back braiding pattern. It is important to note that the straight back braiding pattern does not provide much versatility for hairstyles.
3Micro Method Braiding Pattern
Smaller cornrows are braided throughout your natural hair with the micro method. Smaller cornrows are better suited for straight hairstyles. The micro pattern is more tedious than other crochet braid designs because small strands of hair are crocheted into your braids. Installing the micro method braids does take more time than other braiding patterns. Movement and a smooth texture are two of the benefits of crafting a micro method braiding pattern. A flawless look is achieved for gorgeous, moveable tresses.
4U-Part Cornrows Braiding Pattern
A u-part braiding pattern can be crafted by creating a straight back design and crossing the braids in the middle over one another. Multiple parts in your hair can be created with u-part cornrows providing you with versatility. A slight curve looks more realistic. Design a unique Mohawk for a modern look as u-part cornrows are installed. Craft an original up-do for a classy cocktail party. More hair can be added to your braids with a u-part pattern allowing your crochet braids to look as natural as possible.
5Beehive Braiding Pattern
An ideal design for a flat surface is the beehive pattern. Braids, twists, as well as ponytails are perfect for a beehive pattern. One of the best characteristics of a beehive pattern is how quick it can be to adorn crochet braids with. Don a beautifully crafted up-do as a beehive pattern is designed throughout your natural tresses. Hairdos with bangs also work well with the beehive pattern.
6Vixen Braiding Pattern
A popular braid pattern due to an invisible installation method, vixen braids provide you with various styling options. Vixen crochet braids are a four-section version of the beehive method with an optional leave-out. Craft elegant buns, cute ponytails, or ultra-chic half up-dos with a vixen braid pattern. Side, diagonal, or unique parts can be crafted with a vixen pattern. This is the most difficult braiding pattern, but the versatility is worth the end result.
7Zig-Zag Braiding Pattern
In a zig-zag pattern, the braids go horizontally back and forth across your scalp. The sections created are perfect for a layered look. Half up-dos are skillfully crafted with a zig-zag braiding pattern. If you a donning a knotless crochet braid style to go around your whole head, the zig-zag braiding method is an excellent choice. A straight surface is provided for you to form your knotless knots. A natural look is achieved through a zig-zag stylin’ pattern.
8Asymmetrical Braiding Pattern
A unique braiding pattern is achieved when an asymmetrical look is skillfully crafted throughout your braids. Braids going around your head along with a deep side part create a beautiful look. If you are desiring a hairstyle with an asymmetrical design, these braids are an excellent choice. Braids, curls, and twists can be worn with a cool, hip side part. A bouncy, curly style can be worn with this distinct pattern.
9Braid Pattern with Leave Out
Leave some of your natural hair out of your braids to allow your style to blend in with your tresses. Crochet braids blend in perfectly with your natural locks. Long, curly tresses flow down your shoulders. Straight hair also works well with the leave out method. Blending is a wonderful style technique for creating hairdos with a natural look. Craft gorgeous up-dos for formal events or wear your tresses down for a casual look.
10Diagonal Braiding Pattern
As crochet braids have become the latest style craze, unique braiding patterns are being crafted to match the versatility of these braids. A diagonal braiding pattern at your forehead allows you to wear ‘dos with swooped bangs. Ultra-chic ponytails as well as high buns can be crafted for elegant events. Leave the diagonal cornrows out to create a cool, hip hairstyle with a sharp design. A subtle part is created at the front of your braids for a sophisticated look.
11Braiding Pattern for Bangs
Bangs are a gorgeous style and can accentuate all your best facial features. Craft your bangs into a fashionable side-swoop or wear them cascading down your forehead. Bangs can be straight, curly, or wavy. Layered bangs create a look with depth and dimension. Create elegant up-dos to showcase your beauty. As you have this braiding pattern installed, design a hairdo with bangs that matches your awesome personality. Let your sense of style illuminate as you create a ‘do unique to you.
Crochet braids are here to stay, it seems. Back in September 2015, I wrote this post about the revolution of the crochet braids and many of you thought that this was not just some fad that would fade away. Well it appears that it’s popularity is still on the rise in May 2016.
Just as the foundation of anything is a very important part in determining the finished product, the braiding pattern is very important for crochet braids. Seeing as I have become somewhat of an expert in crochet braids (this is all most of my clients are asking for), I can say with certainty that the braiding pattern depends on what the finished product is expected to look like and how the client hopes to style the hair.
With crochet braids, one (and probably the only) critique is the lack of versatility. Somewhat. I don’t agree entirely though. This is where braiding pattern comes in. Except a client is dead set on what parts and styling options they vision for their hair, I like to give multiple parts and keep the options open for styling. Here are braiding patterns for crochet braids that you can show your stylist or do for yourself if you are a DIY kinda girl (or guy).
1. Jumbo Twists and Jumbo Braids
Jumbo refers to big extensions, like Havana Mambo Twist extensions. This is my go-to for or any jumbo curl pattern. This client wanted one side part and one center part.
2 & 3. Ponytail Styling
This, I do to give the option for pony tail styling. This is best for braids or twists. I would not advise for straight or curly hair.
This is the side-view for a pony-tail style.
4. Vixen Crochet Braids
The hair is sectioned into four parts. Each part is treated as a full head of hair on its own. So some hair is sectioned off (which will not be crocheted). The rest of it is braided in a circular pattern.
5. Micro Method
The braids are smaller for this style. This one was used for straight hair and for a fuller, believable look.
6. Straight extensions; do you want a bob or some bangs?
This one was also used for straight hair – albeit thicker strands, hence the thicker cornrows. The end result was a swoop bang which could only have been possible if the hair part and front of the hair was braided as shown.
7, 8 & 9. Basic Pattern for Most Styles
Basic braiding style that can be used for any type of crochet braids.
A different way of creating parts for. These parts are concentrated in the middle.
This can be used for any style of crochet braids, especially where you have own hair left out around the perimeter and at the part.
There you have it, beauts. I think crochet braids are so much fun and the varying braiding patterns makes it even more fun for me to make.
P.S.: If you are in the NYC area, I can hook you up with crochet braids and twists. See here for my availability and booking information!
For some time now crochet braids (not to be confused with box braids) have been a growing trend. Having been popular in the late nineties to early 00s, this practical hairstyle is back, but is looking a little different from its earlier iteration. Crochet braids today have been influenced by the natural hair movement; the textures used are more natural-looking and the styles created are styles that you’ll typically see a naturalista sporting (havana twists, braid outs, flexi rod sets; view more crochet styles here). Chances are you may mistake crochet braids for someone’s real hair, which is one of the reasons we’re big fans of the look. If you’re thinking about jumping on the crochet bandwagon, here’s everything you need to know about this trending hairstyle. (By the way, if you like this, maybe you’ll like our in-depth post on bantu knot outs on different lengths and textures or this one about Fulani Braids (AKA Alicia Keys Braids)).
August 4, 2018, Update: I’ve added a section on braidless crochets for those of y’all who don’t know how to cornrow! Jump to that section.
[Oh by the way 👋🏾, if you’re thinking about getting a protective style, our short film, Pretty Shouldn’t Hurt, is a must-watch. Also learn all about safeprotective styling here.]
What Are Crochet Braids?
Although we say crochet braids as though referring to the hair itself, we’re really talking about the method with which we’re adding the hair. Crochet braiding (or rather ‘the crochet method’) is a way of adding extensions to one’s hair. As with a weave, the basis of the method is first cornrowing one’s hair then applying the extensions to the cornrows. Unlike a weave, however, the hair used is loose and not on a weft. And instead of being sewn in, crochet hair is kind of looped under the cornrows with a crochet needle (essentially a hook) and secured with a knot of sorts. (For more a more in-depth how-to,see below).
Clockwise: The crochet method, crochet needle, loose braiding hair
What’s Great About Them?
The real question is what’s not to love about crochets. In addition to them being a protective style, crochet braids are….
Suited for DYI. If you’ve always admired girls that are masters of styling their own hair, but think that could never be you, crochet braids may be a great style to attempt on your own… if you at least know how to cornrow your hair. The cornrows don’t have to look great because they’ll be covered. You’ll just need a little patience and a couple of good mirrors ;-).
They’re cheap. As mentioned, the styles that are now being created with crochet braids are styles that look natural, so braiding hair like Kanekelon hair or hair that already comes twisted or braided is what’s typically being used. This kind of hair can be found at beauty supply stores for as low as $3 a pack and at most $9.99 a pack.
They’re relatively fast to do. Depending on the kind of style you create, you may spend as little as 2.5 hours ‘installing’ them. For weave-wearers this might not be less time, but for box braid or twist-wearers it’s significantly less time. (And yes, you can rock braids or twists using the crochet method. Exhibit A).
A couple downsides to crochets is that they don’t necessarily last as long as a style like box braids. And they’re not as easy to wash. (Jump to Maintenance).
Types of Crochet Braiding Hair
Already Twisted Hair
- X-Pression Synthetic Crochet Braiding Hair by Outre (heads up this hair is a bit on the shiny side)
- Barbadian Braid by Freetress/Equal (by the way, Freetress/Equal is a brand under the Shake-N-Go holding company, people often mix up the names, so you’ll see the hair referred to as Shake-N-Go or Freetress or Equal)
- Latched & Hooked crochet curls are made with non-toxic fibers, so no need to soak or wash before installing.
Crochet braids can be worn straight, curly, twisted or braided. Here’s a diverse round up of crocheted styles.
[BTW, if you feel like smelling like a rose with while sporting your crochets, Viva La Juicy Rosé is pretty good.]
How to Install Crochet Braids
There are a number of tutorials on how to install crochet braids. We like TheChicNatural’s tutorial (embedded below). Other crochet-related tutorials worth watching include how to install crochet braids with a bobby pin and how to create an invisible part with crochets. Both of these are also embedded below.
A Quick Step-by-Step
In case you don’t have time to watch videos, here’s a quick step-by-step.
- Cornrow your hair all back (also see braiding patterns).
- Add the crochet hair bit-by-bit by using a crochet needle (or bobby pin; see below).
- Slide the needle under the cornrow (latch closed).
- Open the latch, hook the hair onto the needle and close the latch.
- Pull the needle and hair under the cornrow until a medium-sized hoop is formed.
- At this point you should have a loop on one side of the cornrow and ‘tails’ on the other side.
- Fold the tails over the cornrow and put them through the loop. Don’t tighten yet.
- Twist the loop with your fingers and put the tails through the loop again. Do this one more time for luck ;-). Then pull to tighten and secure the hair.
- Your first crochet ‘stitch’ should be secured. Repeat until you’ve covered your whole head.
A few tips for installing crochet braids:
- Make sure your hair is nice and clean before you install crochets, or any kind of braids or weave for that matter.
- Make sure your hair is adequately moisturized before installing crochets. Given that you’ll have the braids in for at least a few weeks, you want to make sure your hair isn’t too dry.
- Use your best judgement to space the hair appropriately. Once you have most of the hair installed, feel and look around and ‘edit’ where needed. Add more hair where you might want more volume or take out hair where it feels too thick.
- Be more careful once you get to the front of your hair; you may want to use thinner strips of hair at this point, so that the knots are smaller and less visible. (See more on invisible parts below).
TheChicNatural’s tutorial is one of the best. She does the tutorial with marley hair and she shows you how to curl the hair after it’s installed. You can probably skip that part if your hair is already curled or twisted, but it’s good to know the process just in case.
Installing Crochets Using a Bobby Pin
Crochet needles aren’t expensive at all, but if you’ve lost yours or don’t have time to run to the store and get one, you can still use the crochet method but with a bobby pin. Vlogger AfricanCreature shows us how. Note: in this video she’s installing a combination of a sew-in and crochets. We’ve started the video after the sew-in bit. Another note: she secures her crochets by using a standard knot versus looping them twice or thrice.
Invisible Part/Knotless Crochet Braids
Many people are concerned with how you conceal the knots when sporting crochet braids. This is typically a non-issue if your rocking big kinky curls; the hairline and knots aren’t very noticeable. With other styles, the hair line is a concern. Some people hide their knots with some leave out, while others install the top (or most visible) part of the hair using the invisible part (or knotless) method.
Crochet Braiding Patterns
Lots of people have questions about which type of crochet braiding pattern to use. There are a number of different patterns out there, but the one you should really care about is the all back one. Simply braiding your hair all back is the best way to go. However, you might find that it helps to have double the amount of cornrows in the front than in the back. So for example, having 10 cornrows in the front half of your head that merge into five cornrows in the back half, or 12 that merge into six. Below, TheChicNatural has six thin braids in the center front half of her head that merge into three in the back half. And she has three more cornrows on either side of her head.
Tip: create thinner braids wherever you plan on having a part, and try to keep those braids somewhat close together so the part doesn’t look too wide.
Tip: adding braid hair to your cornrows is optional. It’s good to do if your hair is weak or if you have thin edges as it helps reinforce the hair.
What to do About the Ends
Some people form one cornrow with the ends of all the cornrows then sew the final end to one of the cornrows (as can be seen in the picture above). That way works, but you can actually tuck away the final end without sewing it. Instead place the end against one of the cornrows. Then secure it by crocheting a bit of hair onto that cornrow and the loose end. You can see this done here on a beehive pattern.
A Note About Other Patterns
The beehive pattern is a pattern some use when they want a look with a bang. You can also simply braid one or two cornrows across the front part of your head, while the rest go back. But bangs can also be created (if you’re using curly or kinky hair) using the all back method. You may want to vary your pattern if you’re leaving out some of your hair, in which case you’ll braid around the leave-out. The most important thing to consider when choosing a braiding pattern is what your edges can handle. If you have thinning edges, avoid patterns that will put a lot strain on your hairline.
Braidless Crochet Braids
If you’re thinking, all of the above is great, but I can’t cornrow to save my life. Well, crochet queen Sadora Paris has you covered. In the video below she shows how you can achieve a natural looking straight haired crochet look with no leave out.
Steps she takes:
- She puts her hair into three ponytails, braids them to gather and pins them into place. So that her hair looks flat.
- She then crochets about 5-6 packs of hair, using the method discussed above, but she double-knots the hair as she crochets it in to keep it secure. (She also notes that you have to be careful when with double knots as they’re harder to take down).
- Around her hair line she uses the invisible knot or knotless method of crocheting.
- Then she adds mousse to get the hair flat and thins the hair out a little.
Taking Care of Crochet Braids
Crochet braids can last anywhere from two weeks to eight weeks depending on how well you care for them. But four weeks is generally the recommended duration. If you plan on wearing crochet braids for an extended period of time, getting a tightly curled texture is your best bet as it’ll take more time for the curls to loosen and/or frizz.
Youtuber Kiitanaxo has a relatively simple maintenance routine for her crochets, although she doesn’t discuss washing them.
How to Wash Crochet Braids
Washing crochet braids is one of the only contentious parts of this style. If you wash them as you usually would wash your own hair or even a weave, you run the risk of loosening the knots. Some people, don’t wash their hair while they wear crochets. You can probably get away with this if you don’t leave them in for two long and clarify your hair before installing them. There are some pretty involved tutorials on how to wash crochet braids, but the simplest approach is to…
- Use a spray bottle of watered down shampoo and spray your scalp with the mixture.
- You can lightly massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers.
- Optional: Cowash the added hair very gently.
- Then gently rinse out the mixture you used to clean your scalp (and the cowash in the added hair).
- Optional: Condition the added hair as you would condition your normal hair. Then rinse out the conditioner.
- Condition your own cornrowed hair by spraying it with a light mixture of leave-in conditioner.
- Finish by lightly adding a moisturizer to your hair and the added hair and sealing with an oil.
The key to the above approach is focusing your attention on your scalp as opposed to the added hair. You can wash and condition the added hair, but it really depends on the type of hair as well as your own personal preference. Be sure your hair dries thoroughly, so you don’t run into the rare issue mildew forming in your hair. Some people moisturize the crochet hair as well, some don’t.
For the sake of not loosening your hair, err on the side of washing your crochet braids once every two weeks as opposed to once a week or more frequently.
Treat your crochet braids as you would your own hair. Keep the added hair and your own hair moisturized by spritizing it with a moisturizing mixture of something like aloe vera water and a leave-in conditioner. Try not to over moisturize or use too much product; given that you don’t have full access to all your tresses, product can build up in the deep nooks and crannies of your cornrows.
Sleeping With Them
Some people pineapple their crochet braids, while others simply just cover them with a satin bonnet. You may also braid the hair up into large loose braids then cover them with a bonnet or scarf.
Taking Out Crochet Braids
Crochet braids are relatively easy to take out.
- Simply cut the added hair as close to the knots as you can.
- Be careful not to cut your own hair.
- Then unravel your cornrows. The crochet knots should fall out as you unravel your braids.
Here’s a quick tutorial on the process.
If you’ve made it through this entire guide, congratulations little grasshopper, you’re one step closer to having crochet braids on fleek. Now all you need to do is go out and get them.
Pattern crochet braid
Crochet Braids are hot right now because they are easy to do and less time consuming than traditional hairstyles. But choosing a crochet braids pattern can be confusing as there are so many to choose from. So I have set up a quick guide to help you choose a braid pattern. You do not have to use these styles exactly. It is just a little guideline that we here at Jorie Hair created.
Braid Pattern 1
The easiest braid pattern is basically having your hair all back with around 10 cornrows in the front then connecting it to roughly 5 cornrows in the back. The reason is as simple as the fact that your hair needs more cornrows in the front than it does at the back. The rule of thumb with crochet braids is that you add less hair to the back, then add more as you get closer to the front.
Having a good amount of cornrows in the front means that it is easier to cover them with the hair and your part looks more natural and closer together. At the end of the day there are so many different braid patterns that you can go for. This all depends on the style you are hoping to achieve.
Braid Pattern 2
This crochet braids pattern is perfect for crochet braids such as twists, box braids and crochet faux locs. Or basically any crochet braids hairstyle that you want to have a part for. It creates the illusion of single crochet braids. This is perfect for those looking for a natural look.
This style was done by @dphairkloset . We were looking for a versatile crochet braids pattern. So we chose this pattern that gave the model a natural part. In this case our stylist @dphairkloset added braiding hair, which helps the crochet braids last longer.
These Classic Crochet Braid Patterns Are True Artistry
How could I forget tuning in to Beyoncé: Behind The Scenes of Video Phone and observing her hairstylist cornrow her signature long blonde hair into a (very apropos) beehive? Not only was this an inside look at how one of the biggest beauty icons in the world gets her hair styled—it showcased the artistry of Black hair techniques. Though the beehive has been a pattern generally used for sew-ins, it is now a popular practice for crochet hair styling.
Now, it's hard to pinpoint the exact year the crochet method—originally known as the latch hook method—became popular. Though, many hair forums mark the 1990s as the decade when crochet became a go-to hair styling technique.
With platforms like YouTube and Instagram acting as digital hair classes, the crochet method has thousands of videos filmed by hairstylists and kitchen beauticians worldwide since the benefits are hard to miss, like shorter styling time and cost-effectiveness. Ahead, check out some of the most popular patterns for crochet braids.
Meet the Expert
Brittany Johnson is a licensed cosmetologist and the senior content manager for Mayvenn Hair, a virtual hair salon offering an affordable, luxury end-to-end hair + styling service experience.
The beehive pattern is one of the most popular braiding designs for sew-ins and crochet styles says Brittany Johnson, licensed cosmetologist and senior content manager for Mayvenn Hair. "There are a few different braid patterns that work really well for crochet styles," says Johnson. "First, the classic beehive is great for people with longer natural hair and makes it easy to tuck the end of the braid-down away."
Use shampoo and conditioning products with applicator tips, like Girl + Hair, who makes cleansing in between rows a lot easier.
The micro-pattern is very similar to a traditional cornrow, but they require much smaller braids, hence micro in the name (which can be tedious for the stylist). When done right, though, the micro-pattern creates a flat base for hairstyles using straight hair. Seun's video provides a detailed tutorial on how to recreate her sleek look at home.
The Four-Way Vixen Pattern
I like to think of this pattern as a four-way stop. The four-way requires a little more work and detail than the beehive or the micro design, but the vixen pattern is one of the most vertical crochet designs you can try since this style gives you the option for "leave-out" to create a more natural look at your hairline.
The Zig-Zag Pattern
Utilizing a crochet pattern doesn't mean you need to always wear your hair down, thanks to the zig-zag design. What makes this pattern special is it starts as a traditional cornrow, but as you move to the middle of the head, you begin the zig-zag layering pattern to help achieve any of the half-up, half-down styles. "Straight back cornrows also work well for crochet styles and allow the style's parting to be moved around more freely once the hair is attached," says Johnson.
The Invisible Part Method
"[Another] popular crochet braid pattern is one that's similar to a lace closure braid down," Johnson explains. "The hair is parted in the middle or on the side and cornrowed down towards the ears. Then, the rest of the hair is cornrowed straight back, from the crown to the nape of the neck. This pattern makes parting in your desired area easy and straight to the point whenever you style your hair."
The U-part pattern is one of the most used methods for those who enjoy wearing wigs. The leave-out required with this pattern makes for a more natural look. Not to mention, the U-part takes the tension off of your edges and makes securing your wig easier given you don't have to sew in individual tracks.
If you're still feeling a little unsure about washing your hair without disrupting your style, YouTuber Taste Pink has an insightful video that guides viewers through her crochet wash routine.
"Keeping your scalp properly cleansed is important with any protective style," says Johnson. "With crochet styles, it can be a little more difficult because they tend to use hair that is either synthetic or a human-synthetic blend, and shouldn't get wet as often. When you do shampoo and condition your hair in crochet styles, use lukewarm to cool water (never hot - this can cause tangling with the crochet hair) and make sure that you are parting in between the rows to really allow the product to do its magic. Rinsing really well is key here, too."
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