How to Box Braid Craft Lace for Beginners

by Janice Farnsworth, Demand Media

    Learning to work with craft lace may look difficult to a beginner. Once you begin learning the steps, however, even those with no experience find themselves amazed at the ease of the most basic stitches. The box stitch or square stitch, easiest to learn of all the stitches, will create professional looking lanyards and key chains that you might give as gifts. Once you have learned the basic box stitch, other stitches come easily, and before long you will find yourself making a great variety of goodies for yourself, friends and family.

    Starter Stitch

    Step 1

    Find the center of the strands of plastic lace by holding the ends of both pieces together with one hand. Move your fingers down to the other ends where the pieces meet evenly, and fold those ends up to form a loop. When all ends meet evenly, the middle of the loop makes up the center.

    Step 2

    Hold the center of the blue strand, lay the center of the red strand across it and hold it with your thumb.

    Step 3

    Move the bottom blue strand over the red strand. Move the top blue strand over the red strand. Hold them with your thumb to keep them in place.

    Step 4

    Take the red strand on the left, move it over the first blue loop and under the second blue loop. Move the red strand on the right to the left, over the first blue loop and under the second blue loop.

    Step 5

    Slowly pull all the strands together to tighten the knot.

    Box Braid/ Square Stitch

    Step 1

    Turn the side of the starter stitch that looks like a checkerboard toward you.

    Step 2

    Fold the top piece of lace over the top toward you. Fold the bottom piece of lace over the top away from you.

    Step 3

    Move the strand on the left over the first loop and under the second loop. Move the strand on your right over the first loop and under the second loop.

    Step 4

    Pull the strands tight until they form a second square stitch. Continue stitching in this manner to your preferred length.

    Completion Stitch

    Step 1

    Do one last box braid stitch, but leave it loose instead of tightening it.

    Step 2

    Move one strand around the strand to its left and up through the middle hole of the stitch.

    Step 3

    Move the next strand on the left around the strand to its left and up through the middle hole of the stitch.

    Step 4

    Continue this step for all four strands of plastic lace. Your finished project will have all four strands coming out of the hole in the middle of the braid. Tighten down well, and use scissors to trim the uneven ends.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Tighten the knots carefully to avoid snapping the plastic lace.

    About the Author

    Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Janice Farnsworth has been a writer for more than 35 years. Farnsworth primarily writes poetry, short stories and articles about crafts and animals. She has extensive experience in loom knitting, scrapbooking, making keepsake gifts and caring for animals.