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neko_kawaii
February 1st, 2016, 08:07 AM
https://youtu.be/Z9Hq3XIHFzw
Original inspiration and discussion thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=136062).

Ok, this one uses a ton of length. But fear not, if you can make only a few loops it makes a lovely bun refered to in older style lists as the Chain Bun (http://www.network54.com/Forum/242462/thread/1198934082/chain+bun).

Where will you run with this idea?

Check out Mavi's french crochet braid tutorial. (https://youtu.be/WaBn8TLmJik)

neko_kawaii
February 1st, 2016, 08:09 AM
Mine, the first loop held with mini claws for balance.
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC3169_zpswmzjszvv.jpg

And bunned. (Buned?)
http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg632/neko_kawaii_hair/_DSC3173_zpsda00d6dr.jpg

gossamer
February 1st, 2016, 08:26 AM
OH HAI! :waving:

spidermom
February 1st, 2016, 10:07 AM
With my length and thickness, I only got 2 loops, which didn't photograph well at all since it looked like a crooked knot of hair. I'll see if I can get a picture of the bun.

brickworld13
February 1st, 2016, 03:19 PM
I'm gonna try pigtails with this one. I swear. You just wait.

missrandie
February 1st, 2016, 03:25 PM
Huzzah! Gossamer, look what you started!

dfotw
February 1st, 2016, 03:39 PM
OK, so this was interesting. Keep in mind I have curly, thick-ish hair.

First attempt: whole hair, loose. I got 2 loops, it looked like a fuzzy chignon after I'd been rained on then dragged through a hedge backwards.

Second attempt: hair parted down the middle, loose. I got up to 3 loops on each pigtail, but they still looked like stumpy, frizzy buns.

Third attempt: hair parted down the middle, braided. Much easier to manage, I got three loops on each side, they were totally lopsided because I parted my hair anyhow while watching the vid, but I can cry partial victory.

Now, don't laugh...

http://41.media.tumblr.com/65d17dc3134ef51cbd14134063f2759a/tumblr_o1w47hJQwB1qfmetxo1_400.jpg

I might try with my whole hair braided, next.

sumidha
February 1st, 2016, 03:51 PM
I got a really great bun the first time I tried it, but couldn't replicate it again:

http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g469/blackcatpictures1/134_0227_zpsmo7vliwi.jpg (http://s1103.photobucket.com/user/blackcatpictures1/media/134_0227_zpsmo7vliwi.jpg.html)

I also tried pigtails, thinking maybe they could be pinned across the nape of the neck to make a low bun, but it looked funny. My hair has a lot of taper and shorter hairs, and I didn't want to cause tangles crocheting my hair again and again, so I stopped after the third attempt that for some reason didn't come out nice like the first try. It's not exactly the most gentle method of putting up my hair, but I'll probably try the bun again at some point, because I really did like it. :)

Sarahlabyrinth
February 1st, 2016, 03:56 PM
I got a really great bun the first time I tried it, but couldn't replicate it again:

http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g469/blackcatpictures1/134_0227_zpsmo7vliwi.jpg (http://s1103.photobucket.com/user/blackcatpictures1/media/134_0227_zpsmo7vliwi.jpg.html)

I also tried pigtails, thinking maybe they could be pinned across the nape of the neck to make a low bun, but it looked funny. My hair has a lot of taper and shorter hairs, and I didn't want to cause tangles crocheting my hair again and again, so I stopped after the third attempt that for some reason didn't come out nice like the first try. It's not exactly the most gentle method of putting up my hair, but I'll probably try the bun again at some point, because I really did like it. :)

Ooh, so pretty! At least you got a photograph! I will have to try this.

mary*rose
February 2nd, 2016, 01:42 PM
This is the best idea ever! I am doing this tomorrow. I don't think I'll get much more than a bun or updo, though, because I've got KL hair that's sooooo thick.

parkmikii
February 2nd, 2016, 01:54 PM
I'd like to try this too, but I fear my hair is too short for it XD

mary*rose
February 2nd, 2016, 01:59 PM
I'd like to try this too, but I fear my hair is too short for it XD

You could still try it with a half up, or maybe even just a section :)

Mavi
February 3rd, 2016, 09:04 PM
http://s17.postimg.org/rs5kdzvn3/DSCF4167_Page_1.jpg (http://postimage.org/) forum image hosting (http://postimage.org/)

Here is my crochet braid done in the french/dutch style.

hypersensitive
February 3rd, 2016, 11:10 PM
My hair is too slippery for this! I barely got two loops on tailbone length, ii hair. If you have a paranda, this can be a colorful style!

Sarahlabyrinth
February 3rd, 2016, 11:11 PM
I bet it would look good with a paranda.

pailin
February 3rd, 2016, 11:21 PM
My hair isn't nearly long enough... So I tried 2 pigtails, then I went to 4 sections and got 2 loops each. But there are definitely NOT any pictures! ;)
Still, it was fun and I'm looking forward to trying again if I ever grow my hair out to longer than I can currently imagine!

mary*rose
February 4th, 2016, 02:01 PM
http://s17.postimg.org/rs5kdzvn3/DSCF4167_Page_1.jpg (http://postimage.org/) forum image hosting (http://postimage.org/)

Here is my crochet braid done in the french/dutch style.

This is lovely! I was trying to think of how one would accomplish this style ala French braids.

I tried this yesterday, and while I was able to get three loops out of my hair, I didn't think it looked nice and though it was pretty in a bun, it wouldn't stay. So instead, I made three chains and pinned them back into a bun and that looked pretty :)

I've been thinking about this style a lot lately, and I think it would be really pretty if one were to use tiny sections from the nape of the neck and create a hair-headband with them. I personally don't like the way the knot looks at the top of the chain, and this would take care of that issue.

ALSO if anyone has the stamina I think dozens of chains would look really interesting as an updo, if you put all of your hair into little sections and crocheted them... I actually have a fancy even coming up; I might try it.

gossamer
February 5th, 2016, 10:14 AM
Pigtails

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21399&d=1454691911

Maybe would work if I could figure out how to pin them up?

maborosi
February 5th, 2016, 04:38 PM
gossamer- I LOVE the pigtails!!

lithostoic
February 7th, 2016, 02:52 PM
So pretty, can't wait until my hair is long enough to t5y this!

mary*rose
February 8th, 2016, 08:18 AM
gossamer- I LOVE the pigtails!!

Oh is there a picture there? I can't see it...

gossamer
February 8th, 2016, 08:57 AM
Oh is there a picture there? I can't see it...

Odd. It's in a public album.

brickworld13
February 8th, 2016, 09:24 AM
I love the shirt. :lol: Angler fish omnomnom.

SteelRose
February 8th, 2016, 09:59 AM
Oh is there a picture there? I can't see it...

Weird. I can see it.

gossamer
February 9th, 2016, 06:09 AM
I love the shirt. :lol: Angler fish omnomnom.

:lol: it's a tshirt from an event I helped out with my short lived time as a scientist. (BA in Physics here) Figured you'd appreciate it! :D

Moonfaerie
February 9th, 2016, 07:34 PM
These are so pretty I am going to have to play with my hair this weekend when I have some free time

lapis_lazuli
February 9th, 2016, 07:38 PM
Love the buns and especially those pigtails, gossamer! You've all tempted me to try this... :hmm:

Mavi
February 10th, 2016, 06:51 PM
Here I attempted to do an upside down french-crochet braid and finish with a bun, although the bun ended up just being the rest of the crochet folded in two. Not a great picture, but I like how it kind of looks like a flower with a stem and petals.

http://s11.postimg.org/d74qdpplv/Photo_on_2016_02_10_at_9_46_PM_2.jpg (http://postimage.org/) images hosting (http://postimage.org/)

mary*rose
February 10th, 2016, 07:15 PM
Odd. It's in a public album.

OH now I can see them for some reason and I love them so much. Oh gosh they look soooo cute and pretty.


Here I attempted to do an upside down french-crochet braid and finish with a bun, although the bun ended up just being the rest of the crochet folded in two. Not a great picture, but I like how it kind of looks like a flower with a stem and petals.

http://s11.postimg.org/d74qdpplv/Photo_on_2016_02_10_at_9_46_PM_2.jpg (http://postimage.org/) images hosting (http://postimage.org/)

Oh, I can see that! It looks lovely :)

Mavi
February 10th, 2016, 07:34 PM
It's very secure, I'm pretty confident I could go running in it. It also only took me a couple of minutes to make.

Sarahlabyrinth
February 10th, 2016, 08:24 PM
Here I attempted to do an upside down french-crochet braid and finish with a bun, although the bun ended up just being the rest of the crochet folded in two. Not a great picture, but I like how it kind of looks like a flower with a stem and petals.

http://s11.postimg.org/d74qdpplv/Photo_on_2016_02_10_at_9_46_PM_2.jpg (http://postimage.org/) images hosting (http://postimage.org/)

Oh, MY..... Can you do a tutorial on how to do this, it is just amazing.....

Sarahlabyrinth
February 10th, 2016, 10:36 PM
Well, I tried doing - something :) , don't know if I even did it right. I got some tangling afterwards. I think I would like to see a -, no, NEED to see a tutorial on this... if anyone feels obliging.

http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh582/Sarahlabyrinth/DSCF9818.jpg

Mavi
February 11th, 2016, 09:53 AM
I made a quick video on how to do the dutch/french-crochet. But I have no idea how to upload a video! Do I have to post in on youtube first? Or can I use some non account-based hosting site?

I don't think I'll be able to do a tutorial on the upside down one because I literally did it while hanging my head upside down, and I don't think that would film well :P

Sarahlabyrinth
February 11th, 2016, 12:55 PM
I made a quick video on how to do the dutch/french-crochet. But I have no idea how to upload a video! Do I have to post in on youtube first? Or can I use some non account-based hosting site?

I don't think I'll be able to do a tutorial on the upside down one because I literally did it while hanging my head upside down, and I don't think that would film well :P

Oh, I'm longing to see it! I always put mine on You Tube and then link to it, but I have seen people somehow just put them here, not sure how though. Somone will chime in with the info you need, I'm sure! Thanks so much for making the tutorial!

Mavi
February 11th, 2016, 02:06 PM
I think I successfully made my first video! :D
The framing is not the best, but you can get the gist of things.
This is for the regular dutch-crochet. To do the bun version, do exactly what I showed in the video, but do it upside-down, then bun your excess and secure with a stick! :)


https://youtu.be/WaBn8TLmJik

lapushka
February 11th, 2016, 03:03 PM
I am just amazed at your guys' mad skills. :applause

Sarahlabyrinth
February 11th, 2016, 04:41 PM
Just do it upside down, she says! Pfffttttt!!! :) Thanks Mavi for the wonderful video, I will try this. Upside down? I don't know... Maybe after practising, I worry about tangling.

Sarahlabyrinth
February 11th, 2016, 04:52 PM
I managed one! (right side up) - it was a little loose, but easier than I thought and it will improve with practice! I think it looks better than an ordinary Dutch braid too. Thank you, mavi! :) :flowers:

mary*rose
February 11th, 2016, 06:25 PM
Ooo the French version looks like a lot of fun!

Mavi
February 11th, 2016, 06:45 PM
I managed one! (right side up) - it was a little loose, but easier than I thought and it will improve with practice! I think it looks better than an ordinary Dutch braid too. Thank you, mavi! :) :flowers:

Yay! That's awesome, I'm so glad I could help :)

Sarahlabyrinth
February 11th, 2016, 06:48 PM
Yay! That's awesome, I'm so glad I could help :)

You certainly were a great help! It makes it so much easier when you watch someone do one :) You can memorise their hand movements and finger placement and then repeat it on yourself.

neko_kawaii
February 11th, 2016, 07:00 PM
Ah, the french version is brilliant! Thanks for the video, Mavi! I'm going to add a link to it in the OP.

gossamer
February 12th, 2016, 06:24 AM
Mavi, that is utterly fantastic!!

Swan Maiden
February 12th, 2016, 07:58 AM
Wow these all look fantastic and so elegant. I tried it and it was a lumpy knot that held at least.

Mavi
February 12th, 2016, 10:58 AM
Thank you everyone! I'm glad that I could help adapt this style to cater to people with a variety of lengths :)

maborosi
February 13th, 2016, 01:35 PM
http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21528&d=1455395635

Well, I think I'm going to have to wait a couple more years before I can actually do this one, lol

hobbitlocks
February 13th, 2016, 07:32 PM
I was playing around, but I managed to do the dutch version on my waist-length hair! I was worried my layers would stick out weirdly, but they didn't. It was comfortable, but unfortunately, soon after I took the picture I got my hair caught in a branch of the peach tree I was pruning and I had to take the braid out. I can't figure out how to upload to an image but here's a link to a picture on my instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/BBv-3tPmXGk/?taken-by=hobbitlocks) (I hope a link's ok!)

maborosi
February 15th, 2016, 10:13 PM
I was playing around, but I managed to do the dutch version on my waist-length hair! I was worried my layers would stick out weirdly, but they didn't. It was comfortable, but unfortunately, soon after I took the picture I got my hair caught in a branch of the peach tree I was pruning and I had to take the braid out. I can't figure out how to upload to an image but here's a link to a picture on my instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/BBv-3tPmXGk/?taken-by=hobbitlocks) (I hope a link's ok!)

I like that result!!

anodyne_ame
February 17th, 2016, 12:25 PM
I tried this as just a normal braid at first, but I was only able to manage two, maybe three loops. It did look nice after I played around with it without looking and it turned into a bun (forgot to take action shots, sorry :( ). But with the French braid version I can manage so many loops that it actually gets the crocheted look! And it's surprisingly easy to do, I think this is going to become one of my go-to styles!! Thank you Mavi for the instructions!! :)

Mavi
February 17th, 2016, 09:20 PM
I tried this as just a normal braid at first, but I was only able to manage two, maybe three loops. It did look nice after I played around with it without looking and it turned into a bun (forgot to take action shots, sorry :( ). But with the French braid version I can manage so many loops that it actually gets the crocheted look! And it's surprisingly easy to do, I think this is going to become one of my go-to styles!! Thank you Mavi for the instructions!! :)

You're very welcome! :)

mary*rose
February 18th, 2016, 08:20 AM
So I tried doing the French version of this and the ends looked a mess so I put it up in a bun and got something interesting...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1639/25109198465_d9bcfaca2c_z.jpg
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1546/25015917761_4bc5f98d75_z.jpg

I'm surprised how stable it is. And comfortable! I had tried doing the plain chain version last week; not the French one, and it wouldn't stay in a bun at all.

I think I just need some practice with the ends...Or it might just be because I have very blunt ends. I have the same trouble with chunky pieces sticking out of my French braids.

Phanaferous
February 20th, 2016, 03:56 PM
^ mary*rose the second picture reminds me of Challah bread! Or maybe I'm just hungry... :)

Here's my attempt; sorry in advance for the huge file size:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21619&d=1455956198

Mavi
February 20th, 2016, 08:32 PM
So I tried doing the French version of this and the ends looked a mess so I put it up in a bun and got something interesting...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1639/25109198465_d9bcfaca2c_z.jpg
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1546/25015917761_4bc5f98d75_z.jpg

I'm surprised how stable it is. And comfortable! I had tried doing the plain chain version last week; not the French one, and it wouldn't stay in a bun at all.

I think I just need some practice with the ends...Or it might just be because I have very blunt ends. I have the same trouble with chunky pieces sticking out of my French braids.

Oooooh Mary*Rose your head eating bun is thud worthy! :thudpile:
Whatever you just accomplished, it's great! :D

Sarahlabyrinth
February 20th, 2016, 09:05 PM
Mary*Rose, stunning! I wish mine would look like that!

Seeshami
February 20th, 2016, 09:34 PM
The Naughty Mess says, "I approve this because I cannot stay in it. I can escape so easily."

This is no business.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/BrokenCagedBird/Mobile%20Uploads/d9673ee8-44de-407f-ad2c-f28c3c7c811d_zpsiejfc01h.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/BrokenCagedBird/media/Mobile%20Uploads/d9673ee8-44de-407f-ad2c-f28c3c7c811d_zpsiejfc01h.jpg.html)

Mavi
February 20th, 2016, 09:39 PM
Teehee, the naughty mess has a great persona :lol:
All hail disorder and mayhem! :D

papayatree
February 20th, 2016, 09:40 PM
^ mary*rose the second picture reminds me of Challah bread! Or maybe I'm just hungry... :)

Here's my attempt; sorry in advance for the huge file size:

http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21619&d=1455956198

That looks so spectacularPhanaferous it has a beautiful brown color that shines pretty well!

Seeshami
February 20th, 2016, 09:42 PM
Teehee, the naughty mess has a great persona :lol:
All hail disorder and mayhem! :D

He's a hair monster. They only believe in disorder and mayhem. There is no word for behavior and goodness in his language. The songs of his people are deadly.

The Naughty Mess says, "Now if only I could get to the button"

No, You stay in your bun!

neko_kawaii
February 21st, 2016, 10:07 AM
Mr. Mess, will you stay in a bun with your beautiful crochet? It shows off your colors beautifully!

Phanaferous
February 21st, 2016, 10:16 AM
That looks so spectacularPhanaferous it has a beautiful brown color that shines pretty well!

Thanks! It was surprisingly comfortable; I'll have to remember this one for the future.

Seeshami
February 21st, 2016, 11:08 AM
Mr. Mess, will you stay in a bun with your beautiful crochet? It shows off your colors beautifully!

He's focused right now. Nothing is distracting him from the button

mary*rose
February 22nd, 2016, 08:18 AM
Thank you Mavi and Saralabyrinth :)

And Seeshami the Naughty Mess's colors do look quite lovely, imprisoned or not :bigtongue:

MusicalSpoons
July 9th, 2019, 07:48 AM
Tried the plain crochet single braid today, succeeded after the first couple of loops :D thin hair has its advantages sometimes - it actually looks like something ... well, after the initial loose blob-thing going on below the nape (it slid down to the very bottom of my neck) :lol:

After a couple more tries it did occur to me that if the first 'stitch' could be anchored at the nape somehow with a flexi or something, that might stop it being quite so loose, but it looks like the french/dutch braid version has that built in. Will have to try that another day!

Sarahlabyrinth
July 10th, 2019, 02:27 AM
Here's one with a paranda:

https://i.imgur.com/ICFynoR.jpg

MusicalSpoons
July 11th, 2019, 01:32 PM
Ooh, pretty! Did you find the paranda helped anchor the start of it at all?

Cg
July 12th, 2019, 12:12 PM
Tried the plain crochet single braid today, succeeded after the first couple of loops :D thin hair has its advantages sometimes - it actually looks like something ... well, after the initial loose blob-thing going on below the nape (it slid down to the very bottom of my neck) :lol:

After a couple more tries it did occur to me that if the first 'stitch' could be anchored at the nape somehow with a flexi or something, that might stop it being quite so loose, but it looks like the french/dutch braid version has that built in. Will have to try that another day!

I do a few French crosses, then an English cross or two, then 2 more French crosses. Pull the length through the English braid loop, and no pins or flexis needed.

Sarahlabyrinth, as always, your gorgeous paranda buns are amazing, huge, and droolworthy.