Usually (as far as I know) most people do under, over, so it comes out as a simple diamond pattern with a 6 plait, so it's a bit fiddly, although it looks nice enough.
I have a really old roo hide dog lead it's gotta be at least 50 years old & is responsible for me becoming interested in plaiting in the first place. It's a 6 strand but has a pattern, not just the diamond. I showed it to a friend of mine who said he'd never seen it before. He's a clever bloke though & within a few minutes had worked out how to do it.
Here goes: You start with your 3 strands each side. Take the top strand on the left, take it round the back & go under one, over two. Then from the right, take the next strand in the sequence round the back & go under two, over one. When you keep repeating this you end up with a pattern of diamonds stripes down the sides & a two strand jump ???( I am sorry, I dont know how to explain it) down the other sides.
I hope that makes sense.
Edited by Kanga, 07 July 2007 - 06:43 PM.