Monday, April 18, 2011

Woven and Criss Cross Cornrows


Ok, this post is going to have a lot of pictures because I'm just not too good at explaining what I'm doing. It's easier for me to just show you...and hopefully that will be more helpful for you, as well. :)

To start this style, I parted Syd's hair from ear to ear and cornrowed the back half of her hair straight down.

After this, I parted out a large square on the top of her head. I put a cornrow straight across the front and tied both sides out of the way for now.

I parted out a triangle in the front left corner of this square. I didn't do anything with this triangle yet - I just tied it out of the way until later.

Then I made a cornrow next to that triangle. After that cornrow, I parted out another strip of hair and tied it out of the way until later.

I continued this pattern as I moved diagonally from the front left to the back right corner of the square. You are basically making parallel parts but only cornrowing every other section of hair. I had 4 cornrows and 5 strips of loose hair when I finished.

Next I moved to the front right corner of the square. I parted the hair (moving over the previously made cornrows) to make a cornrow that crosses over the cornrows that were already there.

I did the same thing next to the cornrow I just made. You will have a strip of hair that has a few cornrows running through it. Cornrow the strip of hair you just parted out. When you move over the earlier cornrows, you'll have to do a couple stitches where you don't add any hair.

When you've moved all the way to the back of the square, you should have a pattern that looks like this:

Now it's time to move over to those side sections. This is the shape of the section of hair I was left with after I made the square.

I wanted to do two criss cross cornrows on each side, so I split this section in fourths, parting in half horizontally and then vertically.

Then I cornrowed the section on the top left, and when I got to the center I moved to the section of hair on the lower right. Repeat, this time moving from the section on the bottom left up to the top right.



Repeat that with the hair on the other side and you're done!


25 comments:

  1. simply amazing! the picture explanation was great. it looks so much more complicated than the pictures portray. lol- of course we all know cornrowing is not at all *easy*
    great job!!

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  2. This came out so beautifully! I've been struggling so much with these criss-cross styles and now maybe I'll get it! Thanks for the tutorial!



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  3. I LOVE it.. You are so talented.. I think i am going to have to attempt this style on Lexi.. Thanks for the instructions and pix..:)

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  4. Very Beautiful!

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  5. This is simply beautiful! Katie, this style would look amazing on Little R!

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  6. Really inventive...but I'm curious, how long did it take?

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  7. Thanks ladies.

    I am native here - Syd's hair had been washed, moisturized, detangled, and slightly stretched before we started. I have a home daycare and most of the style was done while the kids were napping. I'm not sure exactly how long it took, but I'd guess somewhere between 2-3 hours.

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  8. LOVE IT!!!..im going to have to put this on my list of "have to's"

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  9. THIS IS VERY PRETTY AND THAT WAS AN EXCELLENT EXPLANATION

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  10. Wow this is amazing, there is no way I could ever pull off a style like this anytime soon. But maybe one day :) I do think I can try the criss cross cornrows though, you made it look so easy! How long do you think this style will last in her hair?

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  11. Lovely style, and I thought your explanation was great! Makes me want to try some woven cornrows, soon. =)

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  12. Diva Locks, this style will be in for 6 days. It could last longer than that, but it has to come down Saturday so we can do her Easter style for Sunday. I didn't think about that until I was halfway done with this style. Otherwise I probably would have waited to do this one until after Easter. :)

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  13. I LOVE THIS! I think I'm going to do this next time we do hair!!

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  14. that looks incredible! wow!!

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  15. you should try this with flat twists! I love this style! the pictures are very helpful, i understood immediately after looking

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  16. That is GORGEOUS! I can't wait to try it on my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Great Job and explanation... I'm going to try this style out next week!! Thanks!!!

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  18. This is beautiful!!!!! I love all the pictures, helps a lot!! Can't wait to see the Easter style!!

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  19. Very Beautiful! And so easy! I'm going to do my daughter's hair tomorrow. What products did you use?

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  20. very cute!! i'll have to try this one!

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  21. Hey! I just wanted you to know that I tried this style this weekend and will be posting it on my youtube channel (browngirlshair) today or tomorrow with your honorable mention included! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Finally tried the basket weave (I made a remix) Thanks for the instructions :)

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  23. I finally tried the basket weave. I made a remix of this style but wanted to say thanks for the instructions again!

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