I laid out a pattern for a 5-strand braid the other day, and test knit it to make sure it actually worked. It did work, but not exactly as I had hoped.
In my pattern, the braid strands are 2 stitches thick, and there are 10 stitches in the braided section of the pattern. That means that each of the 10 stitches are part of the braid, and there is no spacing between the strands (can you picture this?)
I then tried adding 2 purl stitches between each strand for a total of 22 stitches in the braided section (pp kk pp kk pp kk pp kk pp kk pp - where the Ks are the knit strands in the foreground, and the purls sink to the background, thus putting space between the “strands”). However, when it came time to cross the strands over each other using the cable needle, I couldn’t figure out what to do with the purl sitches between them. How can I maintain my 5-stranded braid pattern, and still have some empty space between each strand?
Does this question make any sense?