As you can see we have used three different colors of yarn. I wanted to really make sure the colors were noticeable, but not over powering so, I still used a lot more black than I did brown and burgundy. I used two strands of yarn for each braid so what I did for the braids with the brown and burgundy yarn was combine 1 piece of color yarn with 1 piece of black yarn. Then I alternated like this: 1 all black, 1 half brown, 1 all black, 1 half burgundy, 1 all black, 1 half brown.....and so on. I think I got the exact effect I was hoping for!
Originally I was also going to use red yarn, but once it was cut and lying out next to the other three colors it was just to bright. I thought it would stick out like a sore thumb so I didn't use it.
Similarly, I had originally planned to use 5 beads per braid. I ended up just using two shades of brown and one red bead. But at first I also had a pearly orange and a warm yellow with them. Again, I thought that was two bright and not quite the look I was going for, so I stuck with just 3 beads per braid.
I decided to go with a two step plan for these braids. For the first 3-4 weeks it will be in this style - yarn braids in the back with Criss Cross Cornrows in the front. I did add yarn to the ends of the cornrows so that they blend right in with the braids in the back. They are just a bit thicker at the top. After about 3 weeks, I will take out the cornrows and put the front into regular yarn braids and leave them in for another 3-4 weeks. I did this last fall also and the braids in the back ended up being in for almost 8 weeks since I only changed the front, but they held up GREAT! I am hoping for the same results this time around.
When I picked her up from school today she told me she got "like 100 compliments" on her hair today!
So these braids were inspired by my love of fall colors, but I was also inspired by one of our readers, Holly, who sent us these pretty yarn braid pictures awhile back. I loved the colors in the first one, and I really liked the length of the braids (and the colors) in the second picture. I tried to make V's braids a bit longer this time, but somehow they always seems to end up pretty close to the same length!