For Shabbat sukkot I wanted to try a new round braid. It is one I’ve seen and thought was really beautiful, but had not figured out how to make. I looked at a few tutorials on the web, and figured it out. Here is a pictogram of the steps.
Start with four strands of challah and put them in a simple weave, each over one and under one in each direction.
Take the unders and, in a counter clockwise direction, put them over.
Do the same thing in the other direction.
Then this is the key (and I couldn’t photograph it, one handed) gather the ends and pinch them together, then flip the entire thing over, and you will have a beautiful braided round challah, that looks like a large knot.
One of the things I love about this round braid is that it hides the ugly underneath it and looks amazing!
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!