Here is how to tie a 4 strand flat braid with a single cord. Useful as a lanyard or Zipper pull.
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Tie an overhand knot. Make the loop slightly longer than the finished braid.
Bring the right hand end to the left going over two.
Bring the left hand end to the right going over, under.
Twist the loop to the left,
Bring the right hand end over, over.
Bring left hand end under, over, under.
To lengthen repeat steps 4 - 6.
To finish either leave the ends free or tie the two strand knot of your choice. In the examples shown I used the slipped overhand knot