How To: Interlocking Patterns with Clock Diagram5:27 PM
Below are interlocking patterns I have gather from all over the web, YouTube and every other social media venue. The common pattern is "pattern 4" and that is suggested for tightly curled hair, and Pattern 3 is recommended for looser curled hair. The least used pattern is "pattern 4 reversed" which is used for locks that are prone to slippages and unraveling. To find out how to start your locks click here.
Below are an examples of what I mean.
4a/4b ( Tighly Curled) Pattern 4
For tightly curls hair go with 9, 6, 3, 12
3b/3c ( Tighly Curled) Pattern 3
For loose curls hair go with 9, 6, 9, 12
Prono to Excessive Slippage
Go with 3, 6, 9, 12
Now the above are examples of patterns. The numbers that are being referred are the rotation via the clock dial. For example, once you have created a starter lock using either the backcomb method or if you tightening up the new growth from the braidlocs, you would enter your lock in the direction of the 3`o Clock to 9` o clock (east to west). Then you will enter from 6` 0 clock to 12` 0 clock (north to south), and then again enter from 9` 0 clock to 3` o clock (west to east) and finally 12` o clock to 6` o clock (south to north). From reading my directions, you should have done Pattern 4.
Below is a step by step illustration of the pattern 4. Green arrow is your starting point, and the red arrow is your end point. If you want a example of this, check out this video.
Enter the loc at the scalp at 3`o Clock to 9` o clock (east to west). Note: Make sure you push loop down towards the lock to eliminate gaps in your locks.
Enter the loc at the scalp at 6` 0 clock to 12` 0 clock (north to south).
Enter the loc 9` 0 clock to 3` o clock (west to east).
Enter the loc at 12` o clock to 6` o clock (south to north).
Repeat until you are at the scalp, and cannot complete another rotation. Your final "interlocked" lock should resemble a fishtail, and feel like a tight cord. NEVER insert the tool in the same direction, because that causes holes and gaps in your lock.
I got most of information from Nubianlocks Blog and a little from Nappyloc site, and I modify the information a little since I'm slow, and it took me a while to do this correctly. So I hope this post can help you as it did me. Please visit how to start your microlocks or interlocks post first.