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Lace Doble Couerte

If you work this braid alone, this is "A open Lace" [t4]. The preceeding braid, "A lace couerte" [t13], is simply this braid without the additional core.

It's hard to see the point of a braid that completely covers another. One possibility is that it conserves expensive materials, allowing a thick, round braid to be made with a cheaper thread hidden inside.



Seat a partner on your right side.

Take ten departed loops, and place them on the following fingers:
Outer hands: A B C
Inner hands: B C

Arrange the same color up on all hands - the bottom color forms the outside of the braid.
Tie an extra cord in with the loops and attached it to a point between you and your partner.


Work with the inner hands:
A goes through B C inner, and takes the loop on C outer unreversed.
Lower the outer loops.

Work with the outer hands:
A goes through B C outer, and takes the loop on C inner unreversed.
Lower the inner loops.

Exchange loops on your inner hands beneath the core:
Your A goes through B from within outward, and takes your partner's B unreversed.
Partner's A takes your B unreversed.
Lower A to B.

Exchange loops on your outer hands above the core:
Both workers reverse the A loop "downward".
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's A loop, taking his A unreversed.
Both workers reverse the A loop "upward" (undoing the twist from the previous step).

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 14

Lace doble couerte.
Take a lace the greatness of half thy bows and set 10 bows on your hands as before in the lace couerte [t13] and the one end of the lace shall be knit with the bows and the other end between thee and thy fellow and then shall you work in the manner of the lace couerte [t13] and when you shall change your hands next you shall change beneath the lace and your further hands above the lace and if the lace that is between thee and thy fellow be of one color thy bows departed then shall you have three laces every which one within other and all three shall be of diverse colors and every which one may be drawn out of the other by reason.

Harleian 17

For to make a lace couerte doble.
Take a lace the greatness of half thy bows and set 10 bows on your hands as you did before in the lace couerte [h16] and that one end of the lace shall be knit with the bows and that other end between thee and thy fellow. And then shall you work in the manner of the lace couert [h16]. And you shall change your next hands beneath the lace and your further hands above and then shall you have three laces each within other and each may be drawn out of other.

Serene 10

A Lace double covert.
Take ten bows of the self manner departed, and in the self manner set upon their hands as it is said of the lace covert [s9], and be one lace of the greatness of half of thy bows bound at the one end betwixt thee and thy fellow, and the other end be bound with thy bows, and then work of the same manner as it is said of the lace covert [s9], save when you shall change the overbows of your hands next, you shall change above the lace, bound betwixt thee and thy fellow, and when you shall change the over bows of your further hands, you shall change from beneath the lace bound betwixt thee and thy fellow, then shall you have double covert three laces each within other.

[The Tollemach and Harleian texts have the inner hands joining the braid beneath the core and the outer hands joining above The Serene ms instructs the opposite. This is consistent with Serene's preference for joining the outer hands beneath the braid rather than above. Connecting beneath the braid turns the structure inside out (the upper loops now form the outside of the braid), which eliminates the need to reverse and unreverse the loops before and after exchanging. It's awkward to do, but gets easier with determination.]