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Lace Cowe de Race

This braid is unlike any of the other braids, but all three manuscripts contain it. Serene includes two additional color variations - "A lace called Cow-de-rate" [s37] and "The Same Lace compound" [s39]

The odd names given to this braid come from anglisized French - "coudresse", meaning "stitched", and "con drache" meaning "with grape vine".

This braid looks like a series of vertical threads stitched down by a spiral of threads in a second color. Consistent, gentle tightening is the key to keeping the spiral evenly spaced.



Take seven departed loops, and place them on the following fingers:
Left hand: A B C D
Right hand: B C D

Arrange the same color up on both hands - the top color forms the "stitches".
Tie the far end to a swivel - it needs to rotate while being worked.


Work with the right hand:
A goes through B right from within outward, under all the loops of both hands,
and takes the over side of A left reversed.
High the left loops.
D left takes D right unreversed.
Low the right loops.

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 16

Lace cowe de race.
Depart 7 bows of 2 colors and set bows on A B C D left and 3 bows on B C D right and then shall A right enter into B of the same hand from within outward and under all the bows of both hands take the over side of A left reversed and then shall thou high thy left bows and D left shall take the bow of D right unreversed then low thy right bows and begin again and when thou shalt make this lace knit [knot] the end of the lace to a torett that it may turn about.

Harleian 11

Lace condrak departed.
Take 7 bows of 2 colors, and do 4 on A B C D right [ ... ] And then shall A right enter into B of the self hand from within outward, and under all the bows of both hand take the over side of A left reversed. And then thou shalt high thy left bows, and D left shall take the bow [...] thy right bows, and begin again. And when thou shalt make thy lace look thou knit the end of the lace to a turn that it may turn about.

Serene 38

The same lace.
If you like to make this lace the one to turn of one color the other of another be all the bows departed, and that one color of all the bows be above and then work in the self manner as is aforesaid [s37].