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Lace Endente


This braid is composed of triangular sections, which allow the direction of the diagonal stripe to change while keeping the sides of the braid straight.

It appears complicated, but becomes less so if you follow the instructions for reversing upward/downward as described in the opening paragraph of the manuscripts, and in the note below.

Tollemache offers a three color version (Serene specifies which three colors to use), while Harleian calls for only two colors. Otherwise the three braids are the same.



Tollemache (Serene):
Take eight loops in three colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: A B left (red)
Color 2: C D left (black)
Color 3: A B C D right (white)

Harleian:
Take eight loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: A B C D left
Color 2: A B C D right


Work with the left hand:
A goes through B C D left, and takes the loop on D right unreversed.
You'll have two loops on A temporarily.
High the right loops if needed.
Move the loop from D left onto D right unreversed.
Low the left loops.
Hook B in the back A loop and pull it over and around the front A loop and onto B.

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Left hand - Twist the top of each loop downward (Clockwise.)
Right hand - Twist the bottom of each loop upward (Clockwise.)
Only the loops that were passed through (currently on B C D D) need to be twisted.

[See NOTE below]

Repeat, traveling through one additional loop each time:
A goes through B C D left and D right, and takes the loop on C right unreversed.
A goes through B C D left and D C right, and takes the loop on B right unreversed.
A goes through B C D left and D C B right, and takes the loop on A right unreversed.


Work with the right hand:
A goes through B C D right and D left, and takes the loop on C left unreversed.
High the right loops if needed.
Move the loop from D right onto D left unreversed.
Low the right loops.

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Left hand - Twist the bottom of each loop upward (Counter-clockwise.)
Right hand - Twist the top of each loop downward (Counter-clockwise.)

Repeat, traveling through one additional loop each time:
A goes through B C D right and D left, and takes the loop on C left unreversed.
A goes through B C D right and D C left, and takes the loop on B left unreversed.
A goes through B C D right and D C B left, and takes the loop on A left unreversed.


Repeat from the beginning.



NOTE:

Instead of highing, transfering, lowing, and then twisting the loops - all while trying to remember which loops were passed through and in which direction they need to be twisted, try reversing upward or downward instead:

To reverse upward, flip the bottom part of the loop upward, onto the finger above.
(Use your other hand to help.)

To transfer the D loop, take the upper side from the outside, rather than the inside as usual. This is to make sure it twists in the same direction as the other loops.

To reverse downward, flip the upper part of the loop downward, onto the finger beneath.
If there are two loops on a finger, the back loop rolls over and around the front loop and down to the next finger.

With this method, you never have to think about which loops to reverse or in which direction - it will always be correct.



Tollemache 17

Lace endente.
Take 4 bows of one color and set them on A B C D right and 2 bows of another color and set them on A B left and other 2 bows of third color and set them on C D left Then shall A left take through his bow and B C D left the bow of D E right unreversed and then shall D E right take the bow of D left unreversed then low thy bows so that the bow that was take of D right dwell still on A left then reverse all thy bows and then shall a left take through his bow and B C D of the same and D right the bow C right unreversed then high thy bow of D right on C then shall D right take the bow of D left then low thy bows as before so that the bow that was taken of c right dwell on A left then reverse all thy bows and then shall A left take through his and B C D left and D C right the bow of B right unreversed then high thy bows of D C right then shall D right take the bow of D left then low thy left bows as before then reverse all thy bows then shall A left take through him and B C D left and D C B right the bow of A right unreversed then high thy right bows and D right shall take bow of D E left then low thy left bow as before then reverse all thy bows then shall thou work with thy right hand as thou didst with thy left and at every taking reverse all.

Harleian 19

For to make a lace endented.
Take 4 bows of one color, and set them on A, B, C, D right, and 4 bows of another color, and set them on A, B, C, D left. Then shall A left take through his bow and B, C, D left the bow of D right unreversed; and then shall D right take the bow of D left unreversed. And then low thy left bows so that the bow that was take of D right dwell still on A left. Then reverse all thy bows, and then shall A left take through his bow and B, C, D left, and D right unto C. Then shall D right take the bow of D left unreversed. Then low thy left bows as before, so that the bow that was take of C right dwell on A left. Then reverse all thy bows, and then shall A left take through his bow amd B, C, D left and D, C right the bow B Right unreversed. Then high thy bows of C, D right. Then shall D right take the bow of D left. Then low thy left bows as before. Then reverse all thy bows. Then shall A left take through his bow and B, C, D left and D, C, B right the bow of A right unreversed. Then high thy right bows, and D right shall take the bow of D left unreversed. Then low thy left bows. Then shall thou with thy right hand do as thou didst with thy left hand, and at every taking reverse all thy bows.

Serene 64

A lace indented.
Take eight bows, four white, two red, and two black, and be the four white upon A B C D right and the two red upon A B left and the two black upon C D left, and then shalt thou take D right unreversed through A B C D left and set it upon A left, and then reverse all thy bows, and then shalt thou take C right unreversed through A B C D left and D right and set it upon A left and reverse all thy bows, and then shalt thou take B right unreversed through A B C D left and D C right and set it upon A left, and then reverse all thy bows and then shalt thou take A right through A B C D left and D C B right, and then reverse all thy bows, and then shalt thou work with thy right as thou didst with thy left hand, and so shall you do all the bows at every bow, taking of both thine hands, and on this manner shall you take first of the left hand and then of the right hand the bow D through A B C D and then with the left hand the bow C through A B C D and D right, and then B through A B C D and D C right and then A through A B C D and D C B right, and so take thy bows till thou hast so done.

[Serene's instructions aren't very clear, but she makes up for it by repeating them twice!]