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An Open Lace

All three manuscripts comment that if this braid is worked with departed loops (and all one color up) it will produce one braid in each color. The principle here is the same as in "A open lace" [t4], which also creates two laces at the same time, but uses only 5 loops.

Other alternatives include taking the B loop of both hands reversed making "An hollow lace" [t19], or only one loop reversed for a "A broad lace" [t20].




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

Arrange the same color up on both hands.


Work with the right hand:
A goes through B C right, and takes the front loop on B left unreversed.
B takes the front loop on A left unreversed.
A goes through the front loop on B right, and takes the loop on C left unreversed.
Lower the left loops.

Work with the left hand:
A goes through B C left, and takes the front loop on B right unreversed.
B takes the front loop on A right unreversed.
A goes through the front loop of B left, and takes the loop on C right unreversed.
Lower the right loops.

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 21

An open lace of 7 bows.
Set 7 bows on thy hands in the manner of the hollow lace of 7 bows [t19] and work in the same manner of the hollow lace [t19] save in this lace thou shalt all thy bows unreversed and thy bows be departed thou shalt have a lace of one color and another of another color.

Harleian 22

To make an open lace of 7 bows.
Set 7 bows on thy finger as in the hollow lace [h13], and work in the same manner as the hollow lace [h13], save in this lace thou shalt have all thy bows unreversed; and if thy bows be departed thou shalt have one lace of one color and that other of another color.

Serene 26

The same lace open.
Do in the same manner as is aforesaid [s25] save that never a bow shall be taken reversed, and if the bows be departed that one shall be of one color and the other of another.