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Cheyne Brede

This is one braid in a set of braids based on exchanging loops between fingers.

The "Lace maskell" [t27] and "A lace bend" [t25] are also worked by exchanging loops, but in an entirely different sequence.



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 alternate hands:
A right exchanges with D left reversed.
(Put the A right loop over and around D left, taking D left reversed.)
A left exchanges with D right reversed.
B right exchanges with C left reversed.
B left exchanges with C right reversed.

[I've learned from my students that it's easier to keep track of where you are if you only tighten the braid between each pair of exchanges.]

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 28

Cheyne brede.
Set 8 bows on your hands in manner and color as above [t25] and then shall A right change with D left so that A right take the bow of D left through his bow reversed and in the same manner shall A left change with D right and B right with C left and B left with C right and so begin again.

Harleian 28

To make a lace cheyne brode.
Take 8 bows of 2 colors, and set on thy hands in the manner of the lace bend [h26]. And then shall A right change his bows with D left, so that A right take the bow of D left through his bow reversed, and in the same manner shall A left through his bow with D right, and B right with C left, and B left with C right.

[There's a potential point of difference between the two sources on where the colors should be placed initially. Tollemache states to set the loops "as above", which is technically the "Lace maskell" . That would mean that one color should be on A B of both hands, with the second color on C D. Harleian specifies that the loops should be arranged "in the manner of the lace bend" [h26], which places one color on the left and the second on the right hand. I believe Tollemache was discounting the very different "Lace maskell", and intended the braider to refer to the more similar "Lace bend rounde". Interestingly the only difference between the two starting arrangements is the direction that the chain spirals. Either interpretation works.]