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Cheueron of 12

This is a simple chevron braid based on two bends. It's just like the 8 loop "cheueron brod" [t32], but easier because you have two free fingers.

This braid is significant for specifically reversing the loops upward and downward rather than highing, lowing, and twisting them in seperate steps. Oddly, the directions take great care in explaining this process even though it was already covered in the opening paragraph. It's worth considering this maneuver for all braids that require high/lowing followed by twisting.

Taking the overside of a loop reversed is also explained here.



Seat a partner on your right side.

Take twelve loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: B C D outer hands
Color 2: A B C inner hands


Twist all your loops 180°, while shifting them to the next finger:
Reverse upward on the outer hands.
(Flip the bottom part of each loop upward, onto the finger above. The side that was between the two fingers won't move. Begin with the loop on B, and use your other hand to help.)
D outer takes the overside of C inner reversed. [*]
(Maintaining the same twist direction as the previous loops.)
Reverse downward on the inner hands.
(Flip the top part of each loop downward, onto the finger below.)

Work with the inner hands:
A goes through B C inner, and D C B outer, and takes the overside of A outer reversed. [*]
(Undoing the unnecessary twist from the previous step.)

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
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.


Repeat from the beginning.



[*] Overside of X reversed

Usually taking the overside (or top side) of a loop means it remains unreversed. The taking finger enters the loop and hooks the top side from within. The loop transfers fingers with no twist. Taking the overside reversed means the taking finger does NOT enter the loop, but hooks the top side from the outside, causing it to twist as it transfers. The difference between this type of reversed and the usual type is the direction that the loop twists. This is important for some braids.



Tollemache 29

Cheueron of 12.
Set 3 bows of 1 color on A B C right and other 3 of the same color on thy fellows left hand the residue on thy left hand with thy fellows right hand then shall A left take the bow B of the same hand reversed so that the side that was between A and B before the taking dwell still and the side that was beneath B before the taking be above on A after the taking then shall B in the same manner take C and C D then shall D left take the overside of C right reversed so that the side that was between C and B right before the taking be under D left after the taking then shall C right take the bow of B of the same hand reversed so the side that was above on B be beneath on C in the same manner shall B take the bow of A reversed and look always when thou reverse thy bows that either hand help the other then shall A right take through B C of the same hand and D C B of the left hand be the ends of the fingers and take the overside of A left reversed and when this is in working thy fellow that sitteth on thy right hand shall work with his right hand as thou didst with thy left and with his left hand as thou didst with thy right hand and when ye have both done in this manner ye shall change your over bows of your next hands and so begin again.

Harleian 29

A las cheueron of 12 bowes.
Set 3 bows of one color on A, B, C on thy right hand, and other 3 bows of the same color on thy fellows left hand, and 3 bows of another color on B C D on thy left hand, and 3 bows of the same color on thy fellows right hand. Then shall thou take with A on thy left hand B of the same hand reversed, so that the side that was between A and B before the taking dwell still. And the side that was beneath on B before the taking be above on A after the taking. Then shall B in the same manner take the bow of C, and C of D; shall D left take the over side of C right reversed, so that the side that was between C and B right before the taking be beneath D left after the taking. Then shall C right take the bow of B left [right] reversed, so that the side that was above on B be beneath on C. In the same manner shall B take the bow of A reversed. And look always when thou shalt reverse thy bows that either hand help other. Then shall A right go through B, C of the same hand and enter B, C, D of the left hand by the end of thy fingers and take the over side of A left reversed. And when this is in working thy fellow, that sitteth on thy right hand, shall work with his right hand as thou didst with thy left hand and with his left hand as thou didst with thy right hand. And when ye have both done in this manner ye shall change your over bows of your next hands.