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Cheueron Rounde

A "chevron" is the heraldic term for two diagonal stripes that meet at an angle. Usually it points upward, like the letter "A".

Braids based on chevrons are worked like small "bends" [t24] - one on each hand. This one comes in four versions:

One-worker flat "Cheueron brod" [t30]
One-worker round "A cheueron rounde" [t31][t63][t64]
Two-worker flat "Lace ounde brode" [t33]
Two-worker round "Lace ounde rounde" [t34]

The direction that the loops are given the half-twist determines which side of the braid faces upward during the braiding. For the sake of consistency, all my directions will form a braid with the more attractive side facing down, allowing the outer edges to be easily connected above the braid.



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


Work with the right hand:
A goes through D C B left, and takes the loop on A left unreversed.
(You'll have two loops on A temporarily.)
High the left loops.
Move the loop taken from A left onto D left unreversed.
(The A loop is pulled down though the other loops on the same hand, to end on D.)

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

Exchange D loops:
Put the loop from D right over and around D left, taking back the loop from D left unreversed.

Exchange A loops:
Put the loop from A right over and around A left, taking back the loop from A left unreversed.

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 bottom of each loop upward (Clockwise).

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 31

A Cheueron rounde of 8.
Set 8 bows of 2 colors as above [t30] and work in the same manner save when thou hast changed D right with D left then shall A right change with A left and reverse as above.

Tollemache 63

A cheueron round of 8 bows not according to the cheveron round aforesaid.
Set 8 bows as it is aforesaid in the cheveron broad [t30] that is to know of 2 colors and work in the same manner save when thou change D right with D left thou shalt take D left through D right unreversed and in like wise A left through A right unreversed and begin again.

Tollemache 64

Also for to make another cheveron round.
Thou shalt do as above [t63] save when thou change D left through D right thou shalt reverse D left and in like wise when thou change A left through A right and begin again.

[The first instance of this braid [t31] doesn't specify whether you should take the D and A loops reversed or unreversed. (Neither does Harleian, or Serene, or any of the many related braids.) At the end of the manuscript, Tollemache then provides two additional entries for this same braid, with [t63] adding that the loops should be taken unreversed, and [t64] instructing the opposite. Three sets of instructions for something that doesn't make any significant difference! I've chosen to take these loops unreversed, but clearly reversed works as well.]

Harlein 31

A round cheueron of 8 bows.
(Omnia sicut prius) [All as before] [h30] save when thou hast changed D right with D left thou shalt change A right with A left, and reversing also.

Serene 48

A lace cheveron round.
Take eight bows, and do in the self manner, as before in the broad of eight bows [s47] but when D right hath changed with D left, then shall A right change with A left, and that under all the other bows and begin again.

[Serene must be turning her loops in the other direction, forming the more attractive side on the top. Connecting the outer edges underneath would keep the top of the braid on the outside.]