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Penne Powne

This and related braids are formed by each worker making opposite slanting "bend" braids. Several possibilities for this type of braid are explored in the "Lace amerous breide" [t53].

For once Tollemach and Harliean tack the additional instruction for making a round braid onto the end of the broad version. The text for Serene's round version, "A lace enleved", follows as a separate entry, which I have included below. "Enleved" is the result of a rather consistent transcription error throughout the Serene text. In this case, the nonsensical "enleved" should be "enjoined".

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.



Seat a partner on your right side.

Take sixteen loops in four colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1 (green): A B of both inner hands.
Color 2 (red): C D of both inner hands.
Color 3 (black): A B of both outer hands.
Color 4 (white or blue): C D of both outer hands.


Work with the inner hands:
A goes through B C D inner, and D C B outer, and takes the loop on A outer unreversed.
(You'll have two loops on A temporarily.)
High the outer loops.
Move the loop from D inner onto D outer unreversed.
Low the inner loops.
(Hook B in the back A loop and pull it over and around the front A loop and onto B.)

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
(No explanation is given for how to do this. You and your partner need to exchange A loops, with his passing through yours unreversed. Try using your outer hand to pull his loop through yours, giving your inner loop to him, and then transfering his loop from your outer hand to your inner hand.)

Round Option: Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B unreversed.

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Outer hands - Twist the bottom of each loop upward.
Inner hands - Twist the top of each loop downward.
(Counter-clockwise for you, Clockwise for your partner.)

Continue working with the inner hands until the green loops are on A B of the outer hands.
(A total of six times.)


Work with the outer hands:
A goes through B C D outer, and D C B inner, and takes the loop on A inner unreversed.
High the outer loops.
Move the loop from D outer onto D inner unreversed.
Low the outer loops.

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
(You and your partner need to exchange A loops, with his passing through yours unreversed.)

Round Option: Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B unreversed.

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Outer hands - Twist the top of each loop downward.
Inner hands - Twist the bottom of each loop upward.
(Clockwise for you, Counter-clockwise for your partner.)

Continue working with the outer hands until the green loops are on A B of the inner hands.
(A total of six times. All the loops will be back in their original starting positions.)


Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 35

Penne powne 16.
Take 4 green bows and set them on A B of your next hands and 4 red bows on C D in the same hands and 4 black bows on A B in your further hands and 4 white or blue on C D in the same hands and work as in the broad chevron of 16 bows [t32] until that the green bows be on A B on your further hands then shall ye work with your further hands as ye did with your next hands until that the green be again on A B on your further [next] hands then ye may begin again and thou wilt make it round do in the same manner as is to fore said and when ye have changed the over bows of your next hands ye shall then change the over bows of your further hands.

Harleian 34

A lace pen power.
Take 4 bows of green and set on A, B on your next hands, and 4 red bows on C, D on your next hands, and 4 black bows on A, B on your further hand, and 4 white other [or] blue on C, D on your further hands. And then work as in the cheveron broad of 16 bows [h32] until the green bows be on A, B on your further hands. Then shall ye work with your further hands as ye did with your next hands until the green bows be again on A, B on your next hands, and then begin again. And if thou would make the lace round do in the manner as aforesaid; and when ye have changed the over bows of your next hands ye shall change the over bows of your further hands, and begin again.

Serene 45

A Lace penne de pound.
Take sixteen bows of the which four be green, four red, four white, and four black, and be the four green upon A B of your next hands and four red upon D C of the left hands and four white upon D C of your further hands, and four black upon A B of the self hands, and then shall you work in the self manner as in the chevron broad [s43] till that the green be upon A B of your further hands, and then work in the self manner with A of the further hands as ye did with A of your next hands and then begin again as before.

Serene 46

A Lace enleved of sixteen bows.
Do in the self manner as in the lace penne de pound [s45], but when ye hand changed your over bows of your next hands ye shall change your over bows of your further hands, and then reverse all thy bows and begin again.