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A Open Lace

This braid is the same as "a lace common round" [t3], except that the loops are taken unreversed instead of reversed.

If the loops are taken unreversed along both sides, the top and bottom layers will never intersect and the result will be two separate braids. This is the base concept underlying all the "covert" or "covered" braids, beginning with the "Lace couerte" [t13].

Working with departed loops, with all one color up, will produce two braids - one of each color - as in Serene's "A lace of diverse colors" [s5]



Take five loops, and place them on the following fingers:
Left hand: A B C
Right hand: B C


Work with the right hand:
A goes through B C 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 loop on C right unreversed.
Lower the right loops.

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 4

A open lace of 5 bows.
Set on thy bows as above [t3] -> [t2] then shall A right take through B C on the same hand the bow C of the left hand unreversed and so work as in the round lace [t3] except the reversing for the open lace shall not be reversed.

Harleian 6

For to make an open lace of 5 bows.
Set 5 bows on thy fingers as in the round lace [h3] -> [h2] of 5 bows and work in the same manner [h3] save there thou takest the bows of both thine hand reversed, in this lace thou shalt take the bows of both thine hands unreversed.

Serene 4

An open lace of 5 bows.
If you will make an open lace, viz two together of 5 bows, set upon thy hands, as is said in the round [s3] -> [s2], and then shall you work as in the round [s3], save in the round the bow is taken reversed, and in this it is always taken unreversed, and then begin again.