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Lace Sauntor Brod

A "sauntor", or "saltire", is the heraldic term for an X shaped cross.

This braid begins with the "Cheueron brode" [t30] and then reverses the chevron direction after every four repeats.

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

One-worker flat "A lace sauntor brod" [t42]
One-worker round "Cros olyet round" [t43]
Two-worker flat "Double crosset" [t46]
Two-worker round "Double loseng" [t45]

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.



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.

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 until the loops are back in their starting positions.
("A" chevrons - a total of four times.)


Work with the right hand:
A goes through B C right, and takes the loop on D right unreversed.
(Suggestion: Using your other hand, take the D loop and push it up through C B, placing it in front of the loop already on A.)
Low the right loops.
(Hook B in the back A loop and pull it over and around the front A loop and onto B.)

Work with the left hand:
A goes through B C left, and takes the loop on D left unreversed.
Low the left loops.

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

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Left hand - Twist the top of each loop downward (Clockwise).
Right hand - Twist the top of each loop downward (Counter-clockwise).

Repeat until the loops are back in their starting positions.
("V" chevrons - a total of four times.)


Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 42

A lace sauntor brod of 8 bows.
Take 4 bows of one color and set then on A B of both your hands and 4 bows of another color and set them on C D on both your hands then shall A right take through D C B left the bow A left unreversed then high thy left bows and set the bow that was taken of A left on D left then shall A left take through D C B right the bow A right unreversed then high thy right bows and set the bow that was taken of A right on D right then shall D right change his bow with D left then reverse all thy bows and begin again until that the self color be come again on A B in both hands as it was at the beginning and that shall be when thou hast do 4 times and at every time reverse all thy bows then shall A right take through his bow and B C of the same hand the bow D right unreversed then low thy bows on the right hand so that the bow that was taken of D right dwell still on A right in the same manner shall A left take through his bow and B C the bow D of the same hand unreversed then low thy left bows so that the bow that was taken of D left dwell still on A left then shall D right change his bow with D left and reverse all thy bows and begin again until the same color be again on B C of both thy hands and that shall be when thou hast do 4 sythis [times] and in this manner thou shalt take thy over bows downward and 4 times thy nether bows upward and begin again.

Serene 51

A lace sawter of eight bows.
Take four bows on one color, and four of another, and be that one color upon A B of both thine hands, and that other color upon C D of both thine hands, and then shall A right take through B D [should be D C B] of the left hand, the bow A of the self hand unreversed, and then high thy bows of the left hand, and then set the self bow taken upon D left, and then shall A left take through D C [should be D C B] of the right hand the bow A right unreversed, and then high the bows right, and then set the self bow taken upon D right, and then D right shall change his bow with D left and then reverse all thy bows, and begin again as before, until when the self color become again upon A B of both thy hands, and that shall be when thou hast done four sithes [times] as is said before, and then shall A right take through his bow, and B C of the self hand, [the bow D unreversed of the self hand - missing text taken from the next line] and then low thy bows by, so that the bow taken dwell upon A, and that was upon A be set upon B and then shall A left take through his bow and B C of the left hand the bow D unreversed of the self hand, and then low thy left bows so be that the bow taken dwell upon A and that that was upon A be set upon B and then shall D right change his bow with D left, and then reverse all thy bows, and begin again, until that the self color become again as before upon A B of both thy hands, and that shall be when thou hast done other four sythes [times] netherward, and other four sythes overward, changing among like as is aforesaid.