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Cros Olyet Round

The pattern is hard to see in the round, but the "cross" in the title refers to an X shape, and the "olyet" is an eyelet, hole, or diamond-shaped outline.

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]

This "Cros olyet round" might be an unintentional merge of two braids. The name and color arrangement is consistent with the "Cros olyet brod" [t44], while the actual directions (with four repeats rather than eight) fit with the above grouping.

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 C both hands
Color 2: 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 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.

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 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 43

Cros olyet round.
Take 6 bows of one color and set them on A B C in both your hands and 2 bows of another color set on D right and D left and work as thou did in the sauntor brod [t42] and when D right change his bow with D left then shall A right change his bow with A left under all the other bows and so begin again.

[This is the only time Tollemache specifies to connect the outer edges underneath the braid - usually she leaves us guessing. This suggests that she must be turning her loops in the other direction, forming the more attractive side on the top. Serene also favors this method.]

Serene 52

A Lace Croisle.
Take eight bows of the which two be of one color, and six of another, and be the six of one color upon A B C of both thy hands, and the other two upon D of either hand, and then work in the self manner as in the Sawter [s51], but when D right hath changed his bow with D left, then shall A right change his bow with A left, and that under all the other bows.