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Cros Olyet Brod

This braid is a longer-repeat version of "lace sauntor brod" [t42]. The "cross" in the title refers to an X shape, and the "olyet" is an eyelet, hole, or diamond-shaped outline.

It begins with the "Cheueron brode" [t30] and then reverses the chevron direction after every eight repeats. Braids based on chevrons are worked like small "bends" [t24] - one on each hand.

This one looks like it tried to have four versions (like the other braids based on chevrons) but most are questionable in some way, as noted below:

One-worker flat "Cross olyet brod" [t44]  
One-worker round None - See sidebar below Possibly merged with [t43]
Two-worker flat "Sauntor oliet" [t47] Color arrangement is unsuitable.
Two-worker round "Sauntor oliet round" [t48] Color arrangement is unsuitable.

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 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.

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 second time the loops are back in their starting positions.
("A" chevrons - a total of eight 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 second time the loops are back in their starting positions.
("V" chevrons - a total of eight times.)


Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 44

Cros olyet brod of 8 bows.
Take 6 bows of one color and 2 bows of another color and set on thy hands as in the crose oliet round [t43] and then work as in the sauntor [t42] save there thou takest the over bows downward but 4 times and the nether bows upward so often and in this thou shalt take each of them 8 times both upward and downward.

Serene 53

A Lace Croise Uliet.
Take eight bows, six of one color and two of another, and in the self manner set upon thy hands as in the croisle [s52], work then in the self manner as in the Sawter [s51], save that in the Sawter thou takest but four sythes [times] thine over bows downward, and four sythes upward, and in this lace thou shalt take thine over bows eight sythes downward, and thy lower bows eight sythes upward.