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Double Crosset

The name changes between the flat and round versions of this braid (from "crosset" to "losenge") but both describe the pattern of crosses and diamonds - just from different perspectives.

This braid begins with the "Lace ounde brode" [t33], 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.



Seat a partner on your right side.

Take sixteen loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: A B - all hands.
Color 2: C D - all hands.


Work with the right hands:
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 hands:
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 on your own hands:
Put the loop from D right over and around D left, taking back the loop from D left unreversed.

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.)

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

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

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
(You and your partner need to exchange A loops, with his passing through yours 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 46

Double crosset.
Set 16 bows on your hands as in the lace ound [t33] and work as in the double loseng [t45] save that ye shall not change the over bows of your further hands.

Serene 55

A lace double croiste.
Take sixteen bows of the which eight be of one color, and eight of another, and be they set upon your hands as in the Lace Ound [s50], and then shall you work as in the double losenge [s54], save that you shall not change the over bows of your further hands.