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Lace Frettys

A "fretty" is an interlaced border, like a lattice. A cord is threaded through the center of this braid afterward to show off the frett pattern.

"A lace maskell" [t27] is the flat version of this braid.

This is one of a set of braids based on exchanging loops between fingers. "A lace bend rounde" [t25] and the "cheyne braid" [t28] are also worked by exchanging loops, but in an entirely different sequence.



Take eight loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: A B of both hands
Color 2: C D of both hands


Exchange loops with the opposite fingers:
A right exchanges with A left reversed.
(Put the A right loop over and around A left, taking A left reversed.)
B right exchanges with B left reversed.
C right exchanges with C left reversed.
D right exchanges with D left reversed.

Repeat these four exchanges once more.

Exchange the top and bottom (A B and C D) pairs:
A right exchanges with B left reversed.
B right exchanges with A left reversed.
C right exchanges with D left reversed.
D right exchanges with C left reversed.

Exchange loops with the opposite fingers (just like before):
A right exchanges with A left reversed.
B right exchanges with B left reversed.
C right exchanges with C left reversed.
D right exchanges with D left reversed.

Repeat these four exchanges once more.

Exchange the central (B C) pair:
C right exchanges with B left reversed.
B right exchanges with C left reversed.

Join the outer (A D) edges:
Move the loops from B C left onto B C right.
(This is a temporary move to keep them out of the way.)
A right exchanges with D left reversed.
D right exchanges with A left reversed.
Return the loops held on B C right back to B C left.

Repeat from the beginning.

When the braid is finished, thread another cord through the middle to highlight the frett pattern.



Tollemache 49

Lace frettys.
Set 8 bows on thy hands in the lace maske [t27] and work in the same manner and when B right hath changed with C left and C right with B left then shall thou set the bows of B C left on the right hand while A right change his bow with D left and D right with A left then shall B and C left take their bows again of the right hand and begin again to the lace be made then do therein a lace of another color and then shall it be fretted.

Serene 36

A lace called the fret.
Do in the self manner as is aforesaid in the maskell [s35], and when B right hath changed with C left and C right with B left, then shall the bow B left be set upon B right, and C left upon C right, and then A right shall change with D left, and D right with A left, and then B C of the self hand shall take again her bows, and then shall you begin as before till the lace is made, and then do another within that lace, that is of another color, and then shall it be fret.