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Frett Oliet Rownd

"Fret" describes the lattice effect of the one color, while "oliet" (or eyelet) refers to the diamond shapes formed by the second color.

This braid begins like the "Lace ounde brode" [t33], and then reverses the chevron direction after every two repeats.

Braids based on chevrons are worked like small "bends" [t24] - one on each hand. This one only comes in the two-worker versions, although the corresponding one-worker braids are simple enough to make, even without a specific entry.

Two-worker flat "Fret oliet brod" [t51]
Two-worker round "Frett oliet rownd" [t50]
Two-worker flat "Lace cressant" [t52]

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.



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. (Oilet)
Color 2: C D - all hands. (Fret)


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.)

Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B 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 once more.
("A" chevrons - a total of two 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.)

Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B 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 once more.
("V" chevrons - a total of two times.)


Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 50

Frett oliet rownd.
Set 16 bows on your hands in the manner and color of the lace oundyd [t33] and work both as ye did in the santur [t42] but when thou takest there 4 times upward and downward in this thou shalt take but 2 upwards and 2 downward and when D right hath changed with D left then shall you change the over bows on your next hands and the over bows on your further hands and then reverse all your bows and begin again.

Serene 61

A Lace fret Uliet round.
Take 16 bows of all such colors, and the self manner set on your hands as in the Lace Ound [s60], and then work both as in the Sawter [s59], save in that you take your over bows four sythes [times] downward, and four sythes upward, and in this you shall take but twice downward, and twice upward, and after that the right D hath changed his bow with A left [should be D left], then shall you change your overbows of your next hands and of your further hands also, and then shall you reverse all your bows and begin again.