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Fret Oliet Brod

"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.



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.)

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.)

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 51

Fret oliet brod.
Do as thou didst before in the fret olyet round [t50] save ye shall not change the over bows of the further hands.

Serene 62

The same Lace fret and broad.
Do in the self manner as afore [s61], save that you shall not change your over bows of your further hands.