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A lace of covert Viceray

Like all of the "covert" braids, this can be worked without exchanging the outer edges. In that case, you'll produce two flat braids - one solid green and the other white with purple and yellow chevrons. Unlike the other "covert" braids, a one-worker flat version doesn't work well. The braid is too asymmetrical, with long floats along one side. It really needs the mirror image provided by a second worker.

It's hard to see the point of a braid that completely covers another. One possibility is that it conserves expensive materials, allowing a thick, round braid to be made with a cheaper thread hidden inside.

The companion braid, "The same lace compounds" [s19] calls for reversing all the loops periodically, to make green segments alternating with the multi-colored chevrons.

Connecting the outer hands beneath the braid is described in the opening paragraph of Serene [s1], and is the prefered method for all her "covert" braids. The movement is much easier to do if both workers reach forward, underneath the braid and toward the braid's attachment point before exchanging loops.

Seat a partner on your right side.

Take twelve loops departed with green, and place them on the following fingers:
Outer hands: (PYP) B C D
Inner hands: (WWW) B C D

Arrange green down on all hands - the top color forms the outside of the braid.

Exchange D loops on your own hands:
Put your inner D loop over and behind your outer D loop, taking the outer loop unreversed.

Work with your inner hands:
A inner goes through B C inner, and takes the loop on D inner unreversed.
Lower the inner loops.
A inner goes through D outer, and takes the loops on C B outer unreversed.
High the loop from D outer to B outer.
Move the outermost loop on A inner to C outer, and the innermost loop to D outer.

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
Your A goes through B from within outward, and takes your partner's B unreversed.
Partner's A takes your B unreversed.
Lower A to B.

Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Reaching forward and under the braid, put your B loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B unreversed.

Repeat from the beginning.

Serene 18

A lace of covert Viceray.
Take twelve bows in the self manner set on thy hands and departed, and on thy fellows, as in the covert Chevron [s16], then shall D of the right hand take through his bow, and change not the bow D unreversed of thy left hand, and then A of thy right hand, shall through B C of the self hand, take the bow D unreversed of the self hand, and then low thy bows of the same hand, and then shall A take off the right hand through the bow D of the left hand the bows C B of the self hand unreversed, and then high the bows of thy self hand upon B and the bow that is more without upon A of thy right hand set upon C of the left hand, and that that was more within set upon D of the left hand, and in self manner do thy fellow with his right hand as thou dost with thy left hand, and then change your bows above and beneath.