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The same lace compounds

Like all of the "covert" braids, this can be worked without exchanging the outer edges into a tube. 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.

The companion braid, "A lace of covert Viceray" [s18], maintains the multi-colored chevrons on the surface, with the green portion completely hidden inside.

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.

As desired:
Bring the second color to the surface of the braid by twisting every loop so the color on the bottom is now on the top, and continue working as before.



Serene 19

The same lace compounds.
Do in the same manner as is aforesaid [s18], and when thou hast a cowpen long enough reverse all thy bows and do in the self manner as is aforesaid, and so at the end of every cowpen reverse all thy bows, and so shall thou have all the lace compound.