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The same Compound

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.

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, "A Lace Demi-cheveren" [s20], maintains the chevron pattern on the surface, with the green and white segments 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 the outer hands and up on the inner hands - the top color forms the outside of the braid.

Work with the inner hands:
A goes through B C D inner, and takes the loop on D outer unreversed.

Work with the outer hands:
A goes through B C outer, and takes the loop on D inner unreversed.
Lower all the loops on the inner hands.

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 A loop over and behind your partner's A loop, taking his A unreversed.
Lower all the loops on the outer hands.

Repeat from the beginning.

As desired:
Bring the second pattern 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 21

The same Compound.
Do in the same manner as is aforesaid [s20], and when thou hast a portion as much as thee liketh, reverse then all thy bows and do as is said afore and so at the end of every cowpen reverse all thy bows and begin again.