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A lace covert de bastuve de-miray

This is a color variation of Serene's "An other Lace of coupen covert depiole" [s12] and A Lace covert de bastuve [s22].

"Baston" is a Middle English word for "staff" or in this case, narrow vertical stripes. (This isn't the first time Serene has substituted "uv" for "on".) "De-miray" is a corruption of the French "demi ray", meaning small diagonal stripes, or rays. Together they describe a braid with two lines of purple and white diagonal stripes between two lines of solid white.

As with the other "covert" braids, the threads used for the bottom of the loops (green in this case) are entirely hidden in the core. Serene doesn't include a "cowpen" option to bring the inner color to the surface, but it certainly could be done.



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 left hands and up on the right 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 the inner loops.

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.



Serene 23

A lace covert de bastuve de-miray.
Take twelve bows in the self manner departed and set on your hands as in the covert cheveron [s16], and be two above purple upon B D and one yellow above upon C of thy [left] hand and three white above upon B C D of thy fellows left hand, and three bows of Tuells [green?] above upon B C D of your both right hands, and then work in the self manner, as in the cowpen covert of twelve bows [s11], save the bows shall never be here reversed, and so shalt thou have two bastuves covert, and two bastuves rayed of one yellow betwixt two purple with the champ white.