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A Lace Called Cow-de-rate

This braid is unlike any of the other braids, but all three manuscripts contain it. Serene includes two additional color variations - "The Same Lace" [s38] and "The Same Lace compound" [s39]

The odd names given to this braid come from anglisized French - "coudresse", meaning "stitched", and "con drache" meaning "with grape vine".

This braid looks like a series of vertical threads stitched down in a spiral. Consistent, gentle tightening is the key to keeping the spiral evenly spaced.



Take seven loops, and place them on the following fingers:
Left hand: A B C D
Right hand: B C D

Tie the far end to a swivel - it needs to rotate while being worked.


Work with the right hand:
A goes through B right from within outward, under all the loops of both hands,
and takes the over side of A left reversed.
High the left loops.
D left takes D right unreversed.
Low the right loops.

Repeat from the beginning.



Serene 37

A lace called Cow-de-rate.
Take 7 bows of Duve [one] color, and be four bows upon A B C D left and three bows upon B C D right, and then shall A right take to reverse through the bow B, of the self hand, and under all the other bow the bows A reversed of the left hand, and then high the left bows, and then shall D, of the left hand take the bow of the right hand not reversed, and then low the bows of the right hand and begin again as before, and this same lace may be made of six bows, but then shall no bow be upon D left.