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The Same Lace of 16 Bowes.

This time, "the same lace" refers to the one-worker "lace bend" [s41] which makes diagonal stripes.

It is worked the same as the earlier (and unhelpfully named) "same lace of 16 bowys" [s40] but without reversing the direction of the stripe.

The direction that the loops are given the half-twist determines which side of the braid faces upward during the braiding. For the sake of consistency, all my directions will form a braid with the more attractive side facing down.

Seat a partner on your right side.

Take sixteen loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: A B C D left hands
Color 2: A B C D right hands

Work with the right hands: (See Note below)
A goes through B C D right, and D C B left, and takes the loop on A left unreversed.
(You'll have two loops on A temporarily.)
High the left loops.
Move the loop from D right onto D left unreversed.
(Hook B in the back A loop and pull it over and around the front A loop and onto B.)
Low the right loops.

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
(No explanation is given for how to do this. You and your partner need to exchange A loops, with his passing through yours unreversed. Try using your outer hand to pull his loop through yours, giving your inner loop to him, and then transfering his loop from your outer hand to your inner hand.)

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Left hands - Twist the bottom of each loop upward (Counter-clockwise).
Right hands - Twist the top of each loop downward (Counter-clockwise).

Repeat from the beginning.


Imagine that your four hands are really one hand with sixteen fingers arranged like this:

(You) A B C D D C B A * A B C D D C B A (Partner)

This braid begins by taking your partner's far right (or your far left, etc) loop through all the others as far as the * where you take it through your A, continuing its passage through the rest of your loops to end on your far left.

Because of this, you and your partner can't begin working at the same time - first your partner works, then you exchange, then you work. Or, the worker whose loop is doing the traveling needs a one-move head start and exchange after which both people can work simultaneously until the final passage . At that point the other worker needs a corresponding final move finish the traveling loop's passage.

To prevent the traveling loop from showing briefly in the center, make sure you exchange loops on your inner hands so that the traveling loop always passes through the standing loop.

Serene 42

The same lace of 16 bows.
Be thy right hand according to thy fellows right hand and thy left hand to his left hand, and then shall you work both as in the lace bend of eight bows [s41], and before the reversing of your bows you shall change your over bows of you hands next, and then reverse your bows and begin again.