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A Lace Uliet Boss

"Boss" should be "cross". It's one of many errors in the Serene text - possibly caused by Lady Elizabeth Serene's attempts to decipher 15th c handwriting.

This and related braids are formed by each worker making opposite slanting bends. "A lace penne de pound" [s45] is very similar to this one.

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 three colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1 (white): A B of both outer hands.
Color 2 (black): C D of both outer hands, and AB of both inner hands.
Color 3 (yellow): C D of both inner hands.


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

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:
Outer hands - Twist the bottom of each loop upward.
Inner hands - Twist the top of each loop downward.
(Counter-clockwise for you, Clockwise for your partner.)

Continue working with the inner hands until the yellow loops are on A B of the outer hands.
(A total of four times.)


Work with the outer hands:
A goes through B C D outer, and D C B inner, and takes the loop on A inner unreversed.
High the outer loops.
Move the loop from D outer onto D inner unreversed.
Low the outer loops.

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
(You and your partner need to exchange A loops, with his passing through yours unreversed.)

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Outer hands - Twist the top of each loop downward.
Inner hands - Twist the bottom of each loop upward.
(Clockwise for you, Counter-clockwise for your partner.)

Continue working with the outer hands until the white loops are on A B of the outer hands.
(A total of four times. All the loops will be in their original starting positions.)


Repeat from the beginning.



Serene 56

A Lace uliet boss.
Take sixteen bows, of the which be eight black, four white, and four yellow, and be four black upon A B of the right hand, and C D of thy left hand, and two white upon A B of thy left hand, and two yellow upon C D of thy right hand and be thy right hand according to thy fellows left hand, and his left hand to thy right hand, and then work both in the self manner as in the Lace enlewed [s46] you shall work six sythes with your hinder hands, and other six sythes with your further hands, and in this Lace you shall not work but four sythes with both your hands.

[The text refers back to the "lace enlewed" [s46], which is round, but that can't be correct because the following braid, "a lace uliet vine" [s57], is specified as the round version of this "uliet boss". The otherwise identical "A lace penne de pound" [s45] was likely intended to be the model here.]