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A Lace Uliet Boss (of two colors)

This is a two color version of "a lace uliet vine" [s57].

Serene uses the term "boss" (aka "cross") to describe this braid, linking it to the flat, three-color "a lace uliet boss" [s56]. Perhaps this braid was also meant to be flat. The directions below are for a round braid, but it's easy enough to leave out the step connecting the outer edges if you want a flat one. (See sample.)

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, allowing the outer edges to be easily connected above the braid.



Seat a partner on your right side.

Take sixteen loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1 (white): A B of both outer hands, and C D of both inner hands.
Color 2 (black): C D of both outer hands, and AB 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.)

Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B unreversed.

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 white loops are on A B of the inner 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.)

Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B 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 57

A Lace uliet boss (of two colors).
Of two colors bene two bows set in the stead of yellow, and these work in the self manner as in the Lace Uliet Vinee [s57], and then shall you make uliet boss of two colors.