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A Lace for Hattes of 3 Fellows

If you work this braid alone, without the exchanging move, this is "A lace common round" [t3]. Two of these round braids can be joined side by side, making "A lace for hats of 2 fellows" [t40].

You could also choose to not connect the outermost edges, although doing so makes the braid thick and round. Perhaps there's some color-design potential there I haven't explored yet.



Seat one partner on your right side, and a second partner on your left.

Take fifteen loops, and place them on the following fingers:
Left hands: A B C
Right hands: B C


Work with the right hands:
A goes through B C right, and takes the loop on C left reversed.
Lower the left loops.

Work with the left hands:
A goes through B C left, and takes the loop on C right reversed.
Lower the right loops.

Exchange loops (adjacent hands) with your right partner:
Your A goes through B from within outward, and takes your partner's A unreversed.
Partner's A takes your B unreversed.
Lower A to B.

Exchange loops (adjacent hands) with your left partner:
Partner's A goes through B from within outward, and takes your A unreversed.
Your A takes your partner's B unreversed.
Lower A to B.

Partners exchange loops on their outer hands:
Left partner put his A loop over and behind the right partner's B loop, taking his B unreversed.

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 41

A lace for hats of 3 fellows.
Take to thee 2 fellows and set the one on thy right hand and the other on thy left hand then take every each of you 5 bows and set them in the manner of the lace common round [t3] and work all at once with your right hands and once with your left hands then shall thy fellow seated on thy right hand change the over lace [bow] of his left hand with the over bow of thy right hand and thou shall change the over bow on thy left hand with the bow of the other fellows right hand that seated on thy left hand and then shall he that seated of thy left side change the over bow of his left hand with the over bow on the right hand of him that seated on the right side then shall thou and thy fellows low your bows on your right hands and be & etc.

Harleian 42

A lace for hats.
Take 2 fellows, and set on thy right hand one and on thy left hand another [... ms ends here.]