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Two-person fingerloop - advice needed

Hello everyone,

I'm hoping to do some two-person fingerloop braids with a friend this weekend. However, I'm getting horribly confused by the notation and whose hands go where. I was hoping to do some of the braids from here:

Does anyone have any advice/hints/tips? Favourite two-person braids? Easy two-person braids? Instructions?

This'll mostly just be for fun. However, my friend has never done fingerloop before (though he has done just about every other sort of braiding one can think of), so I'm hoping to a) make something reasonably pretty and/or impressive, to convince him it's a good technique but also b) not get in a horrific tangle, despite being two beginners, and thus scare him off from ever helping me with them again. :)

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Just to say, I'm particularly getting confused with the instructions that say "work with inner hands" or "work with outer hands". Does this mean if I am on the left and my partner is on my right, our hand go l->r like this: my left, their left, my right, their right? Or do the hands go: my left, my right, their left, their right? 

I.e. do my hands work as a pair and my partner's hands work as a pair, with occasional exchanges between these two pairs? Or do my l. hand and their l. hand work as a pair, and my r. hand and their l. hand work as a pair, with occasional exchanges between these two pairs? 

EDIT 2: Sorry guys, removed the link when re-writing for clarity and forgot to put it back in.
Here is my primary source for patterns
Here is my second source of patterns

An example of a braid with instructions to "work with inner hands" would be t29. Interestingly, I just noticed another braid which instructs to "work with left hand" or "work with right hand".


Aug. 4th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
Re: Two worker loop braiding
Thank you!

So, essentially "use inner/outer hand" and "use right/left hand" both mean "both people work individually and do this move". The difference is that in the inner/outer version the moves of the two people are doing mirror-images of each other. In the right/left version, the moves are just straight copies of each other.

I think I have it!
Aug. 4th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Two worker loop braiding
Yes! Unless it says "trade loops on your inner hands" in which case you must borrow an inner hand from your partner. But the directions underneath should make that clearer.

I glad to hear your questions. It's always a challenge to write clear directions. Perhaps it's time to add some video or tutorials or something,

I finally finished the alternate index, so now you can "shop" for braids by picture instead of just number and name.

Aug. 8th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Two worker loop braiding
Brilliant! Thank you so much. Unfortunately, although we got around to fingerloop last weekend we did not get as far as two-person fingerloop. However, it is very useful for the next time I find someone to bully into trying it... ^_^
Aug. 4th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Two worker loop braiding

Except when it says "trade loops on your inner hands" in which case you need to borrow a hand from your partner. The instructions after that should make that clearer.

I'm glad to answer any questions. It's always hard to write good instructions! It might be time for me to add some video, or tutorials.

I finished the alternate index for the braids, so now you can "shop" by picture and type rather than just by name and number. I hope it helps!