# more simple variations of ten men

altering the weaving phase (part 2)

There are actually ten simple weaves in my system. In addition to the a, a’, b, b’, c, and c’ weaves, i also introduce my students to the d, d’ e, and e’ weaves.

The reason for these new weaves is as follows:

Note that one can think of the b weave as accomplishing a +1/2 rotation of the little finger loop (i.e., if you release the little finger loop after picking up the far little finger string under the near little finger string, the net result is a half rotation of the loop away from you).

Likewise, one can think of the c weave as accomplishing a –1/2 rotation of the little finger loop.

To accomplish a –2/2 rotation (i.e., a full rotation of the loop towards you), a d weave is required, and for a +2/2 rotation, an e weave. To do these weaves, I use my middle finger and my thumb to wrap the near little finger string around the far little finger string before catching the near little finger string on the back of each thumb.

The two weaves are accomplished as follows:

d….. (pass each thumb under both index loops, then use it to push the near little finger string under the far little finger string; pass your middle finger over the far little finger string and catch on its back the string being pushed by the thumb; now pass each thumb under both index loops again and insert it, from below, into the middle finger loop; transfer the middle finger loop to the thumb and return under both index loops)

e…… (with the tip of each middle finger push the near little finger string away from you, over the far little finger string, then down so that the string lies below the far little finger string; now pass each thumb under both index loops, then under the string being pushed down by each middle finger tip, and catch this string on the back of the thumb, returning under both index loops)

The two-weave pattern d a is shown to the left below and e a is shown to the right.

the d and d’ weaves as seen from the viewpoint of the maker of the figure

the e and e’ weaves as seen from the viewpoint of the maker of the figure

extended discussion of the weaves d and d’