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Half Persian 3 in 1: Right Leaning vs. Left Leaning
Article © MAIL User: Talia

We all have our challenges. I met mine in hp3in1 (Half Persian 3 in 1) left leaning. I can't work right to left- it just doesn't work for me. Trying to maille in front of a mirror only confused me more. And I'm not standing on my head for it.

Our tutorials are all right slanting, except for TipoMaster's (Half Persian 3 in 1 [2]), which I didn't figure out was left-leaning until I managed to find another way on my own. And Elemental Dragon directed me to Phong's HP3in1 Tutorial, which is *beautifully* illustrated, but I still couldn't get it.

I came up with some pretty odd stuff along the way, which will be the subject of another posting, but eventually, I got it. I got it! And so I wrote down what I was doing so I wouldn't forget again.

Now I share my findings here, for anyone else who is struggling with left-leaning/right-leaning.

This is a picture of the difference between left-leaning and right-leaning HP3in1, pictured on a wire to make the connections a little more viewable:

Image: hp3in1_on_wire.jpg

The chain on the left is what I consider the left-leaning, for which I could not find instructions I was able to follow (I'm sure it's me, not the tutorials). The chain on the right is an example of the right-leaning HP3in1, tutorials for which can be found here: Half Persian 3 in 1 (On a Wire) and here: Half Persian 3 in 1 (CGI).

In order to understand these instructions, I may need to provide a couple of definitions for you:

Stack: All Persian weaves are defined, in part, by their use of stacks. In the case of Half Persian 3in1, there are two stacks, or rows of overlapping rings: an upper stack and a lower stack. Each ring within a particular stack lies parallel to all of the other rings of that stack and only intersects the rings of the other stack. **Note- if the concept of stacks is difficult to understand, look at the aforementioned tutorials and see if you can identify the stacks in those. If the concept is still elusive, grab some rings and jump in- you might be a hands-on learner!

Stacked Back to Front: Each new ring is placed in front of the previous ring in the stack.

Stacked Bottom to Top: Each new ring lies on top of the previous ring in the stack.

Stacked Top to Bottom: Each new ring lies beneath the previous ring in the stack.

Closed and Open Rings: Start with half your rings closed and half your rings open. For each Closed Ring you add to the Upper Stack, you will link that ring to the chain by closing an Open Ring and
adding it to the Lower Stack.

TE: Through-the-Eye. When two rings overlap, as they do with Persian Stacks, they form an "eye" shaped opening. Placing a ring TE means that the new ring goes through the eye shape created by
the overlapping rings.

AE: Around-the-Eye. Placing a ring AE means that the ring passes across the eye without coming through it, and instead goes through the section of the adjacent ring that looks like a cookie with a bite taken out of it.

TE+AE: This means, when looking at a three-ring array, which will form two eyes, that the open ring goes in through the first eye, then around the second eye, coming out through the last bitten cookie. In this case, since we are working from right to left, the open ring goes in through the eye on the left and out through the cookie on the right.

The actual difference (there is only one) between the weaves for left-leaning and right-leaning is so subtle that it might easily be missed, therefore, I will highlight the one difference in bold letters so you don't miss it.

Left to Right
Left to Right
Upper Stack:
(closed rings)
Stacked Front to Back
Stacked Back to Front
Lower Stack:
(open rings)
Stacked Bottom Up
Stacked Bottom Up

I know it's hard to follow plain old written instructions, but if you're brave and tenacious, I know you'll get it! If you use one of the right-leaning tutorials (here: Half Persian 3 in 1 (On a Wire) and here: Half Persian 3 in 1 (CGI)) to get started, that should help a lot. In the other tutorials, the stacks are shown from a different point of view and won't match up with the instructions that I've given.

So let's check your results:

Image: hp3in1_open.jpg

The Half Persian 3in1 Chain on the top is right-leaning. The one on the bottom is left-leaning. Look at which way the eyes are leaning on the examples and compare them to the chains you’ve
completed. If they match, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. If not, don’t give up yet. It took me a long time to get it, too.

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