The Ladder Lacing: Variant 3

To some extent, this lacing is the least useful version of the ladder lacing. It combines the inconvenience of Variant Two's "dead end" lace with Variant One's restriction to boots with an even number of eyelet rows. The "dead end" lace means that one end will not lengthen when the lacing is tightened. Do your best to estimate the proper length for the dead end. If you make a mistake, the lengths of the lace ends can be adjusted after the lacing is complete, but it's tedious.

Like the other ladder lacings, this lacing is asymmetrical, meaning that I have written the instructions (and prepared the illustrations) referring to the left and right of the boot. You can feel free to lace the boot in the opposite direction; it shouldn't have any effect on the appearance of the completed lace. Rather than distinguishing between ends A and B like I did in Variant One, I refer to the lace ends as the "dead" and "running" ends. After step one, you will be moving only the running end, so I have not labeled the ends beyond the first illustration.

Like I said, this lacing is a hassle; it doesn't offer any improvement upon Variant One, and it makes it less convenient, so I don't recommend using it. It's here mostly for site completeness.

Step 1: Begin by passing one end of the lace through the topmost right eyelet, under to over. This will be the dead end of the lace. Bring the other end, the running end, down (not crossing) through right eyelet 1, under to over.

Step 2: Pass the running end across through left eyelet 1, over to under.

Step 3: Pass the running end up through left eyelet 2, under to over.

Step 4: Pass the running end across through right eyelet 2, over to under.

Step 5: Pass the running end up through right eyelet 3, under to over.

Step 6: Pass the running end across through left eyelet 3, over to under.

Step 7: Pass the running end up through left eyelet 4, over to under.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 4 through 7 until the running end passes through the top left eyelet, under to over.

Tie the laces. Y'know; like you learned in kindergarten.

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