Five person weaves

At this year’s IJA festival in Bowling Green Ohio, you might be trying some four person passing patterns, when a fifth person asks to join in. I used to think that five people was an awkward number for passing patterns, but it turns out that there are quite a few very nice patterns!

Mr inside, Mr outside weave

This is a five person version of the weave described in the article ‘four person patterns old and new‘. Adam and Ed feed on four count and everyone else passes to Adam and Ed on six count while walking in a figure of eight pattern. They pass to Adam (Mr outside) when they’re walking backwards on the outside of the pattern, and they pass to Ed (Mr inside) when they’re walking forward through the middle of the pattern.movement for mr inside mr outside weavwAdam’s first pass is with Diane as she walks backwards on his left. Brenda and Ed start with two self throws, and Chris starts with four self throws.

Ed’s first pass is with Brenda as she walks forwards through the middle of the pattern. After this pass Brenda walks to her right.

Adam’s second pass is with Chris as Chris walks backwards on Adam’s right.

Ed’s second pass is with Diane as she walks forwards through the middle of the pattern. After this pass Diane walks to her left.

Adam’s third pass is with Brenda as she walks backwards on his left. At this point the jugglers are in the same formation that they started the pattern, except now Brenda has taken on Diane’s role, Chris has taken on Brenda’s role, and Diane has taken on Chris’s role.animation of mr inside mr outside weaveIn the animation Adam and Ed pass red clubs with Diane, blue clubs with Brenda, and green clubs with Chris.

Five person Havana feed

This is a variation of the Mr inside, Mr outside weave where the feeders changes after five passes. Like the weave you do four count when you’re feeding and six count when you’re not feeding. The first five passes of this pattern are just like the weave, except Chris does not move. After the first two passes, Diane and Brenda swap positions, with Diane moving backwards on the edge of the pattern and Brenda moving forwards through the middle of the pattern as before.movement for five person havanaAfter the fourth pass, when Diane is in the middle of the pattern, she turns left to face Chris and Adam.

After the fifth pass, Chris becomes the new Mr outside feeder and Adam becomes the Mr inside feeder.

Chris’s first pass as the feeder is with Ed, then Ed does six count. At this point the jugglers are in the same formation that they started the pattern, except now Adam has taken on Ed’s role, Brenda has taken on Chris’s role, Chris has taken on Adam’s role, Diane has taken on Brenda’s role, and Ed has taken on Diane’s role.

There is a saying that goes with this pattern: ‘turn left at Havana’. When you get to the middle of the pattern, you always turn left after passing with the old feeders in order to face the new feeders.animation of five person havana

Double stitch

This is another weave with two feeders and three people passing to the feeders while walking in a figure of eight pattern. In this pattern the feeders both pass at the same time. They pass on two count and they pass four times to each walker. The walkers pass to the feeders four times on two count and then they pass six count. The walkers make their first two passes to the feeder as they walk forwards through the middle of the pattern. If they’re walking to the right, they pass to the feeder on the right, and if they’re walking to the left, they pass to the feeder on the left. The walkers make their third and fourth passes to the same feeder as they walk backwards on the outside of the pattern.movement for double stitchAdam’s first two passes are with Chris as Chris walks forwards through the middle of the pattern. Ed’s first two passes are with Diane as she walks backwards on the right of the pattern. Brenda starts with four self throws.

Adam’s next two passes are with Chris as Chris walks backwards on the left of the pattern. Ed’s next two passes are with Brenda as she walks forwards through the middle of the pattern. Diane’s next two right hand throws are self throws.

Adam’s next two passes are with Diane as she walks forwards through the middle of the pattern. Ed’s next two passes are with Brenda as she walks backwards on the right of the pattern. Chris’s next two right hand throws are self throws.

This is just like the start of the pattern, except now Brenda has taken Diane’s role, Chris has taken Brenda’s role, and Diane has taken Chris’s role.animation for double stitch

This pattern is also known as windshield wipers (windscreen wipers) for obvious reasons.

Double stitch (ambidextrous version)

In this ambidextrous version of double stitch the feeders both pass at the same time on three count, but they only pass twice to each walker. The walkers pass to the feeders two times on three count and then they pass six count. The walkers make their first pass to the feeder as they walk forwards through the middle of the pattern. If they’re walking to the right, they pass to the feeder on the right, and if they’re walking to the left, they pass to the feeder on the left. The walkers make their second pass to the same feeder as they walk backwards on the outside of the pattern.movement for ambidextrous double stitchAdam’s first two passes are with Chris as Chris walks forwards through the middle of the pattern, and then backwards on the left.

Ed’s first pass is with Diane as she walks backwards on the right of the pattern. Brenda starts with three self throws. Ed’s second pass is with Brenda as she walks through the middle of the pattern. At this time Diane does six count.

Adam’s third and fourth passes are with Diane as she walks forwards through the middle of the pattern, and then backwards on the left.

Ed’s third pass is with Brenda as she walks backwards on the right of the pattern. Chris is doing six count at this moment. Ed’s fourth pass is with Chris as Chris walks through the middle of the pattern. At this time Brenda does six count.

This is just like the start of the pattern, except now Brenda has taken Diane’s role, Chris has taken Brenda’s role, and Diane has taken Chris’s role. The diagram shows the whole pattern!animation for ambidextrous double stitch

In the animation each juggler has their own passing club.

Isla Vista weave

In the Isla Vista weave all five jugglers walk in a figure of eight pattern. They make two passes on two count on one side of the pattern, and they pass on six count on the other side of the pattern. Each juggler only passes with the person in front of them and the one behind them.movement for the Isal Vista weaveAdam is the first feeder on two count. His first pass is to Brenda on the outside of the pattern. Chris starts with two self throws, and Diane and Ed both start with four self throws.

Adam’s second pass is with Chris on the inside of the pattern. Brenda starts six count at this point.

Diane is the new feeder on two count. Her first pass is to Ed on the outside of the pattern. Adam and Chris start six count at this point. Brenda is in the middle of her six count.

Diane’s second pass is with Brenda on the inside of the pattern. Ed starts six count at this point.

Chris is the new feeder on two count. His first pass is to Adam on the outside of the pattern. Diane and Brenda start six count at this point. Ed is in the middle of his six count.

This is just like the start of the pattern, except now Adam has taken on Brenda’s role, Brenda has taken Diane’s role, Chris has taken Adam’s role, Diane has taken Ed’s role, and Ed has taken on Brenda’s role.animation for the Isla Vista weave

In this pattern, it really helps if the feeder on the right of the pattern says ‘one, two’, as they make their passes on two count, and the feeder on the left says ‘three, four’, as they make their passes on two count. This helps everyone to juggle at the same speed, and also keep track of the pattern.

Isla Vista weave (ambidextrous version)

In this ambidextrous version of the Isla Vista weave, the jugglers’ movements are exactly the same. The difference is that you pass two count right handed on one side of the pattern, and left handed on the other side. In the meantime, instead of passing six count, you alternate four count, five count, four count!animation for the ambidextrous Isla Vista weave

I have to admit that I’ve not tried this variation, but JoePass seems to think it works! One possible problem is that as you walk through the middle, there’s not enough time to get out of the way of the next feeder’s pass.

Moveable feast weave

In this pattern all five jugglers walk around in a figure of eight pattern. They pass on four count, passing with every other juggler, including themselves.movement for the moveable feast weaveFor the first pass Brenda passes with Chris, Diane passes with Ed, and Adam passes to himself. Adam would be facing Brenda and Chris at this point. After this pass Chris walks up through the middle of the pattern, Adam turns to face Chris, Ed walks down the outside of the pattern, Brenda walks forward to face Ed, and Diane turns on the right hand side of the pattern.

For the second pass Adam passes with Chris, Brenda passes with Ed, and Diane passes to herself. After this pass Brenda walks up through the middle of the pattern, Diane turns to face Brenda, Adam walks down the outside of the pattern, Ed walks forward to face Adam, and Chris turns on the left hand side of the pattern.

For the third pass Adam passes with Ed, Brenda passes with Diane, and Chris passes to himself. This is just like the start of the pattern, except now Adam has taken on Brenda’s role, Brenda has taken on Diane’s role, Chris has taken on Adam’s role, Diane has taken on Ed’s role, and Ed has taken on Chris’s role.animation for moveable feast weave

 

Some people call this pattern a five person Bruno’s nightmare. For me the Isla Vista weave is more like a five person Bruno’s nightmare!

If you want to do an ambidextrous version you can pass on three count instead of four count!

 

* Animated gifs were created using JoePass. Here are the pattern files in zip format.

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