The great thing about conventions like the IJA festival, is that there will be lots of other potential passing partners there. You should take advantage of this and try some big patterns that you can’t always do at your local club. This article describes some six person patterns.

**Pistons for six jugglers**

This is a six person version of pistons, which is described in the article on the Karamazov Shuffle and variations. Three jugglers walk around on one rectangle facing three other jugglers walking around on another rectangle. Everyone passes on four count.

In our example Adam, Chris, and Brenda walk around on one rectangle, and Diane, Ed, and Fiona walk around on another rectangle. Adam and Chris start at the corners of one long side of their rectangle, and Brenda starts at the midpoint of the opposite long side. Similarly Diane and Fiona start at the corners of one long side of their rectangle, and Ed starts at the midpoint of the opposite long side.

For the first pass Adam passes with Diane, Brenda passes with Ed, and Chris passes with Fiona.

After this pass Adam walks to his right, Brenda walks to her left, and Chris walks forward. On the other rectangle, Fiona walks to her right, Ed walks to his left, and Diane walks backwards.

For the second pass Adam passes with Fiona, Brenda passes with Diane, and Chris passes with Ed.

After this pass Adam walks to his right, Chris walks to his left, and Brenda walks backwards. On the other rectangle Fiona walks to her right, Daine walks to her left and Ed walks forwards.

For the third pass Adam passes with Ed, Brenda passes with Fiona, and Chris passes with Diane.

This is just like the start, except now Adam has taken on Chris’s role, Brenda has taken on Adam’s role, Chris has taken on Brenda’s role, Diane has taken on Ed’s role, Ed has taken on Fiona’s role, and Fiona has taken on Diane’s role.

If you find four count too fast, you can do this pattern on six count. If four count is too slow, or you want an ambidextrous pattern, you could try the pattern on three count.

**Butterfly knot**

This is a variation of the previous pattern. The difference is that instead of walking around rectangles, the jugglers walk around on a bow-tie shape (a kind of angular figure of eight)!

At the start Adam, Brenda, and Chris stand in a diagonal line facing Diane, Ed, and Fiona respectively.

For the first pass Adam passes with Diane, Brenda passes with Ed, and Chris passes with Fiona.

After this pass Adam walks to his right and forward, Brenda walks to her left and forward, Chris walks backwards. On the other bow-tie Diane walks backwards, Ed walks to his left and forwards, and Fiona walks to her right and forwards.

For the second pass Adam passes with Fiona, Brenda passes with Diane, and Chris passes with Ed.

After this pass Adam walks to his right and forward, Brenda walks backwards, and Chris walks to his left and forwards. On the other bow-tie Diane walks to her left and forwards, Ed walks backwards, and Fiona walks to her right and forwards.

For the third pass Adam passes with Ed, Brenda passes with Fiona, and Chris passes with Diane.

This is just like the start, except now Adam has taken on Chris’s role, Brenda has taken on Adam’s role, Chris has taken on Brenda’s role, Diane has taken on Ed’s role, Ed has taken on Fiona’s role, and Fiona has taken on Diane’s role.

**Double double stitch (ambidextrous variation)**

You can make six person patterns by taking any weave and replacing the feeder(s) with three more weavers. If you do this with a standard weave you end up always passing to the same person! However if you do this with the five person double stitch pattern, then each person ends up passing to two other people. Double stitch is described in the article on five person weaves.

In the version described here, everyone alternates passing three count and six count. If you want to do a right handed version you can alternate three passes of two count with six count. In the right handed variation you would pass twice to each person.

The start is the same as the butterfly knot. But for the first pass Brenda passes with Diane, and Chris passes with Ed. Adam and Fiona start with three self throws.

The movement is also similar to the butterfly knot! So after this pass Adam walks to his right and forward, Brenda walks to her left and forward, Chris walks backwards. On the other bow-tie Diane walks backwards, Ed walks to his left and forwards, and Fiona walks to her right and forwards.

The second pass is left handed. Adam passes with Ed, and Brenda passes with Fiona. Chris and Diane make self throws.

After this pass Adam walks to his right and forward, Brenda walks backwards, and Chris walks to his left and forwards. On the other bow-tie Diane walks to her left and forwards, Ed walks backwards, and Fiona walks to her right and forwards.

The third pass is right handed. Adam passes with Diane, and Chris passes with Fiona. Brenda and Ed make self throws.

This is just like the start, except now Adam has taken on Chris’s role, Brenda has taken on Adam’s role, Chris has taken on Brenda’s role, Diane has taken on Ed’s role, Ed has taken on Fiona’s role, and Fiona has taken on Diane’s role.

In the animation there are two red clubs, two green clubs, two blue clubs and twelve white clubs. The red clubs are always passed, and the white clubs are always self throws. The green clubs are always right hand passes and left hand self throws. The blue clubs are always left hand passes and right hand self throws.

**It’s good two**

This pattern combines the weavers from two ‘it’s a good one’ weaves. The ‘it’s a good one’ weave is described in the article on four person weaves. Everyone juggles a countdown from four count to two count, and they each pass to four other people!

In this pattern Adam, Chris, and Ed walk around one one figure of eight, and Brenda, Diane, and Fiona walk around on another figure of eight.

On the first beat Adam passes with Diane. Adam is walking forward through the middle of his figure of eight. Diane is walking to the right at the front of her figure of eight.

On the next beat Chris and Ed pass left handed. Chris is walking back on the left of the figure of eight, however he’s facing Ed, so he’s actually moving right. Ed is at the back of the figure of eight on the right hand side, and is about to walk forward through the middle.

On the next beat Adam passes with Brenda. Brenda is walking forward through the middle of her figure of eight. Adam is walking to the right at the front of his figure of eight.

On the next beat Diane and Fiona pass left handed. Diane is walking back on the right of the figure of eight, however she’s facing Fiona, so she’s actually moving left. Fiona is at the back of the figure of eight on the left hand side, and is about to walk forward through the middle.

On the next beat Ed passes with Brenda. Ed is walking forward through the middle of his figure of eight. Brenda is walking to the left at the front of her figure of eight.

This is a mirror image of the start of the pattern, except now Ed has taken on Adam’s role, Adam has taken on Chris’s role, Chris has taken on Ed’s role, Brenda has taken on Diane’s role, Diane has taken on Fiona’s role, and Fiona has taken on Brenda’s role.

Here is a causal diagram for the whole pattern:And here’s the animation:

If you find this difficult as a walking pattern, you can try it as a stationary pattern, with everyone standing in a circle. Everyone has one person they don’t pass to, who could be opposite them in the circle.

**Hazard**

This is a lovely six person pattern, which I believe was created by Martin Frost. Brenda, Chris, and Ed stand in a triangle. Adam, Diane, and Fiona stand in a larger triangle, with Adam standing behind Brenda, Diane standing behind Chris, and Fiona standing behind Ed.

Everyone passes on three count. If you’re in the larger triangle, you pass to someone in the smaller triangle and vice-versa. Also you pass right hand passes to the person on the right and left hand passes to the person on the left. Another way of thinking about it is, always pass the club back to the person who threw it to you. You can of course pass four count if you struggle with ambidextrous patterns.

In the animation the passing clubs are all orange! The pattern is called hazard because from above it looks like the sign for a hazard.

**Electric razor**

This is a pattern from the Madison passing book. In this pattern there are three circles. Two jugglers walk around on each circle. As you walk you make two passes to a person on one other circle, and then you make two passes to a person on the other circle. In the animation the jugglers pass three count, but you can do it on four count. If that’s still too fast for you, try it on six count.

In our example Adam and Brenda walk around on one circle, Chris and Diane walk around on the second circle, and Ed and Fiona walk around on the third circle.

At the start Adam, Diane, and Ed are at the corners of a triangle. Chris stands between Adam and Diane, Brenda stands between Adam and Ed, and Fiona stands between Diane and Ed.

For the first pass Adam passes with Chris, Brenda passes with Ed, and Diane passes with Fiona. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

The second pass is left handed. Adam passes with Fiona, Brenda passes with Diane, and Chris passes with Ed. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

For the third pass Adam passes with Fiona, Brenda passes with Diane, and Chris passes with Ed. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

For the fourth pass Adam passes with Chris, Brenda passes with Ed, and Diane passes with Fiona. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

Then the pattern repeats from the start.

**Hazard crossed with the electric razor**

This pattern combines hazard with the electric razor. It’s probably easier on four count, or maybe even six count.

Once again Adam and Brenda walk around on one circle, Chris and Diane walk around on the second circle, and Ed and Fiona walk around on the third circle.

The pattern starts just like hazard, with Brenda, Diane, and Ed standing in a triangle, and Adam, Chris, and Fiona standing in a larger triangle. If you’re in the larger triangle you pass to the person in the smaller triangle, and vice-versa. Also you pass to the person on the right. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

For the next pass, if you walked to the right in your circle, you pass to the person on the right, and if you walked to the left, you pass to the person on your left. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

The third pass is just like the start, except now Adam swapped with Brenda, Chris has swapped with Diane, and Ed has swapped with Fiona.

**Radiation hazard**

This is a variation on the previous pattern. It starts just like hazard, and everyone walks around in a circle, just like electric razor, but in this pattern you always pass to the same person.

Once again Adam and Brenda walk around on one circle, Chris and Diane walk around on the second circle, and Ed and Fiona walk around on the third circle.

The pattern starts just like hazard, with Brenda, Diane, and Ed standing in a triangle, and Adam, Chris, and Fiona standing in a larger triangle. If you’re in the larger triangle you pass to the person in the smaller triangle, and vice-versa. Also you pass to the person on the right. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

In this pattern Adam always passes to Chris, Chris always passes to Fiona, Fiona always passes to Brenda, Brenda always passes to Diane, Diane always passes to Ed, and Ed always passes to Adam. So for the second pass Adam, Fiona, and Diane make long passes across the pattern, whereas Brenda, Chris and Ed make short passes at the edge of the pattern. Then everyone walks clockwise around their circle.

The third pass is just like the start, except now Adam swapped with Brenda, Chris has swapped with Diane, and Ed has swapped with Fiona.

This pattern is called radiation hazard, because from above it looks like the sign for hazard, followed by the sign for radiation!

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