I've been trying to lace a 36 hole wheel by following the tutorials on youtube. After I finished, I realized that two consecutive spokes were on the same side of the hub flange. Wasn't it supposed to be the other way round?

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    Unless you are doing a pattern like 3-leading 3-trailing, the spoke heads always alternate. I don't think structually the hub minds, but it is better for the wheel to maintain rotational symmetry
    – Noise
    Commented May 8 at 18:09
  • A nice clear picture would help if you're struggling to track it down. Sadly you've probably got a fair bit of un- and re-lacing ahead of you
    – Chris H
    Commented May 9 at 10:54
  • BTW I prefer Sheldon's text and diagrams for wheelbuilding. I keep a greasy printout of the main parts. But then I'm never a fan of YouTube tutorials as reference material, especially when I need both hands for the task.
    – Chris H
    Commented May 9 at 10:56

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No, never, not even in any of the more offbeat patterns I've ever seen. You'll need to take a step back and think through what's needed to correct the mistake. There is at least one other spoke out of place.

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