In Rights and lefts for 3 couples, as in Right and lefts, the 3 Couples Cross By the right to start, taking 2 bars. Next the dancers in 1st and 2nd Man's Places and also those in 2nd and 3rd Ladies' Places Cross up and down on the sides By the left While those in 1st Lady's and 3rd Man's Places Exchange places by Crossing Diagonally By the left, also taking 2 bars. These 4 bars are repeated twice more until all Scottish Country Dancers are back in their Starting Positions.
Diagram 34 shows the whole Figure as, for example, in bars 9-20 of Johnnie's Welcome Hame.
Phrasing needs care; Crossing By the left Diagonally takes nearly three times as long as each Crossing Up and down on the Sides and so must be danced with much longer steps.
For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, Rights and lefts for 3 couples, is used in either the Minicrib or the Maxicrib Dance instructions or both -
Dancing In The Cuckoo's Nest
Gordon Young's Reel
Johnnie's Welcome Hame
June Shore's Fancy
Rose Of The North
Spirit Of The Dance