best way to make multiple pass welds

If I want to make a weld, a fillet weld for example, larger than is convenient with a single pass, it seems I have two ways to do this. I can make several wide passes, each of which covers the entire weld, with a weaving motion. I can also make several narrow but thicker, side-by-side passes, which together cover the surface of the fillet.

Each method seems to make a solid, good looking weld. Is there any reason to choose one over the other? Does either method have an advantage in particular circumstances?

I am stick welding mild steel.

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