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European 4 in 1
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Article © MAIL User: Bative

Speedweaving European 4-1 Instructions

European 4 in 1 is the most basic chainmaille weave. It was used commonly for armour purposes, and is still the most used armour weave. It also looks nice as a jewelery weave. NOTE: as shown, this sheet does not hang the *correct* way; if hung the right way (90 degree turn as shown here), it will conform to the body.
The white rings are the newly added rings, The orange rings are ring(s) through which the new ring passes. The green rings are rings already added to the chain.
Step 1: Close four rings.
Image: 4in101.jpg
Step 2: Pass a new ring through these 4 closed rings, then close the added ring.
Image: 4in102.jpg
Step 3: Lay this 'unit' of 4-1 (also known as a fivelet) like so:
Image: 4in103.jpg
Step 4: Now, build another fivelet, and lay them both like this:
Image: 4in104.jpg
Step 5: Join the 2 units with a single ring like so:
Image: 4in105.jpg
Step 6: Continue adding fivelets to the chain.
Image: 4in106.jpg
Step 7: Build 2 of these chains like so:
Image: 4in107.jpg
Step 8: Join the 2 chains with a single ring like so:
Image: 4in108.jpg
Step 9: Continue adding rings like in the last step until the 2 chains are seamed together.Image: 4in109.jpg
Many thanks to Eli for the generated pictures!
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