How to Create a European 4-in-1 Chainmaille Pattern

by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
How to Create a European 4-in-1 Chainmaille Pattern How to Create a European 4-in-1 Chainmaille Pattern
Historically, this pattern was used to create armor and other forms of clothing and accessories. This is due to the fact that the weave allows for movement or stretching from side to side and not top to bottom, and that it is easily adapted to shape and size of a person or animal.

There are many ways to create this chainmaille pattern. I’ve used two different colored rings to help illustrate the method I used.
Step 1A Open one jump ring then thread on four closed jump rings. Close the open jump ring.
Step 1B Set the rings so they lie flat and so rings overlap and rest as shown; this is key to the success of this pattern.
Weave an open ring into the two top rings on the left and right of the center ring, being careful to not disturb their arrangement.

Tip: Place a piece of tape on the established rings to keep them in line.
Step 3A Add two new closed jump rings to the open jump ring then close the jump ring. Set the two new rings into position as seen. If for any reason they do not work into the weave as shown, remove and reposition.
Step 3B Repeat Step 3 until you have a weave as long as you like.

To Widen the Weave

Step 4 Turn the woven chainmaille 180 degrees. Add one new jump ring to a jump ring at the top along the right side. As shown, this is done on the end where the last ring is on the top of the weave.
Step 5A Add a ring to the next ring down in the outside row, working from underneath up to the top then through the first ring, making sure the new ring passes through where the first and second overlap.
Step 5B Repeat to add rings to the entire row.
Step 6 If adding another row--remove the first ring added in Step 4.

Add one new jump ring to the ring now at the top along the end, as shown.
Add a new jump ring through the second ring in the outside row, working from top to bottom and through the first ring where it is overlapped by the second ring.
Step 8 Repeat Step 7 to add rings to the entire row; add one ring to the last ring in the previous row so the new ring rests into the weave according to the pattern.

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