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Learn a Weave

European 4-1 Bias Necklace

Create a diagonal striped effect in European 4-1 by weaving on the bias - this is not as difficult as it sounds!


Make a matching bracelet. For instructions, go to click to go to page


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For a 50cm (20 inches) necklace, you will need:

Tools:

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NOTE: This is not a difficult weave - the difficulty comes in adding the correct coloured ring for the diagonal stripes. If you are using different colours to the project, make a note on a piece of paper that you can refer to, e.g. main colour (MC) = black, ice pink = red and so on.
Once you have completed a few rows of the pattern, you will hopefully begin to see the colour pattern and will not need to refer to the instructions.

1.
Close 4 white (MC), 1 ice pink, 2 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.

Link two closed white (MC) and one closed ice pink ring with one open mauve ring. Lay out the rings, making sure the rings are orientated in the same way as in the 1st picture.

Weave one white (MC) ring through the lower left hand ring and through the lower right hand ring. Add two closed ice blue rings before closing the jump ring (picture 2).

Weave one ice pink ring through the lower left hand ring and through the lower right hand ring. Add two closed white (MC) rings before closing the jump ring (picture 3).

Weave one white (MC) ring through the lower left hand ring and through the lower right hand ring. Add one closed mauve ring before closing the jump ring. Lay the mauve ring on the right hand side as shown in picture 4.

step 1

2.
Rotate your piece slightly anti-clockwise so that the top and bottom are horizontal and the four-ring edge is diagonal.

Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.

Weave one white (MC) ring through the second and then first right hand rings at the top of your piece. Link one ice blue ring (picture 1).

Weave one ice pink ring through the third and second rings of your piece, and through the last ring just added. Add one closed white (MC) ring (picture 2).

Weave one white (MC) ring through the fourth and third rings of your piece, and through the last ring just added. Add one closed mauve ring (picture 3).

Weave one ice blue ring through the fourth ring of your piece, and through the last ring just added. Add one closed white (MC) ring (picture 4).

step 2

3.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.

Weave one ice pink ring through the second and then first rings of your piece. Link one white (MC) (picture 1).

Weave one white (MC) ring through the third and second rings of your piece, and through the last ring just added. Add one closed mauve ring (picture 2).

Weave one ice blue ring through the fourth and third rings of your piece, and through the last ring just added. Add one closed white (MC) ring (picture 3).

Weave one white (MC) ring through the fourth ring of your piece, and through the last ring just added. Add one closed ice pink ring (picture 4).

step 3


*****PATTERN REPEAT*****
Steps 4-9 form the 6-step pattern repeat.
Steps 4-9 are in abbreviated form for ease of reading now that you know how to construct the weave.


4.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one white (MC), link one closed mauve.
Weave with one ice blue, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice pink.
Weave with one mauve, link one closed white (MC).

step 4

5.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one ice blue, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice pink.
Weave with one mauve, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice blue.

step 5

6.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice pink.
Weave with one mauve, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice blue.
Weave with one ice pink, link one closed white (MC).

step 6

7.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one mauve, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice blue.
Weave with one ice pink, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed mauve.

step 7

8.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.

Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice blue.
Weave with one ice pink, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed mauve.
Weave with one ice blue, link one closed white (MC).

step 8

9.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.

Weave with one ice pink, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed mauve.
Weave with one ice blue, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice pink.

step 9


*****END PATTERN REPEAT*****

10.
Repeat steps 4-9 two more times and repeat step 4. The end of your piece should have the same colour pattern as pictured in step 10. Attach a piece of wire or eyepin to the lowest ring - this marks the bottom of the V of your necklace.

step 10



You will now work upwards to finish your necklace.
The rings are added in a slightly different way with the colour pattern a mirror image of the one you have created so far.


11.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave one white (MC) ring through the topmost ring only and link one closed white (MC) and one mauve. Make sure the rings lie in the correct colour order (picture 1).
Weave with one ice blue, link one closed white (MC) - (picture 2).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice pink - (picture 3).
Weave with one mauve only. You do not add a closed ring - (picture 4).

step 11


*****PATTERN REPEAT*****
Steps 12-17 form the 6-step pattern repeat.


12.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.

Weave with one ice pink, link one ice blue and one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed mauve.
Weave with one ice blue, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC) only.

step 12

13.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 ice blue ring.

Weave with one white (MC), link one closed white (MC) and one closed ice blue.
Weave with one ice pink, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed mauve.
Weave with one ice blue only.

step 13

14.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 ice pink ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one mauve, link one ice pink and one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice blue.
Weave with one ice pink, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC) only.

step 14

15.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 ice pink ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one white (MC), link one closed white (MC) and one closed ice pink.
Weave with one mauve, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice blue.
Weave with one ice pink only.

step 15

16.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one ice blue, link one mauve and one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice pink.
Weave with one mauve, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC) only.

step 16

17.
Close 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice blue, and 1 mauve ring.

Weave with one white (MC), link one closed white (MC) and one closed mauve.
Weave with one ice blue, link one closed white (MC).
Weave with one white (MC), link one closed ice pink.
Weave with one mauve only.

step 17


*****END PATTERN REPEAT*****

18.
Repeat steps 12-17 three more times and repeat steps 12-14, ending on step 14.

19.
You will now attach your clasp to each end of the necklace, repeating the next step twice.
Open 2 white (MC), 1 ice pink, and 1 mauve ring.

Referring to picture 1, weave one mauve ring, one white (MC) ring, and one ice pink ring.
Weave one white (MC) ring through the last three rings added (picture 2).
Connect the toggle bar with one white (MC) clasp ring to the first ring added in this step (picture 3).
Repeat with the toggle ring.

step 18

Variations

  • If you use black as your main colour, light colours are a good contrast or try black (MC) with gold and silver.
  • Try rainbow colours or shades of a single colour with silver or gold (MC).
  • Gold, red and orange are glowing colours with brown (MC).