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Learn a Weave

Safety in Numbers

Safety in Numbers makes a lovely solid sheet made with a Viperus Berus variation (by FeMailleTurtle).



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For a 17cm (6 and 3/4") cuff bracelet, you will need:

NOTE: To make the cuff longer: 1cm = about 10 champagne rings and eight coloured rings

Tools:

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1.
Using champagne rings, make five 1-in-1 chains, each with about twelve rings. Place two chains so that they are parallel with each other (left hand picture).

Look carefully at the pictures below and flip the rings on each chain so that they are the same as each other and the same orientation as in the pictures. Move the two chains so that the upper chain butts up to the lower chain.

step 1

2.
Steps 2-5 are fiddly as you have to keep making sure the rings are laying correctly after each new ring is added. These steps allow you to make a workable start to the cuff as well as familiarising you with the weave and the colour pattern - it does get easier!

Using one mauve ring, link the first two rings of the chain. Lay the two chains back on your work mat and arrange the rings again so that they are the same as the left hand picture.

Repeat by adding two ice green and then two ice pink rings, rearranging the chains each time you add a new ring (right hand picture).

step 2

3.
Move a third champagne chain above the two joined chains from step 2. Flip the rings so that they are the same as the two joined chains (left hand picture).

You will now begin joining the third chain to the two joined chains. Push the joined mauve ring so that it leans to the left. Referring to the right hand picture, weave one mauve through the mauve ring already joined, the first champagne ring in the second row and the first ring of the new third chain.

step 3

4.
Realign the rings on the chain rows so that they are the same. Push the joined ice green ring to the right. Weave one mauve ring through the right leaning ice green ring, the second champagne ring of the second chain and the second ring of the new third chain (left hand chain).

Repeat to join one ice green ring to a left leaning ice green ring, and the third rings of chains two and three (right hand picture).

step 4

5.
Join an ice green ring to a right leaning ice pink ring and the fourth rings of champagne chains two and three (left hand picture).

Join an ice pink ring to a left leaning ice pink ring and the fifth rings of champagne chains two and three (right hand picture).

step 5

6.
The key to this weave is to recognise how the pairs of coloured rings are formed - by linking rings to left or right leaning coloured rings so as to push the pairs of colours toward each other.

Referring to the picture below, repeat steps 4-5 to add the fourth chain and the next row of coloured rings.

step 6

7.
Referring to the picture below, repeat steps 4-5 to add the fifth chain and the next row of coloured rings.

Note: sometimes the champagne rings along the edge can move above or below the adjacent champagne chain. This usually happens to the rings nearest the working edge. These can be manipulated back into place if spotted. If you have worked more rows before spotting the movement, you will need to take out the coloured ring and reweave it. The rings become more locked into position as your sheet weave grows longer.

step 7

8.
You now have a workable starting piece and may find it easier to add coloured rings one column at a time, orientating the champagne rings and the leaning rings according to the pattern.

Link one ice blue ring to join chains one and two; one ice pink ring to join chains two and three; one ice pink ring to join chains three and four; and one ice green ring to join chains four and five.

step 8

9.
Add the next column of rings, referring to the picture below - two ice blue and two ice pink.

step 9

10.
Referring to the picture below, add the next column of rings - one mauve, two ice blue and one ice pink.

The picture below shows the coloured ring pattern repeat - the next column of rings added will be two mauve and two ice blue as in the first column.

step 10

11.
To grow the cuff, add five 1-1 champagne chains to the end of each of the chains of cuff sheet as shown. Continue linking the chains together, keeping to the colour pattern.

step 11

12.
Continue adding champagne chain and coloured rings until the cuff is the required length.

step 12

13.
Weave one champagne ring through the top two end champagne rings and the top loop of the clasp. Repeat, linking the bottom two end rings to the bottom loop of the clasp. Link the centre end ring to the centre loop of the clasp. Repeat at the other end of the cuff.

step 13

Variations

  • Try rose pink, violet, mauve and purple against silver or black. Or try yellow, red and orange against brown.
  • Use more colours! Rainbow mix has six colours and would look good against silver or black.
  • The cuff can be widened by adding extra 1-in-1 chains.
  • For different sizes - for a chunky chain use id 5.9mm, 1.6mm; for a smaller cuff than the project use id 3.8mm, 1.00mm; or for micromaille us id 3mm, 0.81mm.