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  • Pattern Symbology
  • Using Links - Tools and Opening
  • Using Links - Closing
  • European 1 in 4
  • European 1 in 8 - King's Mail
  • European 1 in 9 - King's Mail with a Twist
  • European 1 in 6 - base pattern
  • European 1 in 8 - base pattern
  • European 1 in 4:
    • Boxlink Chain
    • Tetrahedron Link Chain
    • Gridlock
  • A Brief History of Armour
  • Appendix, Photographs

Title: The Art of Chainmail: Vol. 1, European Patterns
Author/Designer: Dylan Whyte
Format/Publication Date: Sprlbnd:2002
Publisher: Self published, Gore Bay, Ontario;
Page Count: 63
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 11"
ISBN: 0973098317

SUMMARY- This is the best book I've run across for basic chainmail. It was pricey at the time of this writing($40 new, $90 used), but I feel it was worth the money. It's not exhaustive, but it covers the basics really well. The graphics are extremely clear and color-coded. I was taught to cut my jump rings differently(so that the ends overlap slightly), but Mr. Whyte does not go into making your own links. He starts the book with premade links with a straight cut and lays out the basic patterns with instructions on how to reduce and expand all the variations. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning - this would be my main go-to book for anyone wanting to pick up this skill.

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