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European 1 into 8 Mail
Basic Pattern
European 1 into 8European 1 into 8 is an advancement of the standard European family.

If you have been observing closely you may have noted that these advancements in the standard European pattern are actually quite straightforward. In fact, beyond the relationship of the link's thickness to its inner diameter there is nothing stopping further progressions, such as 1 in 10, 1 in 12, 1 in 20, etc... Just follow the same basic rules as the progression from 1 in 4 to 1 in 6 to 1 in 8.

As far as I'm aware there is no historical basis for this pattern. Still, it makes a very nice, very stiff, heavy armour.

The ratio of link gauge to inner diameter must be quite large for this pattern, anything smaller than 16 gauge 7/16" inner diameter links may not work very well.

Again, simply follow the rules of columns and rows set down in the Basic European 1 in 4 Pattern, except each link must pass through 8, instead of 4 others.

Thusly:

If the link you are adding goes through 4 links on the existing pattern, then it must also go through 4 new links.

If the link you are adding goes through 6 links on the existing pattern, then it must also go through 2 new links.

If the link you are adding goes through 7 links on the existing pattern, then it must also go through 1 new link.


The ratio of links for this pattern is 1 Closed Link to 1 Opened Link.


Starting
Step 1
  • Place an open link through eight closed links.
  • Close the open link.
A Closed Link through 8 Closed Links An Open Link through 8 Closed Links


Step 2
Layout
  • Lay the first nine links out as in the illustration.

Layout for European 1 into 8 Mail


Step 3
Adding to the Column Edge
  • Place an open link through 2 closed links.
  • Place the open link through the 6 column edge links coloured copper in the illustration.
  • Close the open link.
An Open Link through 2 Closed Links
Adding to the Column Edge


Step 4
Adding to the Column Edge
  • Place an open link through 2 closed links.
  • Place the open link through the 6 column edge links coloured copper in the illustration.
  • Close the open link.
An Open Link through 2 Closed Links
Adding to the Column Edge


Step 5
Adding to the Column Edge
  • Place an open link through 2 closed links.
  • Place the open link through the 6 column edge links coloured copper in the illustration.
  • Close the open link.
  • Repeat this step to make the pattern wider.
An Open Link through 2 Closed Links
Adding to the Column Edge


Step 6
Adding to the Row Edge Start
  • Place an open link through 4 closed links.
  • Place the open link through the 4 row edge links coloured copper in the illustration.
  • Close the open link.
  • Repeat this step each time you start adding a row.
An Open Link through 4 Closed Links
Adding to the Row Edge Start


Step 7
Adding to the Row Edge
  • Place an open link through a closed link.
  • Place the open link through the 7 links coloured copper in the illustration.
  • Close the open link.
An Open Link through a Closed Link
Adding to the Row Edge


Step 8
Adding to the Row Edge
  • Place an open link through a closed link.
  • Place the open link through the 7 links coloured copper in the illustration.
  • Close the open link.
An Open Link through a Closed Link
Adding to the Row Edge


Step 9
Adding to the Row Edge
  • Place an open link through a closed link.
  • Place the open link through the 7 links coloured copper in the illustration.
  • Close the open link.
  • Repeat this step to continue a new row, making the pattern longer.
An Open Link through a Closed Link
Adding to the Row Edge


Finished European 1 into 8 Mail

The Finished European 1 in 8 Mail Pattern


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