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Photo Tutorial European 4-1 Bias Bracelet

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European 4-1 Bias Bracelet

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 necklace. For instructions, click here.

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Materials

For a 17cm (6 3/4 inches) bracelet, you will need:
  • 74 matt silver (white) anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 1.2mm - main colour
  • 24 ice pink anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 1.2mm
  • 24 ice blue anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 1.2mm
  • 25 mauve anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 1.2mm
  • 2 clasp rings - matt silver (white) anodised aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 3.8mm, WD 1.00mm
  • silver plated small keepsake Tierracast toggle, 9x13mm
Tools:
  • two pairs of smooth jawed chain nose, flat nose, or bent nose pliers

Instructions

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.
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  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).
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  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).
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    *****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).
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  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.
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  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).
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  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.
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  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).
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  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.
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    *****END PATTERN REPEAT*****
    Repeat steps 4-9 until the bracelet is the desired length allowing for the additional two rows at each end that will be added plus the clasp.

  10. You may find that you finish the bracelet length at a different point in the colour pattern and so may have to change the colour of the rings added in this step.

    Open 3 white (MC), and 1 mauve ring.

    • Referring to picture 1, weave one white (MC) ring, one mauve ring, and one white (MC) ring.​
    • Weave with one white (MC) ring through the last three rings added (picture 2).​
    • Connect the toggle ring with one white (MC) clasp ring to the last white (MC) ring added in picture 1.
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  11. Go back to the start of your bracelet - the colour pattern should be the same as the instructions.

    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 with 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).
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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).

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