I have always been fascinated by Chain mail as they are sold on medieval markets. Of course they were much too expensive to purchase, so I seeked a way to do them myself. This page (translated by myself - Jaelle n'ha Gilla) is "borrowed" from Sven Tiffe who did this in German. He didn't object that I wanted to publish this in English on my page. So thank you, Sven! And here it is.
For a Chain mail of T-Shirt size you will need about 7000 rings with a diameter of about 1 cm. The rings should be from stainless steel. You can buy them for around 150 DM at tool shops or from medieval suppliers. Don't attempt to make the rings from wire yourself. They will probably be too soft to carry. Apart from the rings you need 2 tweezers and a lot of patience.
The start is always hardest. If you catch up on the principle and know
where each ring belongs work goes on faster.
The method how to do this comes with the rings. It is not my invention (and not even Sven's whom I got this page from).
First begin with preparing a few dozen rings. Half of them must be bent open, so another ring can be slipped through the opening, the other half of the rings must be closed.
with the mail by knitting a chain of rings, where every second element
consists of two rings. The first ring is connected with two rings, which
again are connected with one ring etc. When laying the chain on the palm
of your hand they should fall like depicted here.
The second ring of this row is then connected with the two white rings so that it lies under the two gray rings of the row above.
ring of the next row (white) is now slipped through both of the black rings
of the last row. If you forgot which way the rings are falling, try to
draw the chain tight. It is easier to make the first piece of chain a little
That's the principle. Work your way through about 80 rows the same way as shown above. Once the Chain mail has become a little longer, it becomes easier because the rings will always fall in the same pattern.
If you have finished that you can either start with another piece that
will be attached to this first piece side by side or you can start to knit
sideways going from the first mat.
the next ring insert another directed ring: from above through the outer
gray ring and through the inner gray and black one from underneath.
Continue like this until you have reached the top.
In principle each ring is woven into four other rings. The rows fall forward and backward one by one. Each new ring is slipped in place in the same direction through the above rings.
As a general pattern follow the pattern of a wide T-Shirt you have.
Have fun weaving and wearing this !