Byzantine looks so ornate and complex that people never fail to be surprised at how easy it is to weave. It's among the most versatile of all chain weaves. There are so many ways to use it and so many variations based on it that learning Byzantine really opens up a lot of options for the projects to follow. Byzantine is known by a variety of other names including Birdcage and Idiot's Delight.

These are the instructions for Byzantine and the ring sizes we recommend. Multiply the rpi (rings per inch) figures by the number of inches of chain you want to make, then use the Rings pulldown at the top of the page to order them. Or just get the kitpack.

As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI
Byzantine, Round 12g RD 12 7.000 14
Byzantine, Round 14g RD 14 5.500 18
Byzantine, Round 16g RD 16 4.500 20
Byzantine, Round 18g RD 18 3.500 27
Byzantine, Round 20g RD 20 2.750 33.4
Byzantine, Round 22g RD 22 2.250 37.4
Byzantine, Round 24g RD 24 1.625 50
Byzantine, Square 16g SQ 16 5.000 18
Byzantine, Square 18g SQ 18 4.000 24
Byzantine, Square 20g SQ 20 3.000 28
Byzantine, Square 22g SQ 22 2.500 36
Byzantine, Diamond 16g DI 16 5.000 ?
Byzantine, Diamond 18g DI 18 4.000 26
Byzantine, Diamond 20g DI 20 3.000 34
Byzantine, Diamond 22g DI 22 2.625 38.8

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