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Hana-Gusari Mail (2/6 Hex)
Pentagon Attachment
Japanese Hana-Gusari Chainmail Pentagon This is a special way of attaching Japanese Hana-Gusari Mail that I use when I want the pattern to wrap smoothly around a 3D shape. I find it particulary useful for the cups of my Hana-Gusari brassieres.

I have never seen a historical pattern that uses this type of attachment, it should only be used for fantasy and fashion garb.

This type of pattern attachment, which also works for the angled column edges in European 1 in 4 Mail, capitalizes on base polygons to create semi-polyhedronal shapes (shapes that will flex into 3 dimensions). This is especially useful for patterns like Hana-Gusari that have no natural expansion or contraction.

This method can also be used to create any polygon smaller than a hexagon, such as a pyramid using 4 triangles or a tetrahedron using 3 triangles.

This will probably be the only complex illustration I create of a Hana-Gusari attachment (The 3D renders just about killed my PC), but don't let this limit your imagination. The combinations of base Hana-Gusari shapes is endless, they can even be combined with squares and rectangles of Hitoye-Gusari to create even more polygons.

The following pattern is for a small pentagon, please feel free to use larger or smaller base triangles to vary the size of the final piece.

This attachment requires only opened links.

Starting a Hana-Gusari Mail Pentagon
Step 1
  • Start with 5 Hana-Gusari triangles that each have a bottom width of 5 horizontal links, as in the illustration below.
a Hana-Gusari Triangle

Step 2
Starting a Row
  • Lay out the 5 triangles around a single closed link as illustrated below.

Layout for 5 Hana-Gusari Triangles

Step 3
1st attachment for a new row
  • Use open links to connect the horizontal links at the tip of each triangle to the single closed link in the middle.
An Open Link
X 5

First attach the five triangles to the center link

Step 4
Continuing to attach a new row
  • Use open links to connect the edges of the 5 triangles in normal Hana-Gusari fashion as illustrated below.
  • I usually work from the middle outwards.
  • It is easy to make mistakes with this attachment, please pay close attention to the illustration as a guide for the correct way to attach the edges.
  • I have found it helpful to mark the corner of each triangle with a safety pin or twist tie, this will make it much easier to identify mistakes, as well as the correct points for expanding the pattern into something like a brassiere.
An Open Link
X 35

Next link the 5 triangles together

Finished Japanese Hana-Gusari Pentagon
Finished Japanese Hana-Gusari Pentagon

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