How chainmain can be expanded and contracted to fit a body.
Expanding and contracting along columns
Shaping chainmail is much like knitting. The pattern can expand and contract. Thus it doesn’t need to have visible seams. Expanding European4in1 chainmail along the columns creates an almost invisible transition. It only needs a pair of two rings that differ from the pattern. In effect, a row of four rings is connected to a row of five rings. This is visualized by the frame of red-colored rings. That way the mail in the picture is growing from top to bottom. It is growing along the columns. A contraction is what is happening in the opposite direction. In other
In the above picture, the growth happens vertically. The same is possible horizontally, but it is less smooth. To do this two rows need to merge into one. This is done by two neighboring rings which only hold three rings each. This is typically used for giving sleeves a conical shape.