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Ball and Chain Flail PDF Knitting Pattern - Medieval weapon

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    • Illustrated step by step knitting pattern
    • US Imperial/Metric measurement
    • Finished size approx. 22” x 6.5” x 6.5”/56cm x 17cm x 17cm
    • Suitable for an intermediate knitter - includes knitting and purling in the round, kfb increases, k2tog decreases, i-cord


    This listing is for a PDF knitting pattern to make a Ball and Chain Flail. The pattern will be available for instant download.

    The ball and chain flail, commonly mistakenly called a morning star or mace, is a medieval weapon, originally coming from an agricultural tool. It was designed to bash people hiding behind their shields. You will see how inaccurate and difficult it is to use as a weapon when you make one!

    The handle, ball and spikes for the flail are all knit in the round and then sewn together. The chain links are knit as i-cord, then sewn together to form a chain.

    It is an abbreviated pattern with all abbreviations given, including instructions on how to work i-cord.

    Gauge: 18 sts or 28 rows per 4”/10cm on 4.5mm/Size 7 needles in stocking stitch. Gauge is not too important, but it is important not to have a loose gauge as your stuffing will show through.

    This pattern is for personal use only, and may not be used to make items for sale.

    To see my other patterns, click on Maker Magpie above. (Under the pattern name.)

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    Materials you need at home:

    • 180m/195yds Worsted/aran weight yarn in black, brown and grey, or any yarn to achieve same or similar gauge – 60m/65yds of each colour
    • 4 dpns 4.5mm/Size 7
    • yarn needle
    • stitch marker
    • pins
    • stuffing
    • optional: chopstick and wool blanket/wadding/thick fabric