Hopefully there will someday be
pictures to go with these instructions, but for now, here is a text version! (Just a note, these are rather
old, being the first set of instructions I ever wrote, so they may not be the easiest to follow).
Since its your first pouch I would start with the rectangle to get the weave down. The rectangle should be woven with the rows running horizontal, and the horizontal length should be 36 rings. There should be 21 rows. Take a look at either of those guides or just about any good picture of 4-1 and you'll see what I mean about the rows. Make sure that you always ahve the weave running the same way, you may want to mess aroudn with soem of the larger rings for a little while first and just get the weave down before working on the pouch.
Making that rectangle will probably take you a couple hours as it will be around 750 rings, but its fun :-)
Now, for the circle I like to make it directly off the rectangle instead of a seperate piece which I have to attach. The way this is done is to make 6 triangles off the bottom of the rectangle which will later combine to make the circle (I guess its a hexagon, but it looks circular when its finished).
Each triangle is just a set of tapering rows, start at the left and weave 5 rings to the first 6 on the bottom row of your rectangle, each new ring going through 2 from the rectangle. Then make a row of 4 in the same manner off the row of 5, then a row of 3, 2 and 1, tahts the first triangle. Now make another triangle off the next 6 rings on the bottom of the rectangle, continue accross and you should get 6 triangles because the rectangle should be 36 rings long.
Just as a note 4-1 triangles like these are often reffered to as dags, and are often used for decoration.
Now that you have a rectangle with 6 dags off the bottom you're ready to connect the sides and create a pouch, this is probably the trickiest part of the process.
I like to start at the bottom and make the circle first, its slightly more complicated, but if you start at the top its really difficult to get the last couple rings in.
take 1 ring, put it through the bottom ring in the leftmost dag, weaving it from the bottom up through the ring. Now continue with this same ring and put it through the other 5 bottom rings, each time going from the bottom up through the ring, now close it. That will be the bottom ring of the pouch and close everything off, it will also start pulling everything together into a circle.
Now, I recomend grabbing a small sheet of cloth or paper because as we go along you will need to weave rings which are overlaping other rings and its helpful to seperate them and makes it easier to see whats going on.
Acctually, that bottom ring is the only really difficult one down there, so now lets move to the top and work our way down.
All you have to do to connect the sides of the rectangle is place the sides next to each other, and connect the pattern. Depending on how you made your rows you will either need to open some of the rings on one side and connect them to the other, or add a column of new rings, either way it should be one ring every other row that you use to connect them. It will be fairly obvious if you do it right because once your done you won't be able to tell where the seam is, the pattern should continue flawlessly.
Now, to connect the dags your goign to ened around a dozen open rings. Place two of the dags next to each other. I'm goign to refer to the row of the dags with only 1 ring as row 1, two rings as row 2, 3 rings as row 3, etc. You should be able to add a ring to row 4 such that it goes through two rings of each dag, those rings being in rows 3 and 5. Working with those same dags you can add one more ring in row 2 that connects to 2 rings in each dag, the rings being in rows 1 and 3. Repeat that until all 6 dags are connected, should take 12 rings.
And that should be it, everything will be connected, just run a string, I like leather lace, through the top row and you should have a pouch. Thats the size pouch I like, out of stainless steel it weighs aroudn 12 oz. Once you udnerstand the patterns though you can make a pouch of just about any size you want.
Some of that may not have made much sense, but as you go along you will start to understand the patterns mroe and more, and hopefully what doesn't make sense now will be the time you have to do it.
if it doesn't, feel free to contact me and I'll try to explain it better, or if you ahve any other questions just let me know :-) Have fun with your mailing!