There’s a website that shows trichinopoly chains the way I learned,
i.e., weaving the wire. At first I wasn’t going to mention this
website because so much had been copied from Petersen’s book.
Happily, much of site has been reworked and credit given to Petersen
(although it would be better if her name were spelled correctly!).
The process for joining a new wire is at
Note that weaving progresses from left to right (and top to bottom,
too), which is the opposite of crocheting and knitting. That’s why
it shows the old wire ending at 9 o’clock and the new wire starting
at 3 o’clock.
As for samples of my work: I gave them away as gifts! The only one
left is the very first chain I made, in which the stitches were
neither fine nor even enough for show. I didn’t even bother to
finish the ends.
I tried several times to use a crochet hook but couldn’t get the
stitches to behave–probably because the chains were only about 1/4"
thick and had six stitches per row. For a larger project I would
definitely try the hook again.
Do you pre-shape your wire before crocheting/knitting with it?