Viking knitting is the process of weaving wire together and creating a round tube. This varies from the normal idea of knitting where yarn is looped around a knitting needle and length is added using a back and forth process along two knitting needles. Viking knitting uses one round cylindrical object to work the weaving. The wire is woven by hand through a loop base.
Each Viking knitted tube of wire is made with a length of wire from 8 to 12 feet. A necklace contains up to 60 feet of wire. Bracelets contain between 30 to 40 feet of wire. The wire is joined during the process of weaving the Viking chain.
The process begins by making a four leaf clover loop. The wire tube is woven around a Allen wrench or dowel. The completed Viking knitted tube is pulled through drawplate holes to tighten the weave. Only woven wire is drawn through a drawplate. Viking knit necklaces, bracelets or ankle bracelets with gemstones must be hand pulled. Each end of the Viking knit chain is hand-coiled then covered with a cap. All connections are what are called “cold connections”. This means that no soldering is used throughout the process.
Things You’ll Need:
Copper or Bronze 18 gauge wire
Silver 20 to 24 gauge wire
3/8 to 1/2-inch dowel
Ultra-fine permanent marker
Step1 – Wrap the copper or bronze wire around the width of a ruler five times. Slide the wire off the ruler and one end of the wire together so it is snug. Open the five loops of wire to form five petals equally spaced.
Step 2 – Draw a five point star on one round end of the dowel. Evenly space the points of the star.
Step 3 – Line the five petals up with the five point star on the bottom of the dowel. Place the dowel at the center of the wire petal grouping. Fold the petals of the star along the shaft of the dowel making sure to keep them evenly spaced.
Step 4 – Cut a piece of copper or bronze wire 3 feet long. Place the end of the wire through one loop on a petal. Use the opposite end of the wire and place it through the top of the next loop on the five star petal. Then pull the end of the wire towards the first petal loop where the end wire was placed. The loop looks backwards in the petal.
Step 5 – Turn the dowel to the next petal. Place the end of the wire through the loop of the next petal. Put the wire through the top, through the metal loop on the petal and back towards the previously made loop. Repeat the process until all the wire is used.
Step 6 – Slide the end of the copper or bronze wire under the completed loops.
Step 7 – Cut a piece of silver wire 3 feet long. Slide the end of the wire through the second to last loop made with the copper or bronze wire. Begin the weaving process over. Place the opposite end of the silver wire through the top of the next petal loop. Pull the end of the wire towards the previous loop. Repeat the process until all the silver wire is used.
Step 8 – Add new lengths of silver wire as needed. Note: The end piece of Viking knitting will be twice as long as the initial weave. Measure the length of the knitting throughout progression. Add as much as needed to create the length desired.
Step 9 – Remove the dowel from the center of the Viking knit tube. Place the copper or bronze end through the desired drawplate hole. Pull the copper or bronze end until all the silver wire has been drawn through the drawplate. Cap the ends.
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