Today I wanted to share with you a quick ‘how to’ for making Viking Knit ‘chain’.
You will need:
- a ruler, or piece of cardboard, or credit card,
- a pencil or piece of wooden dowel,
- wire – the higher the gauge the finer and more flexible the finished piece will be. I recommend starting with 24g for the starter base and 26 or 28g for the actual piece,
- and a wooden draw plate – a piece of wood with several holes of varying sizes drilled in is all you need.
- Arrange on the end on your pencil. It’s a good idea to use a pencil with hexagonal sides when you’re starting out as the ridges can act as your guide. Alternatively you could draw lines down your pencil/dowel.
- Use a small piece of tape to hold everything in place.
- Keep working your rows until you have the length you want (remembering that it will get longer when you stretch it through the draw plate – it can double depending on how much you want to stretch it). For this tutorial, I have just done a small length. *Tip* – start pulling your work off the pencil as it gets longer. This will help you at the end as a long length of tube can be impossible to pull off the pencil/dowel if you haven’t!
- Starting with the largest hole, pull your work through the plate.
- That's it! You’re done and can now finish your tube with cord ends etc to make a necklace or bracelet. Don’t forget you can use your copper wire base to make more tubes and won’t need to make another one until you’ve cut off all the rows!
- *Tip* There are fancy shmancy viking knit tools available which negate the need for making a base. I have never used one so I can’t recommend, BUT, I do sometimes use the bottom of a snap dome blu-tacked to the top of my pencil/dowel instead of a wire ‘bunch’ and copper base. Something you could try as you become more experienced .
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UPDATE: 2 April 2013 ... hi guys, here's something to try when you master single viking knit ... double knit and varieagated knit .... http://wildflowerdesignsnz.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/viking-knit-tutorial-variations-double.html