Getting Started With Viking Knit

7. Turn the next two startup petals toward you and make another stitch identical to the first. Tighten the wire a little between them. Continue this way until all the startup petals have been "stitched together." Try to keep the spaces between stitches even.

Startup bundle for single knit, double-knit, and triple knit

Set the mandrel upright in the vise. The notch should be to the left if you are right handed, or the opposite if you're left-handed.

It's a good idea to make the startup bundle in a different color from the actual knitting Use. for example, about 16 inches (40 cm) colored copper wire for the startup bundle and the first few rows. Change over to the real wire for the project only when your stitches begin to lie evenly. You always discard the startup bundle and the starting stitches afterwards, so this will save on your expensive silver wire.

5. Place the "flower" over the mandrel, distributing the "petals" evenly to encourage the stitches to lie evenly. The short leg of the mandrel (Allen wrench) should point away from your dominant hand (left if you're right handed, right if you're left handed).

2. Slip the wire off the ruler and twist the loops together about inch (1 cm) from the end that doesn't have loose ends. Wrap the ends around the twist once or twice until they feel like they won't come loose

3. Spread the loops apart to look like a daisy and pinch the ends of the loops together lightly. These are your startup loops.

1. Starting at one end about 2^4 inches (7 cm) in and using colored wire, wrap the wire around a ruler, as many times as you want stitches. So, if you want 3 stitches, wind it around 3 times. 4 times for 4 stitches, and so forth.

4. Take a piece of the knitting wire 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) and wrap one end around the twist to anchor it

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6. Bring the end of the knitting w/re over the notch in the mandrel right to left behind the two adjacent sides of two petals, then toward you. drawing the two sides together very loosely The loop should be crossed above the two startup petals, as shown. Hand-crimp the wire lightly there, then move to the next juncture of petals on the right.


Double and treble knit

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If you count back 3 rounds and knit through that, you are double-treble knitting. You will knit very closely and firmly. The chain will be handsome, but a little stiff.

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8. When you've gone completely around once, loosen all the stitches carefully with a needle {slide the needle under the stitch and wiggle it carefully) You can also regulate the distance between stitches a little this way There should be enough space now that you can forget about the startup petals and work only with the knitted stitches. Turn the startup in toward you for the first stitch.

9. Push the knitting wire from the back toward you. going under the enure first stitch Give a gentle pinch at the top of the stitch you just knitted at the same time you turn the piece, bringing the next stitch toward you. This pinch will help anchor the stitches and keep them even. You may pull a little here, but it's best not to pull too hard at the beginning. As with other knitting, some peo-

When you run out of wire, clip the wire where it emerges from behind the stitch above, about inch 13 mm! from the stitch.

Use the point of your pliers to push the stump in under the stitch as if it were a regular stitch.

Take a new piece of wire about 16 inches (40 cm) long and make a little hook about Ms inch (3 mm) in diameter in one end.

pie knit loosely, others tightly. Here it doesn't matter much as long as the stitches and the spaces between them look the same

Single knit

If you continue as you are knitting now. the result will be single knit. This will be very open and is best suited to the open, rope-like knit shown at upper left on page 11.

Double and treble knit

Lead the other end through the stitch as if you were knitting the same stitch all over again, following the path of the first, cut end. but bring the new wire out under the first Then bring the wire over 2 rounds to the front and across the cutoff end as shown For double knitting, it may seem that you are going back three rounds instead of 2. but just follow the path of the last stitch. Fasten the little hook at the far end around the wire from the preceding round (as shown) just

If. after a couple of rounds of single knit, you count back 2 rounds and string the wire through there for your stitch, and continue doing this around, you will be double knitting. Double knitting is the most common knit and produces a handsome, even, and close chain which is still pliable.

If you count back 3 rounds and knit through that, you are double-treble knitting. You will knit very closely and firmly. The chain will be handsome, but a little stiff.

Crooked stitch distribution

If one stitch is too close to the one above it. you can even this out by making a very loose stitch, then tightening those on either side of it a little more than usual This adjustment won't show after the chain has been drawn through the drawplate.

Joining a new wire

Hand Press Drawplate

Joining a new wire where the cut end of the old wire points right, so that it is secured to the round between stitches. There is no overlap.

Continue as before, but take care that the hook doesn't slip loose in the first round If it should pop loose, set it back m place before drawing the chain

Secure the drawplate in the vise When the chain is as long as you want it (it wil' gain 20 percent by being drawn), leave a 6-inch (15 cm) piece of the knitting wire hanging Use this if you find you've made the chain too short: you can force a small mandrel into the chain again, then a larger one until you have the right size and continue to knit

(NOTE: This is extremely difficult and a huge bother, so it's better to knit too long, than too short!)

Check all cut ends and beginning hooks to make sure everything is well secured. If anything is loose, push it into place with a needle

If your knitting is very uneven, slide a knitting needle through it. as thick a one as possible, and roll the chain back and forth on a flat surface between two layers of leather. Do this before drawing the piece See page 19 for this procedure.

Now you work magic!

Remove the mandrel. Put the bound-together end of your startup loops through the hole in the drawplate that is lust the least bit tight, and using flat-nose pliers and gripping only the startup piece, pull the chain through the hole.

Repeal this in a smaller hole, and smaller again Optionally, pull it through the same hole a couple of times.

When you feel that the chain has stayed firm after being pulled through the same hole twice, it's finished, if it's a necklace If you pull it through again, you will risk twisting it. and this is nearly impossible to get out again Bracelets are not as delicate in this respect.

To soften up the knit and make it more pliable, you can run it around a dowel or rod, or old table leg and pull it back and forth a few times. Careful not to scratch the table leg!

To put the knit on a leather thong or a stabilizing wire, remember to insert this into the cham before you draw it, and pull them through together It's more difficult to put this in later.


To finish, nip off the startup and any irregular rounds at the beginning. Work in the cut ends and discard any loose bits, so that only one wire remains at each end.

Now your knitted piece is ready to be mounted with end caps and a clasp

Viking Twisted Wire Bracelet

Twisted kmt chain and earrings p. 20

Knitted bracelet on a leather cord p. 12 Twisted knit ring and twisted knit bracelet p. 20

Long chain with cross and coil ends p. 13

Oxidized silver bracelet with coil ends p. 14

Ring with silver end beads p 16

Knitted necklace w/silver cones p. 12 and ring with silver cones p Flat bracelet in oxidized silver p. 13 8racelet in oxidized silver p. 13

Twisted knit bracelet and nng p. 20 Hoop earrings with knit chains p. 16



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