Viking Knit Tutorial Pt 2: How to start your piece

19 Mar

To start your piece, make three or more loops (i work in odd numbers as I like the look. This piece is going to be worked with 7 loops), each a few inches deep, with about a foot of your  wire, I do this around my fingers or a business card. Wrap the bundle of loops a few times near the base to lock in the loops. This won’t actually be  part of the finished chain, so don’t worry too much about looks.

 

Open then fit the loops around the end of your dowel or mandrel. Try to make the spacing of the loops even around your mandrel. I have most of my mandrels marked for different numbers of loops.

Anchor a new piece of wire–your working wire–to the base, and then make your  first loop. The working wire will follow down the side of one of the starter  loops, curve under where two loops rest side-by-side, behind the sides of the  two starter loops and then out and down again to the right, making a  counter-clockwise e-loop. Pull it snugly, but leave enough space to work around.

Continue to “knit” these e-loops, working to the right, joining each of the  starter loops together until you come back to the beginning.

On the next row, using the same method, bring your next loop behind the crossed  wires that formed the bottom of the first loop you made. This is how you will  continue to build your chain, loop by loop, for the first 3 or 4 rows till you have a solid fondation of single knit rows to add onto with double of triple knit.

Check back next Monday for the next instalment of how to make a basic viking knit chain. If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them…

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2 Responses to “Viking Knit Tutorial Pt 2: How to start your piece”

  1. Gail Arnold April 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    What size dowel do you use for 7 loops?

    • livinglifewithjoy May 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      This is where the “art” comes into play. We have used all kinds of sizes from a simple “sharpie” marker to a dowel slightly smaller than a standard closet rod. Tina tends to prefur a rod about 3/4″ across and Tammy uses a rod slightly smaller…

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