Judy LarsonStories abound concerning the origins of Viking Knit. Woven silver wire chains wereused to decorate clothing of the Vikings andbits of this type of silverwork have beenrecovered from many different archeologicalsites throughout Scandinavia, thus the name.There is also a possibility that since silver is aprecious metal, the ornamentation could have
served a purpose as currency. Imagine “wearingyour bank account” on your clothing and snipping
off sections as you needed them!The first part of this tutorial gives you basic VikingKnit directions. The second part gives directionsfor making coiled end caps in case you can not them. The third part of this tutorial givesdirections for making a basic bracelet or necklace.Read through all three sections before you start.You will then have a better understanding of what you are doing and why you are doing it.
22 gauge dead soft round wire24 gauge dead soft round wire
Note: As youbecome more accomplished, you will want to use a finer gauge wire. Each wire has different weavingnuances which you will understand as you use them.Some are harder to work in this technique thanothers. For that reason, 24 gauge round wire is good to start with.
12” long 3/8” dowel
Flush cutterT-pin Rubber band Drawplate
Prepare the dowel:Step 1:
Most dowels come in 3-4 foot lengths. Cut a 11-
12:” piece of 3/8” dowel and sand the ends so they
are slightly rounded. Center the dowel end on the circle divided into 5 sections. You can do a 6 sectionedknit for your next project, but to begin with, a 5 section mandrel is appropriate. Mark the sections in pencil.