Viking Knit

Get Wired Up! Wrapping, Knitting, Weaving and More

I’ve enjoyed working with wire for many years — in fact, it’s what drew me into making jewelry in the first place!  I started with wire work (also known as wire wrapping), then moved onto chain maille, then viking knit, wire crochet and now wire weaving.

So which is my favorite?  Hard to choose for sure!  In fact, I don’t know that I can choose a favorite, other than to say whichever I feel like working on is my favorite, LOL.

Wrapping Versus Weaving – Is There a Difference?

This was actually the very first wire weaving bracelet I ever made. Turned out much better than I had expected. 😀

Some people say there is no difference — that both are just manipulating wire into different shapes.  Me, I think there is a difference.  When I started with the wire wrapping, it was all about wrapping it around an object.  Wire wasn’t made into shapes for the sake of the wire, but to capture something.

Wire weaving, on the other hand, features the wire.  There may be a bead or cabochon involved, like in the photo to the right, the real star of the show is the weaving.

There are plenty of patterns for the weaving, involving from two to a zillion base wires.  OK, maybe not a zillion, but the bracelet in the photo ended up using 8 base wires in places.

If you’re interested more in manipulating wire, here’s my Youtube playlist on wirework of all kinds.

Viking Knit

I did (and still do) find viking knit very intriguing.  I can’t knit a darned thing with yarn, but I discovered that wire was much easier – for me, at any rate.

Most of the time, viking knit is the means and the end — the wire is very definitely the star.  There may be beads incorporated into the jewelry like in the photo to the left, but the emphasis is on the wire knitting.

And similar to wire weaving, there are different patterns that one can use to create jewelry.  Single knit and double knit are the most popular, though.

Viking Knit Jewelry Embellishments

But…if you are interested in something a with a little more integrated, you can do more.  How much more?  Take a look at the image on the right.

In this bracelet, the viking knit shares the stage with beads.  Not just  pearls, but also seed beads.

In addition to single knit and double knit, triple knit is also an option.  It does make the chain stiffer, but it is quite dense and lovely.

There is also a layered knit which is kind of cool.

If you’d like more info on some more advanced viking knit, check out my ebook tutorial.

Wire Crochet

This is something I’ve only really dabbled in.  I like the freedom it provides — the technique is quite organic in nature.  Up to now, I’ve primarily worked with varying the size of  the stitches within the project and adding random beads.  I think my next challenge will be to regulate the size of the stitches and use the same beads within the project.  If I can get it worked out, I’ll set up a video for it.

Dragonscale Bracelet, Sterling Silver

Chain Maille

Oh, I’ve got lots of posts on chain maille, and even a second site devoted to it — chainmaillejewelrypatterns.com.  I get a kick out of chain maille, and it makes for some gorgeous jewelry.

When I started out with chain maille, sterling silver jump rings were relatively inexpensive — silver was around $7/ounce.  I got lots and lots of rings, in all kinds of sizes and gauges.  And I set my fingers to maille-ing.

The photo to the left is a pattern called “Dragonscale”.  The weave is quite dense, and this particular bracelet was made with sterling silver — talk about substantial!  I did sell it and I kind of wish I hadn’t, seeing as I’ve not made another such bracelet again.  Well, I take that back…I started another one, but with copper wire, and I haven’t finished it.

I’m also  getting ready to publish another ebook for HP 3-in-1 and HP 4-in-one.  And in that ebook, I have a pattern called “Dragonback”.  That weave is also pretty substantial, but this time I did it in copper.  (Once I have it finished, I’ll put a link here.)

Getting Started With Wire

If you’re interested in starting to work with wire, here’s what I would recommend.  And the first would be to use copper wire — it’s inexpensive and soft on the hands.  Well, maybe “soft” isn’t quite the right term, but it’s much easier to manipulate than brass, bronze or sterling.

I’d recommend a few different wire gauges to start — 18, 20, 22, 26 and 28 are good choices.  The 26 and 28 gauges are great for viking knit and crochet.  Most of the wire weaving I do are in gauges 22, 26 and 28.  However, the heavier gauges are better for parts of the project that are more load-bearing.

Chain maille — again, I suggest copper as your introduction.  And I will refer you to my free guide for chain maille rings for a more in-depth discussion for what you should look for in your rings.  It will help you to understand things like AR, ID and OD which are very important to your project success.

I hope this post has been helpful, and that you enjoy your journey into working with wire!

Viking Knit Jewelry Embellishments Tutorial

Viking Knit Jewelry Embellishments - Royalty BraceletThe Viking Knit Jewelry Embellishments ebook tutorial was born out of my love of color.  I enjoy making viking knit (soothing to make the stitches), but I wanted more than just a chain.  I wanted something that would stand out, something that said, “look at me!”.

I played around for quite awhile, and started using colored wire this time.  I quickly learned about how it works, compared to copper or brass wire.  And I used it to make some really fun pieces of jewelry.

So colored wire — what else?  Embellishments were the next logical step in “upping the game” (so to speak).

Beads were my first thought.  And while I have used seed beads in the viking knit in my previous ebook (Intro to Viking Knit Jewelry), I hadn’t used larger beads before.  Now was the time to experiment!

And experiment I did.  🙂

What’s in the Tutorial?

In all my experimentation (which I did over several months), I learned about using colored wire.  Using multiple wires.  Ideas for end caps.  And here’s what I teach you.The Caterpillar Effect - Knit Overlay

  • How to use colored wire.  There are do’s, don’ts and “gotchas” that I tell you about, so that you don’t get halfway into a project and find all your color flaking off (ask me how I know….).
  • Using multiple wires.  I wondered about using more than one wire to make the viking knit, so I came up with something called “the caterpillar effect”.  It’s got an organic look and feel about it, and feels so good on.
  • Using multiple chains.  If you’ve made viking knit, you probably have some pieces laying around.  Too big to throw out, too small to do much with.  Well guess what — you can join those two chains into one gorgeous piece of jewelry!
  •  Triple your pleasure with Triple Knit viking knit!

There’s lots in the ebook.  It’s 40 pages and has 91 photos, so you have a lot of instructions and plenty of close-ups.  Shown on this page are two of the four projects.

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For this ebook, you should already know how to make the basic viking knit.  If you don’t already know, check out my Intro to Viking Knit Jewelry ebook and learn about this wonderful jewelry medium.

Get a Copy of the Ebook

It’s very simple — simply click the “Add to Cart” button.  The cost is $10 (which again is 40 pages with 91 photos) and you get an immediate download.  You’ll also get an email with your download link in it.

It’s a digital PDF file (not a physical book).  Feel free to print a copy, but please keep it for your own use.

So click the Add to Cart button above and you’re on your way to making stunning viking knit jewelry embellishments. Happy knitting!!!

Intro to Viking Knit Jewelry Tutorial

This viking knit chain tutorial is for anyone who loves the look of viking knit, and wants to create some jewelry of their own.  Sound like you? Read on!

Viking knit chain is beautiful, and can have many different “looks”, depending on how you work it. And once you learn the basic technique, the sky’s the limit.

Introduction to Viking Knit

I’ve written a viking knit chain tutorial called Introduction to Viking Knit. It’s 31 pages filled that answers all those “how do I…” questions!

You’ll learn about:

  • The tools and supplies needed. (Hint, you probably already have most of them.)
  • How to create a single knit chain.
  • How to create a double knit chain.
  • What you need to know about your wire (and what not to get or it will drive you crazy).
  • An answer for “how much wire will it take me to…” — how to make a good estimate of the wire you’ll need to complete a project.
  • How to join wire.
  • Lots more!

There are many, many pictures, with some extreme close-ups of where exactly you need to place your wire – no guessing.

Included is a beaded viking knit bracelet project (left) that shows you how to make even fancier viking knit chain, and you won’t believe how easy it is (shh, don’t tell anyone, let them think you’ve slaved away).

Oh, and of course there is a gallery of work, for your viewing pleasure!

Buying the Tutorial – How Much?

The Introduction to Viking Knit chain tutorial is a mere $10. It’s delivered to you as an ebook, and it’s about 1.8 MB in size.  And it’s delivered automatically, so there’s no waiting for it to arrive!

(You will need to have a copy of Adobe Reader on your computer in order to view the ebook, but if your computer is less than 5 years old, it’s probably already installed.)

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Simply click the “Add to Cart” button (which accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, etc.) and you’ll get an instant download — no waiting. You’ll get a link to the download after you’ve completed your purchase (as well as an email with the link information).  Simple, quick and get it any time of the day or night!

Of course, this ebook is meant for you, and you alone, so please don’t share it (thanks). And because it’s an electronic product, all sales are final.

Are you ready for a viking knit tutorial ebook that will have you creating gorgeous jewelry of your own in no time at all? Then just click the button and order yourself a copy of the ebook.

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