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Ever wondered how Vikings made their jewellery? It’s a mystery for many, but one thing is for sure, they were skilful and made their own. They used an ancient work wire technique called Viking Knit.
Viking Knit is not actually knitting in the way that you might think it. It’s an ancient type of weaving that dates all the way back to the time of, well, the Vikings. This technique was used by people of Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden to knit wire and make cords. Back then, they melted down coins and shaped it into fine wire, then formed chains using a loop in loop technique. Viking Knit lets you knit wire in a way that creates a flexible and beautiful chain without having to individually solder each of the links.
The Viking knit is still very popular to this day. While it isn’t a particularly difficult technique to learn, it is quite labour-intensive. However, there is a very comforting “rhythm” to this technique, similar to repetitive crafts like knitting and crocheting — which is why some people really enjoy making Viking knit jewellery.
If you’d like to demystify the craft of Viking Knit, join this class by the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW so you too can learn the magic trick that transforms your knitting into a beautiful chain!
Learn to make jewellery in the way of the Vikings
WS6 Knit Like a Viking with Angharad Rixon