Viking Wire Knitting
These days, there are commercially made tools for Viking wire knitting; however, I use hard wood dowels (as mandrels) and my own wire frames. The picture below shows how a length of Viking wire knitting begins.
By adding or decreasing stitches, almost any object can be captured by Viking wire knitting. For example, the picture (below left) shows a beach rock covered in Viking wire knitting going in two different directions. In this example, I embellished the top of the knitting with red jasper beads. The rope or chain produced by Viking wire knitting is flexible and hollow which lends itself well to other design possibilities, such as in the penannular style brooch (center below) and the bracelet (right below).
Viking wire knitting can also be used to create settings for cabochons. The short video below shows the basic technique for Viking wire knitting. For more detail on this technique and how to use it check out The Purple Raven Boutique's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZNh0y3Wp1c7WCw9A-JXLWw