Introduction to Viking Wire Knitting

Introduction to Viking Wire Knitting


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Viking wire knitting is a wire working technique used by the Anglo Saxon and Norse people to create decorative metal rope and jewelry. The oldest knitted artifact found to date (a silver scourge) was discovered in a field in Cornwall, England and dates from the mid 800 CE. Today, wire knitting has regained popularity as a wire jewelry making technique as it requires only patience, practice and a few specialized tools to turn dead soft wire into beautiful jewelry.

Since 2012, my business, The Purple Raven Boutique has been all about making jewelry using wire knitting and wire weaving techniques. For the price of a latte, you can save yourself time and money, and tap into my wire knitting experience to learn how to do Viking style wire knitting. My approach to wire knitting is deliberately low tech so it does not cost much to get started.

In this tutorial, you will learn:

1. Basic safety tips for working with wire
2. Basic tools needed for Viking wire knitting
3. How to set up your work space
4. How to “cast on” your stitches and begin “knitting”
5. How to finish a length of knitting

PLEASE NOTE: If you want to go a step further and turn your finished Viking wire knitting into a bracelet, I recommend you opt for my Viking Wire Knitted Bracelet tutorial which includes this one and The Wire Knitter's Tool Box for a total of three tutorials in one convenient bundle.


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