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Viking Weave

I am not one to sit idle as you will be aware and last week was a bit of a challenge. The steroids that I was on made me shaky and I found it hard to concentrate on things for long. I was also mostly based around the bed thus ruling out many projects such as beading.

I have had a technique on my wish list for a while and I thought that this may well be the time to try…..viking knit. Viking knit is not knitting, really a weave. You end up with a rope like piece:

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These can then be turned into jewellery pieces like:

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I had bought the kit to do this when I did the celtic heart necklace with the wire mesh.

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This is the kit I got. It comes complete with a pair of nail clippers!! There is also a simple wire gizzard and some wire to have a go with. It was this wire that I started to work with. I found the instructions easy to follow and was able to get going quite quickly.

The beginnings of a Viking knit

The beginnings of a Viking knit

I obviously made a mistake on the second day that I picked this up and ended up having to undo a load due to leaving one of the loops out, but that is normal is it not? Overall, I got on very quickly the second day.

It grew quite quickly.

It grew quite quickly.

The one thing that I did struggle with was that I knew that I would be ‘stretching’ the braid and had no idea as to how much it would grow. I simply didn’t know when to stop. In the end I decided to stop when it nearly reached around my wrist.

I cut off the ends and thread wire through the ends to use as a lever to pull the weave through the draw plate.

I cut off the ends and thread wire through the ends to use as a lever to pull the weave through the draw plate.

Pulling it through the draw plate.

Pulling it through the draw plate.

Pulling it through the draw plate means that you can set the desired width and length. I am hoping that this will help to iron out the ‘imperfections’ that occurred whilst I was ‘weaving’. I shall keep you informed…..

Spot The Difference!

This week I have to credit the wonderful blog entitled planetpenny  (do go and have a look at it if you do not know it) which I found through Handmade Monday over at Handmade Harbour.

Penny recently wrote a post about using different yarns and hooks and the effects it has on the finished item:

crochet_mouse_group2With kind permission from Planet Penny

Without setting out to I have sort of done the same thing this week with a bracelet. I started off with this pattern thinking that it would make a good bracelet:

A Looped Braid

 It did but the added chain along the edge REALLY didn’t work (you are going to have to trust me on this because I ripped it back before taking any pictures!)

The braid bracelet in green wire.

I thought that adding beads would be good but unfortunately the wire that I had used was a bit too thin  (0.2mm) so the beads would over power it. So I went to my wires and choose this thick wire:

Thicker green wire with pink beads added.

I liked it and but wanted to try it in the silver wire that I use most often in my jewellery:

Silver wire and turquoise beads!

So here you have it. The same bracelet in three different widths of wire using the corresponding appropriate hook.

The three crocheted braid bracelets.

The initial green (bottom) was made with 1mm hook and 0.2 mm wire.

The silver wire (middle) was made with a 3mm hook and 0.35 mm wire.

The dark green one (top) was made with a 5mm hook and 0.5mm wire.

Proof (as if you need it) that what applies to yarn also applies to wire! Which is your favourite? As I went along each one surpassed the other as my favourite.

3 braided bracelets on an arm!

Do you think any of them would work as a necklace?

Before I head over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week I just wanted to share some earrings that I made on Thursday night during  creativesunite (you pledge to craft for an hour). I think this is a great idea as it gets me off this and busy doing what I should be doing – do come and join in if you can. Anyway here they are:

Turquoise Wreath Earrings

Red Wreath Earrings

Not bad for one hours work? What could you do in an hour? Fancy giving it a go?

Now come and join me over at Handmade Harbour and have a look at some of the wonderful blogs over there.

Have a good week.:)

Crochet Twisted Braid Tutorial

In my last post I mentioned that I had learnt a new technique called the Twisted Braid. I also promised that I would share how I did it with you all. So here it is:

To start with you make a chain of a number to suit your purpose.

Starting chain.

 Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook.

Yarn around hook.

Pull yarn through the first loop.

You now have two hoops on your hook. Now for the twisted bit!

You twist the hook around 360′ holding it horizontal.

…. and the final part of the turn.

Half way through the turn….

You now finish off the double crochet by putting the yarn around the hook:

Yarn around hook!

Then pull through the 2 loops on the hook so that you are now left with one.

Pull yarn through the 2 stitches on the hook.

You then repeat this in all the chains along the rest of the edge of the chain:

A twisted stitch along one side of the chain.

At the end of the row you do one chain and then go along each chain on the other side repeating the twisted double crochet in each chain.

At the end you will have  a chain with twisted stitches along each edge:

And there it is!  I hope that you can see that it is basically a double crochet with a 360′ twist of the hook half way through.

There are plenty of uses for this stitch and I hope you have fun with it. I would love to know what you use it in.

Please note: I have used uk crochet terms. For US conversion see here: