For years I've been waiting for the right opportunity to take a class in viking knitting--and a few weeks ago the time was finally right!
Working with wire can be really challenging to learn, but the finished pieces are so much fun to wear.
This technique does in fact create a knitted wire tube, but the process of creating it is counterintuitive.
The work is done in the opposite direction as you normally work with knitting needles. That is, the "stitches" are worked from the top down by weaving the wire underneath the previous round.
It really is more of a weaving technique, but the end result produces a "fabric" of twisted knit stitches that is very durable.
Here the ensemble that went on my arm to the office today. It's a lot of fun putting different textures together. I made the top bracelet using an old 2-ply braiding technique and the middle one is a bead crochet rope bangle.
And the viking knit bracelet really needed a companion necklace. Here's a little detail showing one of my favorite frog beads.
If you like wire jewelry, be sure to stop back by the blog on Friday. There will be an interview with a young artist who does amazing jewelry design with wire crochet.