A Viking Craft – Wire Knit

A-Z ChallengeA-Z Challenge letter: W – Wire



I love crafty things. Certain crafty things. I need a creative outlet to keep my brain sane, but there are lots of crafty things that I just don’t have the finesse or patience or talent for. But I’m also a sucker for trying new crafts that appeal to me.

So when we visited a Viking Day on Easter Day and saw some beautiful jewellery made from Viking Knit Chain, I was intrigued. I was fascinated by the way the nature of the materials changed throughout the process. Starting off as copper wire, the process creates a strong wire cage around a mandrel. At the end of the process, after the cage has been through the drawplate many times, you’re left with a long, much thinner, flexible chain which can be used to create absolutely stunning designs.  This Knit Chain was used as currency by the Vikings; they simply cut off the required amount from the chain.

The drawplate and mandrels

The drawplate and mandrels

Well, I had to have a go. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough cash on me at the event to buy the kit, so when I got home, I got straight on the website and ordered the kit I had seen. It arrived just a few days later. I can’t wait to get going on this and try my hand at creating some wire jewellery in a traditional fashion.  Watch this space to see how I get on!

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8 comments on “A Viking Craft – Wire Knit

  1. I would be interested to see how the wire jewellery looks. And the fact that the Knit Chain was used as currency by the Vikings makes it all the more exciting.

  2. Oh, interesting. Let us know how it goes!

    Corinne x

  3. That sounds fascinating! As an avid crocheter I’ll be watching for more 🙂

  4. That seems interesting… I too love crafts..:)

    Fellow a-z blogger.

  5. well done, I will return to see your wire jewellery 🙂


  6. Viking huh … ? Well, they were up to a lot of different things – this might be one of the better ones:-)

  7. You are so brave to keep trying new things. I am an artist but am always attracted to trying new crafts as well. I make paper and soap for example. I was drawn to this post because it was about a Viking craft. I am fascinated by the Vikings and also love their warrior gear. I will be back to see how this develops. Good luck!

    • I can’t help but try crafts I see. I need to make time tomorrow to start this chain knit – the pieces I saw at the event were absolutely beautiful. I hope I can make something well enough that I’ll want to wear it all the time!

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