After working on the Three Colour Viking Knit, I wanted to see if I could get the colours to blend a little better as they went from one colour to the next. This time I used only two colours – blue and purple, but I made some significant changes.
First, I used two wires at a time. This created a lot more fussing around, as the wires sometimes twisted independently of one another and it took more attention to sort out problems. Since I was using two wires at a time though, I tried to save myself some degree of aggravation by doing the chain in single-knit instead of double-knit. I used nearly the remaining half-spool of each of the 24 gauge purple coated copper wire and the 24 gauge blue coated copper wire.
I did two strands of blue, then a strand of blue and a strand of purple, then two strands of purple, then a strand of blue and a strand of purple.. and so on.
When the Viking Knit came off the dowel, it was 51 cm (approximately 20 inches) long. I drew it through my widest draw plate hole, and the resulting chain was 77.5 cm (approximately 30.5 inches). Each colour is about 7.5 cm long.
Once I had finished drawing the wire I decided to keep it as long as it was, and finished the ends with snake-head terminals. I used a circular spring-gate clasp to close the necklace (though it’s long enough to go over my head) and added a wolf-head hammer of Thor for the time being (I’m not sure if I’ll keep this pendant or not….)
I love how the colours feel sort of indistinct – like you can see purple, and you can see blue, but it’s not entirely clear where one ends and the other begins….
I really also like how this one drapes – although it’s double-wire, it’s only single-knit and wasn’t drawn down super narrow, so there’s plenty of ‘drape’ and flexibility to the chain.
If you are looking for some of my other Viking Knit projects, please click the Viking Knit category.