Viking Knit length estimates

While chatting with my friend about Viking Knit, we were discussing how to estimate length for a given project. Since doing Viking Knit is somewhat time-consuming, and there’s no good way of adding more wire and continuing a project after it’s gone through the draw plate – one wouldn’t want to weave a lot more than they needed, nor would one want to make too little… However, there are a lot of variables that determine how long a finished piece will be in relation to how long it is on the dowel/jig. Some of those include:

  • How many ribs (ladders) the piece has
  • How wide the dowel is
  • How tightly the chain is knitted (how close together the ‘rungs’ of the ‘ladder’ are)
  • Single-knit vs. double-knit
  • What type of wire was used (copper, silver-plated, stainless steel, etc)
  • What gauge of wire was used
  • The diameter of hole used on the draw plate
  • etc…

So, although I don’t think there’s an exact formula, I thought I’d use one place to record some of my details to estimate for future projects. This article will likely be updated as I finish more projects.

Viking Knit examples

1/2″ dowel, double knit

Project name Wire material Gauge Length off dowel Draw plate
diameter
Finished length
first project (horse) stainless steel 26 (undocumented) 6 mm (undocumented)
silver-plated
(lion)
 & bracelet
silver-plated
copper
24 58 cm 9 mm 88.5 cm
triple-colour coated
copper
24 & 26 56 cm 9 mm 80.5 cm
lion head steel stainless steel 26 61 cm 9 mm 89 cm
narrow silver (1) silver-plated 26 54 cm 6 mm 84 cm
narrow silver (2) silver-plated 26 54 cm 9 mm 92 cm

1/2″ dowel, single knit

Project name Wire material Gauge Length off dowel Draw plate
diameter
Finished length
leather-filled (snake) coated copper 24 48 cm 6 mm 88 cm
double-wire coated copper 26 51 cm 9 mm 77.5 cm

1″ dowel, double knit

Project name Wire material Gauge Length off dowel Draw plate
diameter
Finished length
8-rung knit coated copper 24 22 cm 9 mm 40 cm
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