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Viking knit Chain

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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Viking knit Chain
Viking knit Chain
Viking knit Chain
Viking knit Chain

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is an intermediate tutorial, it would be helpful to already know the basics of wirework, for example forming a loop, however detailed instruction and step by step photos are included

Pattern Description:

This chain was actually used by the Vikings thousands of years ago (8th to 10th century) as currency, where they cut the chain to the desired length. Nowadays it is enjoyed as a very attractive, strong and flexible chain.

This tutorial not only shows you how I form the chain, it also includes comprehensive instructions on how to attach a new wire, so that it is not only securely held in place, but the join is almost invisible. It also shows you how to finish the chain, securing the end in place. How to form a wire cone to use as a very attractive end cap as well as forming a hook clasp, figure of 8 tapered link and a wrapped link. I have also included a detailed sizing chart, to help you calculate not only the length of wire you require for different sized chains but also the starting and finishing lengths of chain prior and after pulling through the draw plate.

Level: Intermediate
Page count: 22
Number of Steps: 24

For beautifully crafted, handmade drawplates, check out Paul Thomas aka Plane 'n Grain's wooden jewellery tools:

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The materials list below is based on the 18" chain shown in the tutorial, the required length of 24 gauge wire will vary depending on the length and style of Viking knit you make.


  • Up to 260" 24 gauge soft round wire
  • 10" 20 gauge soft round wire
  • 20" 18 gauge soft round wire
  • 4" 16 gauge soft round wire
  • 2 x 3mm round metal beads (with at least a 0.8mm hole)

You Will Also Need:

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Viking knit draw plate
  • Tape measure
  • Needle or pin
  • Masking tape
  • 9mm mandrel (or mandrel of your choice)

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Inspired as a child to make jewellery when I was bought a bead weaving loom one Christmas, my style has changed dramatically over the years, from simple strung necklaces into what you ...

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