My method of learning a new jewelry technique usually goes like this:
Look up a ton of tutorials/you tube videos of said technique, then try and visualize the instructions the instructors are saying. Go and try said technique, then if I am not getting it still, either go back to the video after doing it, and then try again with new perspective. If that doesn’t work, I go to a sighted friend or family member, ask them to look at the video, and they describe whatever step I ask them to specify the best they can. Then, I go back to trying the technique until something clicks, and I get it right.
That has pretty much been my Viking knit journey, and earlier today, when I was looking up blog posts about the technique, I had my “Aha, it clicked!” moment. With Viking knit, every instructional material I’ve seen says to put a dowel/pencil/round object in the middle of the starter daisy, so you can start your weave around the piece, and make a tube with your weaving. To that I went, “Bah! Who needs that?” because what I was visualizing as the knit, was having the starter petals straight across from each other, instead of in a circular, more flower shaped setting. So what I was doing, was weaving straight across, and making flat tubes of knit instead of weaving around any sort of circular object.
Is this wrong? Yes and no: I’m still practicing the technique that is Viking knit, and have a few flat pieces that honestly, I really like. I don’t have a draw plate yet, so not sure how they will look when I pull them through, but as they stand now I think the flat looking Viking knit looks gorgeous, and I’m really happy I stumbled onto doing it this way. One of those happy accidents, I suppose!
I do want to learn how to do it properly, though, but at least I’ve been practicing the process of Viking knit, so now all I have to do is get used to weaving it in a tube, instead of weaving it flat. I really hope I’m getting it right this time 😄 I have a list of notes I wrote down, to try and get weaving in a tube to work for me. The main reason why I stopped trying to weave around something in the center of the knitting, is because it was really hard for me to keep a tactile “eye” on keeping my work even. So I took some notes on how I can work the knit in a tubular fashion, and still be able to keep my hands on the work, because that’s how I make sure my work is even. We’ll see what happens after I experiment some more tonight!
Have any good Viking knit tips and tricks? I’d love to hear them, because I’ve only been weaving with this technique for a week, and am freaking obsessed 😄 I know I won’t stop Viking knitting for a while! Now to get a draw plate…