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Double Viking knit necklace

Highlight a gorgeous glass button on a two-color Viking knit chain


Bronze necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 1 32 mm glass flower button with four-way box shank (sea opal AB;
  • 7 4 mm bicone crystals (Chinese, bronze)
  • toggle clasp (TierraCast)
  • 2 14 x 12 mm trumpet flower cones (
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 20–22-gauge wire (Artistic Wire, bronze)
  • 26-gauge wire 
    • 12–15 yd. (11–13.7 m) color A (Soft Flex, vintage bronze)
    • 8–10 yd. (7.3–9.1 m) color B (Artistic Wire, silver) 
  • 8 in. (20 cm) 28-gauge wire (Artistic Wire, silver)
  • 6 in. (15 cm) fine-gauge chain
  • 5 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • 3⁄8-in. (1 cm) diameter dowel
  • painter’s tape
  • wooden or plastic draw plate
  • wooden ruler

Purple necklace

  • 32 mm glass flower button with four-way box shank (purple;
  • 3 x 5 mm faceted glass rice beads (purple/gold;
  • toggle clasp (filigree round;
  • 8 mm end caps (weaved bullet cone;
  • 20–22-gauge wire (brass)
  • 26-gauge wire 
    • color A (Parawire, purple)
    • color B (Parawire, matte lavender)
  • 28-gauge wire (Parawire, matte lavender)


Viking knit necklace

Except where an exact measurement is given, work with comfortable lengths of wire (no more than 2 yd./1.8 m) at a time. Add new wire (see the tip “Adding a new wire,” below) as needed. 

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Photo a
1. Cut a 12-in. (30 cm) piece of 26-gauge wire, and wrap it around a ruler five times (PHOTO A).
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Photo b
Carefully remove the wire from the ruler, and use one end of the wire to wrap through the five loops several times (PHOTO B).
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Photo c
Twist the wire ends together, trim the excess wire, and separate the loops (PHOTO C). This will be referred to as the starter bud.
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Photo d
2. Place the starter bud on one end of the dowel, arranging the loops evenly around the end of the dowel (PHOTO D).
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Photo e
Tape the starter bud in place (PHOTO E).
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Photo f
3. Cut a comfortable length of color A 26-gauge wire, and hold one end near the end of the dowel using the thumb on your nondominant hand. Guide the other end of the wire through two loops on the starter bud from right to left (PHOTO F). (These instructions are for right-handed people. If you are left-handed, work from left to right.) Pull the wire through the loops to make a small loop below and between the two starter bud loops. 
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Photo g
4. Repeat step 3 (PHOTO G) until you have five small loops connected by short swags beneath the starter bud.
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Photo h

5. To begin the next round, guide the wire behind the first loop in the previous round (PHOTO H). Pull snug to make a new small loop. This process is called a stitch. Repeat this stitch around the dowel, making both the loops and the swags even and equally spaced.

6. Work one more round as in step 5. You will have three rounds of loops and swags.

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Photo i

7. Switch to double Viking knit: Work as in step 5, but instead of guiding the wire behind the next loop in the previous round, guide it behind the next loop two rounds up (PHOTO I). Repeat this stitch around, always going behind a loop two rounds prior to the round you are working.

8. Continue working in double Viking knit until the color A section is 3–4 in. (7.6–10 cm) long.

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Photo j

9. To begin the two-color section, add a comfortable length of color B wire, starting it two loops behind the last color A stitch you worked and two loops up from the bottom. Work another color B stitch (PHOTO J).

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Photo k

Switch to the color A wire, and work three stitches. Switch back to the color B wire, and work three stitches. Continue alternating between color A and color B wire (PHOTO K) for approximately 1 in. (2.5 cm). 

10. When the two-color section is 1 in. (2.5 cm) long, continue in double Viking knit with color B only until the color B section is about 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm). Trim the color A wire after working a round or two of color B only. 

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Photo l

11. Add a new color A wire, and work another 1-in. (2.5 cm) two-color section as in step 9.

12. Complete the knitted piece with a 3–4-in. (7.6–10 cm) color A section. Leave the tail for now.

13. Remove the knitted piece from the dowel, and pull it through several holes of the draw plate (PHOTO L) to reduce the piece to 3⁄16 in. (5 mm) in diameter.

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Photo m

Button focal 

1. On a head pin, string a 4–6 mm bead, and make a plain loop. Repeat to make a total of five bead units.

2. Cut five pieces of chain to various lengths between 1 and 2 in. (2.5–5 cm).

3. Open the loop of a bead unit, and attach it to an end link of chain (PHOTO M). Repeat with the remaining chains and bead units.

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Photo n

4. Cut an 8-in. (20 cm) piece of 28-gauge wire, and bend it in half. Guide the cut ends through the middle of the color B section of the knitted piece and the button, making sure the new wire straddles the knit from the inside on the bottom edge (PHOTO N).

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Photo o

5. Cross the wire ends through the horizontal button hole (PHOTO O) to lock the button in place.

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Photo p

6. String the chains on one wire end in the desired order, and cross the other wire end through them (PHOTO P).

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Photo q

Guide one wire end around the button shank, wrap it around the wire stem above the shank (PHOTO Q), and trim. Repeat with the other wire end.

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Photo r


1. Cut the starter bud from the end of the knitted piece. Trim the tail from the other end. Inspect your knitted piece to make sure there are no wire ends sticking out. If there are, carefully poke one jaw of your chainnose pliers into the knit, and gently press the wire tail against a spine of loops.

2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 20- to 22-gauge wire, and make a plain loop at one end. Open the loop, slide a couple of end stitches into it, and close the loop (PHOTO R).

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Photo s

3. On the wire, string an end cap or cone and a 4–6 mm bead, and make the first half of a wrapped loop (PHOTO S).

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Photo t

Attach half of the clasp, and complete the wraps (PHOTO T).

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 at the other end of the necklace.


Adding a new wire

Leave the short tail of your old wire in place for now. Then, hold a comfortable length of new wire below the last stitch made with the old wire. Make sure to leave a short tail on the new wire. Working from right to left, guide the new wire under and around the last stitch made with the old wire, and pull it to the right. Leave both short tails in place as you work another round or two, and then trim the tails close to the work.

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