When I was in Norway this summer, I visited the Norsk Folkemuseum to see the famous Stave Church, sample the fresh-made Lefsa and Geitost (goat cheese pronounced "Yay Toast!") in the museum's 16th century village, and check out their huge collection of Norwegian and Sami clothing, furniture and weapons. What I didn't expect to see at this museum was a massive collection of knitting and weaving tools on display. One of the tools that caught my eye was a knitting fork, also known as a lucet.Vikings used these lucets to make cords and clothing. Since the weather is cooling off, and since (despite previous blog entries) I don't practice many Viking habits, I wanted to use my lucet to make an insulate necklace/scarf hybrid!
I cast on my lucet by lacing one end of my yarn through the hole just under the top two prongs, and then (starting from the back to the front) wove the yarn around the prongs in the shape of a figure eight. I made the figure eight twice, and then pulled the bottom loops up over the top two loops. I re-wrapped another figure eight, pulled the bottom two loops up and over the top two, and repeated again and again until I had a very long "knitted chain."
I wound the chain around my neck so that it would be the length I wanted. Then I took two 4-inch lengths of yarn and wrapped them around two parts of the Necklace/Scarf to keep the chains in place.
When I was all done, I was pleased with my oh-so-warm accessory. It was quick work and it got my mind racing about all the other applications I could use a knitted chain for! The lucet itself is a great crafty tool for any young boys or girls to try out too- since the steps are so few, and the result so fast!