Viking knitting VS The Invisible spool knitting wire crochet

November 10, 2016 3 Comments

Viking knitting VS The Invisible spool knitting wire crochet

Hi everyone , nope.... I havent changed my favorite wire work technique ...

but as I have been asked more then once recently about the difference between the ISK wire crochet technique and Viking knitting, I felt it deserved a post of its own , to which you are welcome to add your comments .

Viking Knitting vs ISK Wire Crochet

People tend to confuse the 2 techniques because they both are made of wire & produce knitted tubes which means the work is done in the round, but I think that other than that , there is no resemblance. 

While I am an expert when it goes to ISK wire crochet technique, my viking knitting knowledge and experty is rather limited, I got acquaintance with both techniques at the same time, one has captured my heart and with the other I made only one necklace and one bracelet ..... 

For those of you that know nothing about viking knitting , I would describe it as a wire work technique in which you string long wires onto a rod to create loops, the movements resemble the making of baskets and it evolves relatively wide hand gestures.  The longer the wires, the fewer times you would need to change wires , and changing wires isn't that fun ;-) so you stick to the longest you can without making a mess.

In viking knitting you work with heavier wires than in The ISK , 25 or even  22 gauge, as a consequence the knitted tubes would be heavier and harder than the equivalent in ISK .

Because the wires are relatively thick the knitted tubes would look more solid and less airy than ISK.

another thing, because the knitted work is harder, it is less flexible when it comes to variations and more complex shapes. 

Here is a video from :

and one of my own showing the Cleopatra Ring creation  :


now that I have presented both It's easier to explain why I chose ISK as my favorite...

I love being able to take the work with me and to be able to do it anywhere, without elbowing my neighbors .... (if I'm on a train)

I love the softness that enables me to flatten / fold / deform the tubes,

I love the flexibility of the technique that enables me to make other forms,


& I simply I Love It !

how about you ?


Just happened to stumble upon this post and want to start learning wire crochet in the ISK technique  ? check the kits section : wire crochet kits section

or drop me a line ...






3 Responses


November 13, 2016

I do strictly VK and my process is very different Than the video. Much like the second poster above, I use a wooden dowel, and no other tools. I’ve taught classes on the technique. It travels very well. I use all different gauges of wire. I’ve even used as small as 30. I’ve used double wires to give a different look,, added seed beads to make really beautiful chains of all sizes. I have even come up with my own way to add wire that makes it almost impossible to see where I have added wire. I like to do your process but find VK a little faster. Both beautiful though.

Kathleen Ruth
Kathleen Ruth

November 10, 2016

Actually, I do Viking Knit with the same gauge wire as I do ISK. I like the look of the finer gauge wire in a Viking Knit project.
I find Viking Knit to be faster, though ISK is easier in that you don’t have to add new wire.
That said—it is STILL possible to make a mess with ISK and I really have no problem adding wire to my Viking Knit projects, but I HAVE been making Viking Knit jewelry for over 10 years.
I don’t really find one technique to be easier than the other and I enjoy both.


November 10, 2016

Hi Yoola, as you know I’ve started with viking and found out about ISK some years later, when my husband googled for me and found your wonderful fotos. I was immediately hooked and I’m thankful for that. Now I love both, so there is no “one or the other”. When I wrote my two booklets on viking (because there were no German instructions up to then), I made lots of experiments with technique, wire and tools. Opposite to the video I work on a wooden stick in my hand, made on my demand, so it’s more flexible to handle and I can take it with me. I also don’t work a traditionnal start but have a small tool for it.
As I found out many things can be made with different sizes of wire and dowels. You can make extrem flexible chains, thick ones with fillings, work with two thinner wires the same time …
I find it inspiring to know both techniques and try to transfer the ideas of one to the other.
If you like to see my viking blog: and ISK:
No matter what you do: it’s fun.

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