I've been learning to use the lucet.
It's a fiber arts tool from the Medieval / Viking era that makes different kinds of cording and it has just a tiny learning curve. After making about two 6" cords, I felt like I'd reasonably mastered my tension: Just 2 evenings in front of the tv and I've added a new skill to my fiber arts repertoire.
If you've never used a lucet before, grab one of our gorgeous Wool Tree Lucets and follow along with the "How To" video below:
There are a couple of things that I didn't touch on in the video that I think are worth mentioning:
Don't choose a nubby or novelty yarn for your first cords. In the video, I do mention that it is easiest to stick with an elastic yarn when you start out on the lucet - also keep in mind you want a traditionally-plied fiber. Any fancy nubbins in your yarn will make working with the lucet more difficult.
As you work, the cord will naturally wrap around the handle like in the photo at the start of this post. I just think there is something simply beautiful about that and the simplicity of this tool.
This is only one of many ways to make lucet cord! Although I did mention this in the video, it bears repeating. I'd love to hear in comments about alternate ways people have used the lucet to create cording.
I created a free crochet pattern that features lucet cording, but you can substitute lucet cording for any kind of cord called for in a pattern, including i-cord and my favorite twisted cord.
The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published!
Do more with the yarn you already have! Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways.
Make your knit and crochet projects even better. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords.
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