Viking Knit Chains

Viking Knit Chains by Joy Raskin
Course Description

About this course

In this one-day workshop, learn to make the Viking Knit chain, an ancient chain design that is completely knit by hand. The technique produces a tubular chain that is supple, lightweight, and beautiful to wear. Variations on the basic Viking chain stitch, using a knitting spool or crotchet hook, adding seed beads, as well as bi-color, tri-color, and other color combinations will also be demonstrated.

After completing the chain, students will pull them through a wooden drawplate to even them out, make them thinner, while adding length. Round out the day exploring chain terminations. Numerous tips for endings, clasps, and jump rings will be offered.

You can see more of Joy's work on her website or her webstore

Meet the Instructor

Joy Raskin

Joy Raskin has been a silversmith since 1984, and has exhibited throughout the United States, Ireland and New Zealand, showcasing both her jewelry and flatware designs. Joy is a native of New Hampshire, having attended public schools in Manchester and Concord. She was accepted as a member of the League of NH Craftsmen while still in high school. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Joy is an instructor at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, The Craft Center in NH, Sharon Art Center and many other schools. Joy also teaches workshops on jewelry making, metalsmithing, wireweaving, and various metal techniques at craft programs throughout New England. She also works as a goldsmith for a local gallery and is enjoying working with high tech tools such as the laser welder.

Joy has received many awards for her work. She was commissioned by the NH State Council on the Arts to create the Cultural Access Award for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2001. Her work is included in many collections, including the White House and Smithsonian Institution. Joy's work is found in multiple galleries throughout New England, including the League of NH Craftsmen Galleries, Boston Society of Arts & Crafts, Guilford Art Center, Millbrook Gallery, and others.

Materials & Tools 

There is a materials fee of $40, which is payable upon registration and includes 3 spools of wire (24g - 26g gold and silver plated parawire) and findings (a pair of cone caps and a clasp.)

Students should bring 
  • 2mm to 2.75mm crotchet hook is the desired size to use, but most small crotchet hooks will work.
  • Favorite pliers and wire cutters (Metalwerx has pliers available to use but students may have to share depending on class size.)
  • Assorted wood dowels but pens and markers also work (don't go out and buy anything special, we have a variety of options in our studio to use)
  • (optional) Fine silver or Argentium Silver in 22-28 gauge and any 24-26 gauge copper wire.



Materials Cost



Joy Raskin


May 12, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
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