This was supposed to be up much sooner this week, but we’ve had some Internet problems and been pretty busy. Anyway. Enough about me, on to the braid!
Edit 8/20/08: I can’t believe I didn’t actually link this back to the project it’s used in! The vikkel braid is used in the Arthurian Anklets. And probably other projects in the future.
I first learned about the vikkel braid in Nancy Bush’s Folk Knitting in Estonia. This is a great book if you’re interested in historical/traditional knitting. She has instructions for 3 different braids in the book; all make the stitches look like they’ve tipped over onto their sides, but all made very differently. According to the book, vikkel is the word for stitches that cross over each other, which is just how this braid is worked. This braid looks so nice on socks and mittens and it’s sure to bring questions of “How did you do that?!” As you’ll see, it’s pretty easy to get such adulation.
Step 1: Increase 1 stitch using an M1 increase.
Step 2: Place the stitch just made back onto the left needle.
Step 3: Bring the right needle behind the left needle, knit the second stitch on the left needle through the back loop,
then knit the first stitch on the left needle through the front as normal. (Getting the right needle around the left needle tip smoothly takes a little practice, but you’ll get the hang of it.) Drop both the first and second stitch off the left needle.
Repeat Steps 2-3 until the end of the round, rearranging stitches as needed. Give the working yarn a good pull right before slipping the stitches off the needle to keep the tension right.
At the end of the round, slip the last stitch over the first stitch of the round to get back to the original stitch count.
See, I told you it was pretty easy. Now, go forth and vikkel!