“A lucet, or “knitting fork”, is a tool used in cordmaking or braiding. This tool is believed to date back to the Viking and Medieval periods, when it was used to create cords that were used to tie or adorn clothing, or to hang items from the belt.
Lucet cord is square, strong, and slightly springy. It closely resembles knitted I-cord or the cord produced on a knitting spool.
Lucet cord is formed by a series of loop like knots, and therefore will not unravel if cut.
Unlike other braiding techniques such as kumihimo, finger-loop braiding or plaiting, where the threads are of a finite length, lucetted (or knitted) braids can be created without pre-measuring threads, so it is a technique suited for very long cords.
“Archaeological finds and a literary description of lucets strongly suggest that their use declined after the 12th century, but was revived in the 17th century. Their use waned again in the early 19th century, but they’ve made another come-back!
“A modern lucet fork is normally made of wood, with two prongs at one end and a handle on the other. It may also have a hole through which the cord can be pulled. Medieval lucets, in contrast, appear to be double-pronged, straight-sided implements, often made of bone. Some were shaped from hollowed bones, left tubular, presumably so that the cord could be drawn through the center hole.” [Wikipedia]
Tip: You can decorate your wooden lucet tools with paints or colored inks, or even pyrography.
Perfect for knitters, crocheters and all fiber artists.
Used for making strong cords or braids. You can use these cords in many ways, including:
- button fastenings
- embellishments for your knitting and crochet projects
Length: 15.7cm / 6.2inch; 11cm / 4.3inch
2 wooden pieces – the lucet and the tool for hooking the yarn over the fork.
1. The color of the tools you receive might be slightly different due to the color calibration of each individual monitor.
2. Please allow tiny measurement deviations due to manual measurement.
Stitchdiva shows “How to Make Lucet Cord – How to use the Lucet” on her Youtube channel, using her fingers instead of the wooden hooking tool.