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Using a Lucet

Sketch of a Lucet.

Figure 1: A Lucet

 

A lucet is simply a tool with two arms that helps you knit cord. You can find examples with many shapes, made of metal, bone, wood, ivory, etc. [217] [675] They all work the same. In the Nordic lands, the lucet can be called a Strikkegaffel, Knyttegaffel, Snoregaffel, or Nullestok.

Here are all the steps involved to keep you occupied making cord for a long time.

Lucet step 1.

A
Lucet step 2.

B
Lucet step 3.

C
Lucet step 4.

D
Lucet step 5.

E
Lucet step 6.

F
Lucet step 7.

G
Lucet step 8.

H
Lucet step 9.

I

Figure 2: Steps in Making Cord with a Lucet

 

A
  • Hold the free, or starting, end of the yarn on the side facing you.
  • Pull the working end, the piece of yarn going to your ball of yarn, between the arms of the lucet.
  • Wrap the working end of the yarn around the right hand arm.
  • Pull the working end back between the arms, and over to the left, behind the lucet.

 

B
  • Wrap the working end completely across the side facing you.

 

C
  • Wrap the working end completely across the side opposite you.
  • Make sure this new wrapping is above the first wrapping made in step A.

 

D
  • Grab the lower loop on the right arm, and pull it up over the top loop.

 

E
  • Continue pulling the bottom loop until it is completely over the right arm.
  • Snug up the cord by pulling up the slack.

 

F
  • Pull on the free end to tighten up any slack on the yarn.

 

G
  • Turn the lucet so the right hand arm passed in front and the left hand arm goes behind.
  • This will wrap the working end of the yarn around the new right hand arm.
  • Make sure the new wrapping in above the previous loop.

 

H
  • Grab the lower loop on the right arm, and pull it up over the top loop. Just like step D.

 

I
  • Continue pulling the bottom loop until it is completely over the right arm. Just like step E
  • Snug up the cord by pulling up the slack.

 

Continue repeating steps G, H, and I until your cord is as long as you want. That's all there is to it.

- Making a Lucet -

 

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