Working a Vikkel braid creates a line of horizontally-aligned knit stitches. You can do single or multicolored Vikkel braids.
When I was researching different braids, this was the most straightforward one (for me). There are other braids; feel free to substitute if youâ€™d like.
Start by doing a M1right before the first stitch of the round.Â Slip the newly made stitch to the left hand needle.
- Knit into the 2nd stitch from behind the first stitch.Â Do not slip the worked-into stitch off the needle (you canâ€™t, anyway, without pulling off the first stitch).Â Next, knit into the 1st stitch.
- Drop both of the just worked into stitches off the left hand needle.
- Slip the first stitch on the right hand needle to the left hand needle.
Repeat the above 3 steps until youâ€™ve worked all the stitches of the round.
Pass the last made stitch over the first stitch of the round; this both â€˜joinsâ€™ the braid as well as getting rid of the increased stitch (so youâ€™re back to the same stitch count).
For further reference, see Folk Knitting in Estonia, Nancy Bush, pp50-51.
Unfortunately I couldnâ€™t find many online Vikkel references.
- Hereâ€™s a YouTube (in German):Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSwfzQ3G3V8 which very nicely shows the technique using one color.
- The Daily Skein also has a one-color tutorial here:Â http://dailyskein.wordpress.com/2008/08/23/vikkel-braid/