The Lucet is a two-pronged, cordmaking tool that dates back to the Viking and medieval periods. This simple, horn-shaped tool is typically made from horn, wood or bone, and is used to create braided chains or cords. These square cords are very strong and slightly springy, making them ideal for drawstrings, lacing clothing and creating necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. Creating the basic square braid requires a single thread and uses a series of loops.
Hold the lucet in your left hand, and a ball of yarn in your right. Thread the yarn from the back of the hole to the front -- the hole is at the bottom of the lucet. Hold the tail of the string with your thumb.
Wind the string from the outside to the inside of the right horn, from front to back. Continue winding the string around the left horn from front to back, then again around the right horn to create a figure eight with the string.
Bring the cord out from behind the right horn to the front. This top thread is now your "working thread." Grasp the back of the bottom right loop with your right thumb and forefinger, then lift it over the working thread and off the horn.
Pull the working thread gently to the right to tighten the loop against the horn.
Turn the lucet around -- the left-hand side horn will now be on the right-hand side. This process properly winds the yarn around the lucet. Gently pull the yarn to the right to tighten the loop against the new right horn. Grasp the back of the bottom right loop, then lift it over the working thread and off the horn.
Repeat the previous three steps until the cord is the desired length. Trim the working thread once you are finished, leaving a 6-inch tail. Carefully remove the cord from the horn.
Thread the newly cut working thread through the left hoop, then gently pull and tighten the loop. Now thread the working thread through the right hoop. Pull to tighten and create the finishing knot.
Pulling the thread from behind the horn loosens the loop. Pulling the thread from the front of the horn tightens the stitch you just made.
Tips and warnings
- Pulling the thread from behind the horn loosens the loop.
- Pulling the thread from the front of the horn tightens the stitch you just made.