There is a bit of a challenge of terminology about this style of
chain making, specifically what I teach as hand crochet. It has been
referred to as crochet by many other goldsmiths, and is sometimes
also called knitting, and is occasionally called a woven chain.
The stitch itself is more reminiscent of a knit stitch than a
crochet stitch, or so I have been told by many of my students who are
well versed in fabric and textile applications.
If we call this knitting people will likely envision that the work
is being accomplished with a pair of needles, which it is not. Or
might consider it spool knitting, which it is not. Or even Viking
knitting, which although similar in appearance, is done over an
armature, not freehand, and is a different procedure.
Crochet implies to some the use of a hook, which this particular
application in metal also does not utilize. Weaving, to me, implies
two or more elements which cross or intersect or have some
relationship to one another. This particular structure is a single
This distinction of a correct title is one of some contention
between knitters and crocheters, but goldsmiths tend to stay out of
their discussion about the name of the technique and we just make
fabulous jewelry with it.
While we are on the topic, I’ll mention that I will be teaching a 2
day workshop in this technique at the Revere Academy in San Francisco
June 14/15, 2008.
For 415.391.4179 or www.revereacademy.com.