Learning to use this ancient cord-making tool is easy and the ways of using it are numerous!
The lucet is believed to date back to Medieval times when it was used to create cords for clothing and general use. Lucet cord is square, strong, and slightly springy.
Make cord to embellish your knit and crochet projects, or use lucet cord for jewelry and other cord crafts.
If you've never used a lucet before, grab one of our gorgeous Wool Tree Lucets and follow along with the "How To" video below:
There are a couple of things that I didn't touch on in the video that I think are worth mentioning:
Don't choose a nubby or novelty yarn for your first cords. In the video, I do mention that it is easiest to stick with an elastic yarn when you start out on the lucet - also keep in mind you want a traditionally-plied fiber. Any fancy nubbins in your yarn will make working with the lucet more difficult.
As you work, the cord will naturally wrap around the handle like in the photo at the start of this post. I just think there is something simply beautiful about that and the simplicity of this tool.
This is only one of many ways to make lucet cord! Although mentioned in the above video, it bears repeating. The most common method of using the Lucet is demonstrated in the video above. The tutorials below will show more ways to leverage your lucet to create cool cording and help sustain an heirloom fiber practice.
Choose from one of the tutorials below for more ways to use your Lucet.
Basic Cords (1 Strand)
Multiple Strand Cords