Saturday 02/23/2013, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday 02/23/2013, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday 02/24/2013, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday 02/24/2013, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Danish Skrå-trøje with Beth Brown-Reinsel
This remarkable Danish garment was created at the end of the 1800s. It is unusual in that most Danish knitting at that time was of one color while the skrå-trøje was knitted in navy and white. In this class, a sampler will be knitted circularly to explore the following techniques: working from a chart, working with two different sizes of yarn, seam stitches, the main motif, the underarm half gusset, working with a yarn in each hand or with 2 yarns in the left hand, purling in pattern with two yarns on the wrong side of the garment, creating a front slit, creating facings, a twined knitting braid on the cuff, an overlapped cuff slit, and assembly. Designing a skrå-trøje and weaving yarns to eliminate long floats in the back of the work will also be covered.
50 g (1.75 oz.) medium to dark #4 (worsted weight) yarn (preferably wool); 50 g (1.75 oz.) light or white #1 (fingering weight) yarn (preferably wool); several yards each of red and navy (or other contrasting colors) fingering yarn (preferably wool); 2.75, 3.25, and 3.5mm/US 2, 3, and 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles, 8" long or shorter; 3.5 mm/US 4 16" circular needle. (You may use two circs or one for the magic loop if you prefer.), stitch markers, stitch holders, scissors, tapestry needle, D crochet hook, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart.
Optional: 2 buttons and a clasp.
Note about yarns: This garment was made with worsted and fingering weight yarns as specified above. Brown Sheep Nature Spun yarns are avaialbe in worsted, sport, and fingering, Rauma yarns are available as DK (Strikkegarn and fingering (Finullgarn). If you are unable to find the yarns above, you may use one sport and one worsted weight yarn. Don't stress about it!
With 2.75mm/US 2 needles and CC yarn, cast on 80 sts. Join circularly and place marker at beginning of round. Rnds 1-4 *K4, p4; rep from *. Rnds 5-6 Knit in CC.