Friday 02/20/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 02/20/2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Color Twined Mittens with Beth Brown-Reinsel
In Sweden, as long ago as the 17th century, a form of knitting was practiced called Tvåändsstickning or two-end knitting. Using a strand from each end of a center pull ball of yarn, wound of either one or two colors of yarn, the created fabric has great warmth, strength, and durability as well as firm elasticity. This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenacious knitter with ease, moderate speed, and lovely garments. The classic Morning Glory motif in these mittens was knitted in garments for both men and women in the area of Hälsingland. One mitten will be knitted in class to learn and understand a twined knitting cast-on, yarn management, twined knitting, twined purling for a half-braid, working the chart, creating a thumb gusset, shaping the mitten tip, and completing the thumb.
For a pair of mittens: 3 oz. each of two colors of yarn in worsted weight (220-245 yards/4 oz.) No single ply yarns or space dyed yarns! They will pull apart or muddy the motifs.
One set of five US 5 (3.75 mm) dp needles.
Basics, Stitch holder, magnetic board or highlighter tape to keep one's place on the chart.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Wind a partial center-pull ball of one color of yarn, then wind the other color on top of the first. Find the outer end of the second color wound and the end of the first color yarn in the middle of the center-pull ball before class.