Friday 08/07/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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2-pattern Double-knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn
So you’ve learned to love the reversible magic that is double-knitting, and perhaps you want to make a gift with a unique personal touch. You chart out the name of that special someone, but when you double-knit it, the opposite side is all in mirror-image letters! With planning and a little bending of the rules, you can avoid this. In this workshop you’ll learn how to build, follow, and knit a 2-pattern double-knit chart so that you can make letters readable on either side—or even make 2 completely different patterns. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the structure of double-knit fabric and learn the possibilities (and limitations) of 2-pattern double-knitting, along with a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should have taken Alasdair's Introduction to
Double-Knitting or have done some
other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own
or in another workshop.)
2 contrasting colors of plain yarn in the DK to worsted weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size.for your yarn. A pencil and eraser will also be helpful.
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.
Bring a chart on graph paper of a letter or some other asymmetric design at 15 rows by 15 columns or less. If you forget, I'll have a few letter charts you can use. If you're not already familiar with my cast-on, please learn it before the workshop so we we can move right into new techniques. The cast-on we'll be doing is subtly different from the one currently online but it's best if you have a solid foundation. You can find a video tutorial on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQpsC1FKGrU. Also, please bring a sample or photo of your previous double-knitting work, if handy.