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No skill required
Basic Know basic stitches (knit, purl or single crochet, double crochet).
Easy You should know the basics, how to increase and decrease, and have made at least one project.
Intermediate You should have worked with a few stitch patterns and should be familiar wtih basic garment shaping.
Advanced You should have made several garments in various stitch patters and should comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking knitters.
Alasdair is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer. He focuses specifically on double-knitting, which is a knitting technique that creates a fabric with no wrong side. Until recently, a typical double-knit fabric was either tubular or reversible with the opposite side showing a mirror image design in opposite colors. Over the past few years, people here and there have been expanding the definition of double-knitting to include more complex color and structure variations.
While Alasdair cannot claim to be the only one pushing these boundaries, he is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His 2011 book, entitled Extreme Double-Knitting, documents a snapshot of his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques (as well as being a guide for beginning double-knitters), but he is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs.
Alasdair has been teaching double-knitting around North America since 2005, and adds new techniques to his workshops regularly so that even experienced double-knitters or veterans of his previous workshops will have something new to learn. He also has a Craftsy class that covers some of the contents of his workshops, but for many thereâ€™s no substitute for face-to-face learning.
For more about Alasdair, go to double-knitting.com
STITCHES West 2015 Classes
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting
Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no 'wrong' side and with a built-in reversible colorwork pattern. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork that are so well known, double-knitting is a labor-intensive but wholly worthwhile technique to have in your repertoire.
In this workshop you'll learn Alasdair's 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. By the end of the workshop you should have completed a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
5152 Intermediate Multi-Color Double Knitting
Bored with only 2 colors in your double-knitting? Add a thirdâ€”or a fourth! With more than 2 colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit. Learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a 3-color pattern. In this workshop youâ€™ll get to play with 3-color single-pattern as well as 2-pattern double-knitting â€“ and open new doors to design possibilities that were previously impossible (or at least improbable). Youâ€™ll also learn how to integrate the third color into a foolproof double-knit selvedge, and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience required. (You should either have taken Alasdair's Introduction to
Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, or have done some
other standard (not slip-stitch) double-knitting colorwork on your own
or in another workshop.)
STITCHES West 2015 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 am
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Beyond Reversible Motifs: Double-Knitting for the Adventurous
Double-knitting no longer a challenge for you? Tired of looking at the wrong side of everything you make? Learn how to use double-knitting to translate many single-sided knitting techniques into reversible fabric! In this two-day intensive class, you'll learn several different techniques for double-knitting lace, double-knitting cables, as well as leaving the grid behind entirely with decorative double-knit increasing and decreasing colorwork. As a bonus, you'll also learn how to create standard double-knit fabric with lettering that's readable on both sides. Alasdair Post-Quinn is among those on the forefront of new double-knit technique development; aside from the regular class curriculum, he'll be happy to help you work past any double-knitting conundrums or stumbling blocks you've encountered in creating your own designs or working from other double-knitting patterns.
Note: Previous double-knitting experience is required.