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Alasdair Post-Quinn
Alasdair is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer. He focuses 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 books, Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques, 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. 

For more about Alasdair, go to double-knitting.com.



STITCHES West 2019 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and 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 my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.

Note: To take this class, you must be able to cast on and knit and purl comfortably in single-layer knitting. If you are familiar with the long-tail CO and some other form of two-color work, you will have a leg up but these are not strictly necessary.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
5152 Intermediate Multi-color Double-knitting Bored with only two colors in your double-knitting? Add a third – or a fourth! With more than two colors per row in double-knitting, the rules change a bit – learn how to choose a color rotation and maintain it throughout a three-color pattern. In this workshop, you’ll get to play with three-color single-pattern as well as two-pattern double-knitting – and open new doors to design possibilities that were previously impossible (or at least improbable). You’ll also learn how to integrate the third color into a foolproof double-knit selvedge, and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
5302 Advanced Double-knitting Intarsia Have you been wanting to add more color to your double-knitting, but feeling like you don't have enough hands when doing multi-color double-knitting?

With double-knit intarsia, you can work with a theoretically unlimited number of colors without changing the thickness or flexibility of the double-knit fabric - and you only need to deal with two strands at a time. In addition, all those unattractive intarsia twists are completely hidden inside the work.

Learn to combine double-knitting colorwork and intarsia to add an exciting twist to your creative repertoire. As with most of my other workshops, you'll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.

Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5156 Advanced Double-knitting Cables Back in 2011 when I came out with my book “Extreme Double-Knitting”, I created one hat called “Vasily” to showcase double-knit cables. At the time, I was limited by my perception that double-knit cables weren’t as flexible as standard cables, and you couldn’t use negative space to allow the cable to travel across a background. Only a short while after the book came out, I discovered a way to do double-knit cables that was elegant and clever – and opened up new possibilities for the technique. In this workshop, you’ll learn two different techniques for double-knitted cables – and understand why you’d use one method over the other in any given situation. As with the other advanced workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
5153 Easy Introduction to Double Knitting Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no "wrong" side and 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 my 2-color cast-on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, then move into colorwork. At the end of the workshop, you should have a motif swatch and be confident that you can tackle a larger standard double-knitting pattern.

Note: To take this class, you must be able to cast on and knit and purl comfortably in single-layer knitting. If you are familiar with the long-tail CO and some other form of two-color work, you will have a leg up but these are not strictly necessary.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5155 Advanced Double-knitting Lace The more I double-knit, the more possibilities I see opening up before me. I love the possibilities of lace – the elegant shapes and flowing forms that can be generated with just a few holes and decreases. As I push the boundaries of double-knitting, how could I not try double-knit lace? It turns out that there are several ways to do it – and not all of them are interchangeable. In this workshop, you’ll learn 3 of the methods of double-knit openwork that I’ve discovered, and the pros and cons of each. As with the other advanced workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.