Double Knitting Workshops
Alasdair Post-Quinn, author of Extreme Double-Knitting, well known teacher at yarn shops and Craftsy, is offering 2 workshops at Newbury Yarns.
Introduction to Double-Knitting
Saturday, June 8th from 1-4 $75
Description: 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.
Requirements: 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. This is an advanced technique, but you need only be comfortable with the long-tail cast-on and basic knit and purl; previous experience with colorwork is also helpful but not necessary.
Advanced 3 color Double-Knitting ~ Believe it or not 3 colors is easier than 2 colors ~ Sunday, June 9th from 1-5 $85
Description: This workshop will get you comfortable with some of the most useful and interesting multi-color “extreme” double-knitting techniques that I have developed. In a single swatch, you’ll learn three-color single-pattern and two-pattern double-knitting and three-color cables. You’ll also learn how to integrate multiple colors into a really clean double-knit edge and learn a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Requirements: 3 contrasting colors of plain yarn in the sport to DK weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size. Previous double-knitting experience required — you should either have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop or have done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop.
Homework: If you’re not already familiar with my cast-on, please learn it before the workshop so 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 athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQpsC1FKGrU. Also, please bring a sample of your previous double-knitting work, if handy.
We are very fortunate to have this very talented instructor and knitwear designer teach at Newbury Yarns.
Preregistration is required.
Call 617-572-3733 or come in to sign up.