The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration


Demystifying Double Knitting - Sat PM - SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 21, 2017

2:00 - 5:00

Instructor: Nathan Taylor

Class Fee: $50.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 15

0 Seats Available

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Description

This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two-sided technique, not the yarn weight!   

DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!   

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief  to be entirely wrong!  As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch At a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.   

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you.  We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!   

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it.  When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour!  Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!

Level of experience:  Adventurous beginner-Intermediate.   

          NECESSARY:  The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!

          DESIRED:  1) Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On.  If you have never done this before, please practice before attending the class. There are lots of videos on YouTube that will show you how. 2) It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner!  (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you)

Questions for Nathan?  Email nathan@nathantaylor.co.uk

Materials Information

There is no materials fee for this workshop.

Materials Provided by Instructor: None.   

Materials Provided by Student: One set of 4mm knitting needles. Can be circs or straights. About 10g of each of two contrasting colours of DK-weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist for best results. (If you normally use a yarn guide for colourwork, you might also want to bring this along, but it is not in any way essential.)   

Homework: Prior to coming to the class, please brush up on the Long-Tail Cast On, tying a slip-knot with two strands of yarn, and as a little bonus, knitting two stitches together, with TWO strands of yarn.

Workshop Instructor

ABOUT SOCKMATICIAN   Nathan Taylor, (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is obsessed with double-knitting! He ha...read more