Note: Late enrollment pricing begins September 17; Master Class package pricing and standard pricing will no longer be available after September 16.
Alasdair Post-Quinn: 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 Alasdair Post-Quinn’s 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.
Date: Sunday, September 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tuition: $75 through September 16, $85 After September 16
Prerequisite Skills: 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.
Materials: 2 contrasting colors of LB Collection Superwash Merino, Modern Baby, Wool Ease Worsted or Vanna’s Choice and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size.
Alasdair Post-Quinn: Two-Pattern Double Knitting
Take your existing knowledge of double-knitting techniques and push its limits by working two different patterns on either side! 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 two-pattern double-knit chart so that you can make letters readable on either side – or even make two completely different patterns. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the structure of double-knit fabric and learn the possibilities (and limitations) of two-pattern double-knitting, along with a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
Date: Sunday, September 25, 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Tuition: $75 until September 16, $85 after September 16
Prerequisite Skills: Previous double-knitting experience required — you should either have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or started the Craftsy class, or have done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also have some basic familiarity with knitting charts.
Materials: 2 highly-contrasting colors of LB Collection Superwash Merino, Modern Baby, Wool Ease Worsted or Vanna’s Choice and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size.
Homework: 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 Alasdair’s 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. We’re also holding classes on Alasdair’s cast-on at the Studio on September 21 and 22 — it’s free if you’re signed up for one of the master classes, and $20 if you aren’t.
Also, please bring a sample or photo of your previous double-knitting work, if handy.