KN09 Two-Pattern Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn
Thursday, May 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fair Office
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build, follow, and knit a two-pattern double-knit chart so that you can make letters that are readable on both sides of a knitted item – or even knit two completely different patterns. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the structure of double-knit fabric, learn the possibilities (and limitations) of two-pattern double-knitting, and learn a really clean double-knit selvage and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on. Proficiency Level: Intermediate; previous double-knitting experience required. You must have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting class either in person or on Craftsy, or you must have done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also have some basic familiarity with knitting from charts. Bring to Class: Two highly contrasting colors of plain yarn in DK to worsted-weight range and a pair of straight knitting needles or a circular needle of the appropriate size for the yarn you bring, and a chart on graph paper of a letter or some other asymmetric design of 15 rows by 15 columns or less.
Class Fee: $50. Materials Fee: None.
Alasdair Post-Quinn is a computer technician in the Boston area who spends much of his spare time as a knitting designer, focusing specifically on double-knitting, a 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 pushing the boundaries of double-knitting to include more complex color and structure variations. While he cannot claim to be the only one pushing these boundaries, Alasdair is among those on the forefront of innovation in double-knitting. His books, entitled Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, document his repertoire of esoteric double-knitting techniques (as well as being guides for beginning double-knitters). He is continuing to develop techniques and apply them to new designs. Alasdair has been teaching double-knitting around North America since 2005, and he adds new techniques to his workshops regularly. He also has Craftsy classes that cover some of the contents of his in-person workshops, but there’s often no substitute for face-to-face learning! Website: www.double-knitting.com.