KN12 Multi-Color Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn
Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fair Office
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.
Proficiency Level: Intermediate; previous double-knitting experience required. You should either have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or on Craftsy, 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. Bring to Class: 3 highly-contrasting colors of plain yarn in the DK to worsted weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size.
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.