KN16 Introduction to Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn (repeat)

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fair Office (repeat of Thursday morning’s class)

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 knitting repertoire. In this workshop, you’ll learn my 2-color cast on for double-knitting, get comfortable with the techniques involved, and 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. Proficiency Level: Intermediate knitters. 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 helpful by not necessary. Bring to Class: Two highly contrasting colors of plain yarn in DK to worsted-weight range and a pair of straight needles or a circular needle in the of the appropriate size for the yarn you bring.
Class Fee: $50. Materials Fee: None. The class fee includes admission to the Festival for the day.

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.

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