KN18 Double-Knitting Lace with Alasdair Post-Quinn
Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fair Office
I love the possibilities of lace – the elegant shapes and flowing forms that can be generated with just a few holes and decreases. As I push the boundaries of double-knitting, how could I not try double-knit lace? It turns out that there are several ways to do it – and not all of them are interchangeable. In this workshop, you’ll learn 3 of the methods of double-knit openwork that I’ve discovered, and the pros and cons of each. As with the other advanced workshops, you’ll also learn a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on. Proficiency Level: Advanced; previous double-knitting experience required. You should have either taken Alasdair’s Double-Knitting Off-the-Grid workshop in person, completed the Craftsy workshop, or done some double-knitting colorwork with increases and decreases on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with basic single-faced lace knitting. Bring to Class: 2 highly-contrasting colors of plain yarn in the fingering to sport weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size or a size or two larger.
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.