Demystifying Double Knitting

Demystifying Double Knitting with Nathan Taylor, the Sockmatician

Sunday 24 February 2.30pm-5.30pm

This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the twosided technique, not the yarn weight!

DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so no more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic! Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class proves that belief to be entirely wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where! We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour! Congratulations, you are now a double.

Level/Ability: NECESSARY: The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it! DESIRED: It would be good to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you)

Notes, any additional info, what do people need to bring? Please bring: One set of 4mm knitting needles. Can be circs or straights. About 10g of each of two contrasting colours of DK-weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist for best results

Homework: Prior to coming to the class, please learn the Two-Colour, Alternating, Long-Tail Cast On for Double Knitting ( https://youtu.be/RO-maaxl8Rc ), or at the very least, know how to do the standard LongTail Cast on, tying a slip-knot with two strands of yarn, and as a little bonus, knitting two stitches together, with TWO strands of yarn.

Tutor biography: Sockmatician (Nathan Taylor)

Nathan Taylor (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is a knitwear designer, knitting teacher, and popular podcaster on YouTube. Since starting his adult knitting life in 2011, he has had patterns published in the following magazines: Knit Now!; Vogue Knitting; Rib; and The Knitter, and in the book Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps 2. The majority of his patterns, however, can be purchased individually on Ravelry (search Sockmatician’s Sock Shop). His first book, GUYS KNIT, from Haynes Publishing, is available now from Haynes.com Although his designs encompass a wide variety of techniques, Nathan is most known for his work in developing and designing patterns in Double-Knitting: a technique for creating a reversible, two-sided fabric in two or more colours, where the pattern and colours on one side are inverted on the other, and he has given classes in the subject all over the UK, Europe, America, New Zealand, and Australia, in locations ranging from the smallest local yarn shop, to North America’s largest sheep and wool festival, Rhinebeck.

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