Level 3: Double-knitting Cables
Back in 2011 when I came out with my book Extreme Double-Knitting, I created one hat called “Vasily” to showcase double-knit cables. At the time, I was limited by my perception that double-knit cables weren’t as flexible as standard cables, and you couldn’t use negative space to allow the cable to travel across a background. Only a short while after the book came out, I discovered a way to do double-knit cables that was elegant and clever – and opened up new possibilities for the technique.
In this workshop, you’ll learn several different techniques for double-knit twisted and traveling cables with and without a cable needle – and understand why you’d use one method over another in any given location. If we have time, you’ll learn how to make the background show up as purls rather than knits for that extra “pop”. 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.
What to bring: 2 solid colors (one light, one darker) of plain yarn in the sport to DK weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size or a size larger. You should also bring a metal U-shaped cable needle; spares may be available to borrow or purchase for a small fee.
What to know: You should be comfortable with modern (two colors at once) double-knitting from recent experience. You should also be comfortable with single-layer cabled knitting (with or without a cable needle) and working cables from knitting charts.
What to do: Please learn my cast-on from this Youtube video before the workshop so we can move right into new techniques. If your double-knitting experience is rusty or far in the past, use whatever resources you have at your disposal to work up a small swatch of double-knitting with a simple color pattern. This will help shore up your foundation before taking this workshop.