Level 3: Double-knitting Cables
Objective: To take your existing knowledge of double-knitting techniques and push its limits by adding cables!
Description: 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.
Requirements: 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 U-shaped cable needle; spares may be available for a small fee. Previous experience in modern (two colors at once) double-knitting required — you should either have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or started the Craftsy class, or have recently done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with single-layer cabled knitting; (without a cable needle is a big bonus but not vital) and working from charts.
Homework: If you’re not already familiar with my cast-on, please learn it before the workshop so we can move right into new techniques. You can find a video tutorial on Youtube. Also, please bring a sample or photo of your previous double-knitting work, if handy.