Level 3: Double-knitting Entrelac
Objective: To take your existing knowledge of double-knitting techniques and push its limits by adding short-rows, increases, decreases, and picked-up stitches, combining them into an entrelac swatch.
Description: Are you a double-knitter itching for a technique extravaganza? Do you love the basket-weave look of entrelac knitting but dislike the unattractive wrong side? As I developed the techniques for double-knit entrelac to include in my book Double or Nothing, I discovered that the two techniques are surprisingly compatible and fun to combine. Learn double-knit invisible short-rows, increases, decreases, picked-up stitches – and combine it all to make a double-knit entrelac swatch. With these techniques, you can modify most entrelac patterns to make them completely reversible. As with most of my other 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 DK to worsted weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size. 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 completed the Craftsy class, or have done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with single-layered entrelac and short rows.
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.