Level 3: double-Knitting Off The Grid
Objective: To take your existing knowledge of double-knitting techniques and push its limits with single and double increasing and decreasing techniques.
Description: Knitting is so often just one row of stitches on top of another – and double-knitting doubly so. In the pursuit of more interesting shapes, sometimes you need to go … off the grid. In this workshop, you’ll learn a whole host of double-knit increases and decreases – you can use them for shaping later, but I prefer to use them to make colorwork that almost seems to be embroidered onto the fabric. If you combine this technique with double-knit cables, whole new worlds will open up before you. 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 highly-contrasting colors of plain yarn in the DK to worsted weight range and a pair of straight or circular needles in the proper size. Previous double-knitting experience required -- you should either have taken Alasdair’s Introduction to Double-Knitting workshop in person or started the Craftsy class, or have done some other double-knitting colorwork on your own or in another workshop. You should also be comfortable with some type of increase and decrease in single-sided knitting and be able to follow them in 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. The cast-on we'll be doing is subtly different from the one currently online but it's best if you have a solid foundation. You can find a video tutorial on Youtube. Also, please bring a sample or photo of your previous double-knitting work, if handy.