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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES OF SOCKMATICIAN WORKSHOPS
Double Knitting Workshop 10 am start (SCROLL DOWN FOR AFTERNOON SESSION)
Materials students need to 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.
Class level: Adventurous beginner-intermediate.
Knowledge needed: NECESSARY: The ability to knit and purl. That’s sort of it!
DESIRED: 1) Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On. If you have never done this before, please practice before attending the class. There are lots of videos on YouTube that will show you how. 2) 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).
Homework: Prior to coming to the class, please brush up on the Long-Tail 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.
Strantarsia 1.30 start
This is a technique is pioneered by The Sockmatician and it’s really fun to do. Its applications are many and various. You can, for example, put a contrasting motif on the ankle of a sock, or a sports logo on the front of a hat. Fancy working a patch of colour work into the breast of a jumper knitted in the round? Thought you could only achieve it with duplicate stitch after the event? Not anymore! Now you can add little patches of stranded colour work anywhere you like in your in-the-round projects.
What to bring: You will need about 20g and 10g respectively, of each of two colours of DK weight yarn, worked into the swatch described below. Use two highly contrasting colours, and for best results a fibre that is suitable for colourwork, such as shetland wool, or another fairly grippy, natural fibre.
Homework: A swatch worked as follows-Using DK-weight yarn, and appropriately sized needles, with your main colour, cast on 40 sts in the round, and work about 10 rounds of stocking stitch/stockinette. Do not work any colour changes. DO NOT CAST OFF YOUR SWATCH! We will continue knitting it in the class.