Shaping The Future of Double Knitting



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Saturday 8th June, 10am to 1pm, at Purlescence HQ, Newbury


Nathan Taylor, (aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is obsessed with double-knitting! His passion is for sharing his knowledge of DK with as many people as possible, pushing its boundaries, and furthering what is possible within the realms of double-knitting.

Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you.

Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both-sides fabric that we all know and love.

Nathan will:

  • Show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases.
  • Tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect.
  • Talk about the concepts behind changing shaping techniques for single-face knitting into reversible two-sided shaping techniques that will allow you the freedom to turn your double-knitting into any shape you like.

The class covers two different types of yarn overs (both connected and unconnected forms), along with the Make One increase (both left- and right-leaning). For decreases, we’ll discuss the idea of matched pairs, and learn about right- and left-leaning single and double decreases, as well as the Centred Double Decrease, and a whole variety of others.

We'll even learn how to do German Short Rows in DK, so that you can send your double-knitting round corners!

Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double- knitting!

Level of experience: Intermediate/Advanced:

Skills Required

This is a class that will be suitable for knitters with some experience of double-knitting, who are looking to expand their horizons.

You will need to be competent in:

  • Standard, two-colour double-knitting,
  • Creating a fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides.
  • You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK

You will preferably need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together, although any edge technique for DK would suffice.

Workshops at Purlescence

Workshops at Purlescence are held in the spacious and beautifully lit Yarn Room at our Leckhampstead HQ on the Berkshire Downs near Newbury. There is good access from the M4 and A34 and plenty of free parking just a few steps from our door. Should you wish to come by train, we run a free collection service from Kintbury or Didcot Station.

The price of your workshop includes all refreshments. The workshop runs from 10am to 1pm.