Exploring Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn
Date: March 17-18 (Fri-Sat)
Instructor: Alasdair Post-Quinn
Double-knitting is a method of creating a “colorwork-based” fabric with no “wrong” side. At its simplest, it looks like stockinette on both layers, with the option of motifs, which reverse color and direction when flipped over. However, that’s not all that can be done with it. Follow designer Alasdair Post-Quinn down some of the paths into more unusual double-knitting territory. First, get your bearings with an introduction to double-knitting and learn Alasdair’s “cast-on” method. If you’re brand new to the technique or just need a refresher, you’re certain to learn something here. In the second part of the class, you’ll learn to plan out and knit a swatch where the two layers are not identical! You’ll actually change the fabric so that two different motifs show up on either side. Let this new knowledge steep overnight after an evening of rest and relaxation and get ready for a more advanced adventure into double-knit shaping where you’ll learn a whole series of double-knitting increases and decreases to achieve amazing effects. Alasdair prefers to use this technique for decorative off-the-grid color work. The last part of the class will focus on putting those decreases to use along with some yarnovers to create double-knit lace. It also might be possible to cover learning a really clean double-knit selvedge and a bind-off that mirrors the cast-on.
About the Instructor
Alasdair is the author of two books on double-knitting technique and design, Extreme Double-Knitting and Double or Nothing, as well as a handful of standalone patterns. He has been teaching double-knitting around North America since 2005, and is continuing to develop and refine double-knitting techniques to incorporate into new designs. He is based in Boston.