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Nathan Taylor - Double-Knitted Lace

  • The Risk Factory 20 New Mart Rd Edinburgh, EH14 1RL UK (map)

This class takes your experience of double-knitting to the next level. Love lace knitting? Imagine how you can make your favourite lace patterns take flight by adding a second colour to the textures and directions that lace can give you. Only DK can take you there. Just one more reason to love DK!

In this class, we will be looking at how to adapt a classic lace stitch pattern, and give it the DK treatment. Oh, it's simple enough to knit it with one colour on one side, and another on the other: that's just not enough, though. Using the "matched pair" philosophy we'll look at how to translate the pattern's increases and decreases into double-knitting, but we'll also explore the many and various options that we are presented with by the fact that we have two colours to choose from for every stitch. The possibilities are endless, and the results will astound you, and anyone who sees your stunningly beautiful and complex-looking masterpiece. And the best bit is: it's nowhere NEAR as hard as you think!

Level: Intermediate, but note: this is a fast-paced, fun class and there is a lot to get through!

Skills needed: You will need to know and be familiar with the basics of double-knitting: casting on with two colours, working basic, standard two-colour double-knitting, where both sides show as stocking stitch, locking the sides of your DK fabric together at the edges. 
A little bit of experience of lace knitting is helpful, but not essential. Some working knowledge of a variety of increases and decreases in single-face knitting is desirable.

Materials to bring: You will need to bring 20-30g of each of two highly contrasting colours of sock-weight yarn, and a pair of 3.5–4.25mm needles. Can be straights or circs. Choose smooth yarns with a high twist, and little to no bloom for best results. Only solids or semi-solids will work. Avoid variegated or multi-coloured yarns.
The class is a bit of a brain workout: be sure to bring water for hydration, and sugary snacks. Your brain will need to stay sharp.

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 14