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Nathan Taylor - Demystifying Double Knitting

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

Double Knitting is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting. No more wrong sides, no unsightly floats, and best of all, two garments in one, as whatever beautiful pattern is displayed on the front, shows on the back too, but with the colours reversed. Magic!

Because the results are often so impressive, a lot of people feel that DK is beyond their knitting capabilities. This class is to prove that belief wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch At a Time, and if you can knit and purl, then you too can become a DK wizard.

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of DK work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only DK can give you. 

We’ll be starting with a two-colour cast on, learning about simple, no-pattern DK (one colour on one side, and a different colour on the other), reading DK charts, changing colours, and while we are learning all of this information, we’ll be creating a cute little coaster.

Level: Suitable for confident knitters who have some experience of colour-work, and are used to knitting and purling, and have a yearning for something new and fabulous!

Skills needed: Please be familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On; and you will need to have some experience of working with two yarns at the same time

Materials to bring: minimum 10g of DK weight yarn in each of two contrasting colours; 4mm needles (or your usual size of needles for working with DK yarn)

Any “homework”?: None.

Class size: 12