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Beth Brown-Reinsel - Twined (Two-End) Knitting

  • Water of Leith Centre 24 Lanark Road Edinburgh, Scotland, EH14 1TQ United Kingdom (map)

The Norwegians believe that keeping one's pulse warm helps keep one's whole body warm. Knit one of a pair of wristers using the 400 year-old Swedish technique of Twined, or Two-End, Knitting. In this three hour class, learn to work a two-color Half Braid, twined knitting, twined purling, and patterning (the "O" stitch, the Crook stitch, and Chain Path). Learn how to manage your yarns so that untwisting becomes a cinch! Reading Twined Knitting charts is also included.

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: The ability to knit holding the yarn in one's right hand is very helpful, but not essential. Also have familiarity with knitting in the round using double-pointed needles or two circular needles.

Materials to bring: • One skein of Chunky or worsted weight wool yarn, preferably light colored. The skein must be wound as a center-pull ball because you will be working with both ends. Also, at least 4 yards of a contrast color of worsted weight yarn. No single ply yarns! Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns. Four ply yarns show the textures best.  
• One set of size 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) double pointed needles or two circulars of any length.
• Stitch markers, sticky notes or a magnetic board to keep one's place on the chart.

Any "homework"?: Wind your yarn into a center pull ball if it is not already a pull-skein. Find both ends of the ball before class.

Class size: 20

Later Event: March 21
Anne Hanson - Shapely Shoulders