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Jen Arnall-Culliford - Adventures in Helical Knitting

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

All knitting in the round works by creating a continuous spiral of stitches. Helical knitting works by having multiple spirals of stitches worked simultaneously, each with their own ball of yarn. This clever technique can be used to create helical garter stitch (and other stitch patterns) with no “seam” at the start of the round, as well as jogless stripes. This class will introduce the basic method with 1x1 helical stripes before exploring other 2-round stitch patterns, and then moving on to multiple round patterns.

Level: Suitable for anyone who is confident knitting and purling in the round

Skills needed: Knitters must be confident at knitting and purling in the round on a small diameter (as you would for socks or mittens)

Materials to bring: 4ply (US fingering), sport weight or DK yarn (but not a mixture): 15-25g of 3 different shades of yarn AND 40g of another different shade, split into two roughly 20g balls.
- A set of needles for knitting 4ply/Sport/DK yarn in the round on a small circumference (think socks or mittens).
You may find it useful to have two sets of these needles.
- 4 locking stitch markers

Any "homework"?: Using one of your yarns, cast on 40 sts. Join to work in the round.
Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.
Work in 2x2 rib as set by last round until piece measures 2.5cm [1in] from cast-on edge. Leave stitches on needles ready for class.

Class size: 20