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Colorwork II: Two Handed Stranded Colorwork and Duplicate Stitching with Alex Capshaw-Taylor

  • Untangled Purls 2521 Cowan Boulevard Fredericksburg, VA, 22401 United States (map)

To register please call Untangled Purls at 540.479.8382.

Colorwork II introduces knitters to the rich tradition of two handed stranded colorwork and duplicate stitching. Stranded colorwork is a technique in which two colors are used throughout, carrying the unused color behind the work (known as floats) as you switch from one color to another. Using both your right and left hand to alternately pick and throw each color allows you to create floats with ease. Duplicate stitching is an embroidery technique that mirrors a knit stitch on already knitted fabric. It's a fun and easy way to embellish your knits with colorful patterns. In this three hour class students will learn the various types of stranded colorwork including Fair Isle, Bohus, Scandinavian, Latvian, and Andean knitting traditions, as well as discuss the technique of steeking. Students will practice using both the right and left hand to complete a Fair Isle colorwork hat and embellish it using duplicate stitching.

Date Sunday March 12, 2017 from 2-5pm (3 hour class)

Class Fee $50

Skills Required The ability to knit and purl.

Skills Learned Two handed stranded colorwork, duplicate stitching, reading color charts, steeking.

Materials Please have the following materials and yarn balled before class begins:

  • 250 yards of your main color yarn
  • 30 yards each of 4 additional colors
  • US Size 7 (4.5mm): 16”/40.5cm circular and set of 4 double pointed.
  • You will receive a copy of the Whetstone Hat pattern in class.

Homework Please complete a gauge swatch before your first class, changing needle size until you achieve 20 stitches & 27 rows = 4″ in single-color stockinette stitch. If you need to know how to measure gauge and how needle size can change your gauge, please watch this video. Additionally, if you do not currently knit holding the yarn in your left hand (known as continental/German/picking style knitting) I highly encourage you to watch this video and practice holding the yarn in your left hand before coming to class.