The Future of Double-Knitting
Join us in the shop with Nathan Taylor AKA Sockmatician for the next step of double knitting.
Ready to move on from using double-knitting to make pot-holders, coasters and scarves? Then this is the class for you. Double-knitting is a fantastic technique for creating reversible, double-squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong sides, and can be used for many different purposes. If you want to take your double-knitting to the
next level, you are going to need to know a little bit more than how to make the standard stocking-stitch-on-both- sides fabric that we all know and love.
Nathan will show you how to execute a variety of different types of both increases and decreases, and tell you where you might want to use each of them to their best effect. You’ll talk about the concepts behind changing shaping techniques for single-face knitting into reversible, two sided shaping techniques that will allow you the freedom to turn your double-knitting into any shape you like.
The class covers two different types of yarn overs (both connected and unconnected forms), along with the Make One increase (both left- and right leaning). For decreases, we’ll discuss the idea of matched pairs, and learn about right- and left-leaning single and double decreases, as well as the Centred Double
Decrease, and a whole variety of others. Time permitting, we’ll even learn how to do German Short Rows in DK, so that you can send your double-knitting round corners!
Once you get to grips with what is possible, the possibilities are endless. This really IS the future of double knitting!
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced. This is a class that will be suitable for knitters with some experience of double-knitting, who are looking to expand their horizons.
You will need to be competent in standard, two-colour double-knitting, creating a
fabric that show as stocking stick on both sides. You will need to know how to cast on in two colours, alternating knit and purl stitches, to set up for DK, and you will preferably need to know how to perform the Slip-Stitch Edge technique for creating neat and tidy edges that lock the two faces of your fabric together, although any
edge technique for DK would suffice.
8 students maximum
Date & Time: Saturday 2 February 2019 10 - 1pm
Length: 3 hrs
Instructor: Nathan Taylor
(aka Sockmatician on Ravelry, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) is obsessed with double-knitting! He has been knitting seriously since 2011, and designing since around the same time. His passion is for sharing his knowledge of DK with as many people as possible, and pushing the boundaries, and furthering what is possible within the realms of this addictive and beautiful technique.
Nathan has had patterns published in Knit Now! Magazine, Vogue Knitting, The Knitter and RIB Magazine. Nathan hosts a very popular knitting podcast on YouTube, and particularly champions male knitters, with a view to getting not only more men into knitting, but also getting more patterns aimed at men out there. His YouTube channel includes many tutorials for the many and varied techniques involved in knitting his patterns, and Nathan is dedicated to making these tutorials as friendly, and as easy to understand as possible.
As a result of his work in these fields, Nathan was named as Knit Now Magazine’s Knitter of the Year, in the Online Innovator category. He has been teaching double-knitting classes for the last couple of years, and enjoys nothing so much as
seeing that lightbulb moment, when someone’s brain clicks, and he knows that a new DKer has been born.
Taking a class with Nathan is not the same as sitting at home watching one of his tutorials. He has a boundless enthusiasm for the subject, and limitless patience with the process. His knowledge and understanding of the subject far exceeds what can be put into a short video, and he knows that every knitter is different, and everyone needs different things in order to be able to pick something up effectively. Understanding this is the key to good teaching, and Nathan has spent a lifetime studying human nature, in his other life as a West End actor, so adapting his teaching methods to the individual knitter in front of him comes easily. Be it clear and succinct description and explanation, or where appropriate and comfortable, hands-on demonstrations, Nathan gives the kind of teaching that just can’t be found anywhere else, and he makes each knitter feel like that are being taught in a one-to-one session, regardless of the size of the class.
Materials Needed: You will need about 20g of each of two colours of yarn, worked into the swatch described below. Use two highly contrasting colours, and a nice smooth yarn that is not too grippy.
Homework: Prior to class please work a swatch as follows
Using DK-weight yarn, and appropriately sized needles, cast on 20 PAIRS of stitches (40sts in total), using any two-colour, alternating cast on you like, and work about 5-8 rows of standard double-knitting, where both faces of the fabric display stocking stitch. Do not work any colour changes, so that you will have colour A on one side, and colour B on the other with no pattern showing. DO NOT CAST OFF YOUR SWATCH! We will continue knitting it in the class.
Cancellation Policy: In the event of a cancellation refunds will be provided if another student is available to take your place. We run a waiting list system for these eventualities but please be aware that any cancellation made close to the date of the course is less likely to be refundable.
In the unusual event that the class or course is cancelled by us a full refund will of course be processed.