This is a class for knitters who want to explore the wonderful world of double-knitting (DK). That’s the two-sided technique, not the yarn weight!
DK is a versatile and wonderful way of creating stunning effects in reversible, two-sided knitting, so 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 proves that belief to be entirely wrong! As with any other type of knitting, no matter how complex the finished project, it is only One Stitch at a Time (#OSAAT), 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 talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!
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, with a gorgeous heart design on it. When you’ve finished, you can turn it over, and look! There’s another heart, in a different colour!
Congratulations, you are now a double-knitter!
Skill Level: The ability to knit and purl.
It is helpful if you are familiar with the Long-Tail Cast On. If you have some experience working with two yarns at the same time this is very helpful. If you have already done any stranded or fair isle knitting, and are already comfortable manipulating two strands of yarn together, you will be on to a winner! (If you normally use a yarn guide for holding two yarns in the same hand, it will be useful for you to bring it with you)
8 students maximum
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: Students should bring one set of 4mm knitting needles. Can be circulars or straights. About 10g of each of two contrasting colours of DK-weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist for best results.
Homework: Prior to coming to the class, please brush up on the Long-Tail Cast On, tying a slip-knot with two strands of yarn, and as a little bonus, knitting two stitches together, with TWO strands of yarn.
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.