Time: 6 to 9 hours
Level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars. Ability to knit English style is very helpful, but not required.
Learn the fascinating Swedish technique of Tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting by creating one of a pair of fingerless mitts. Working in the round, the techniques covered include: twine knitting, twine purling, the crook stitch, the “O” stitch, reading a chart, and the Chain Path, the twined knitted increase, an asymmetrical thumb gusset, and traditional motifs. The Herringbone Braid is an optional addition.
The typical gauge for traditional twined knitting is high, usually 8 stitches to the inch or more. I teach a lot of twined knitting classes and have found that students meet with better success and less frustration initially if they begin with a lower gauge.
- Yarn- No single ply yarns!
Around 4 oz. light colored worsted weight yarn for two mitts. Yarn MUST be wound into a center pull ball. 1 oz. contrasting yarn of the same weight. Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns. Four ply yarns show the textures best.
One set of 7″ long (approximately) double pointed needles, US size 6 (4 mm)
- Extras: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn for holding stitches, magnetic board or sticky notes for keeping one’s place on the chart.
Main color yarn MUST be wound into a center pull ball with the two ends accessible before class.