Thursday, May 5, 2011

Basic Double Knitting Tutorial

Tomorrow I finally get to enjoy all the planning that has been going on for over a year and go to the Studio 66 Retreat!! I am really excited. I get to help out with some of the dyeing activities, including space dyeing cotton yarn and dyeing fiber in the crock pot. I also get to demonstrate, and this year I chose Double Knitting.

Double Knitting creates a reversible fabric made up of two layers. It is thick and warm, a perfect choice for winter outerwear and blankets. It is not nearly as difficult as it appears, if you can knit and purl then you can work double knitting!

I wrote up a tutorial to help my students along and give them something to work off of once the fun is over and everyone goes home. For anyone else who wasn't lucky enough to go to the retreat, here is the tutorial available as a free download.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day weaving projects

Over the past two weeks I have been busily weaving two Mother's Day presents. The first is a 48" triangle shawl for my mother-in-law. It is worked in a simple check pattern in a variegated wool/alpaca blend yarn and a light green wool yarn. Carried throughout the shawl is a nubby rayon yarn that gives a nice texture to the weaving and the twisted fringe.

The second project is a rainbow jacket for my mom. It is made from two 48" triangles sewn together. I used two yarns held together, a rainbow variegated cotton blend and a lt pink/rainbow ribbon yarn with gold lurex. I wasn't sure how the colors would work together, I thought it might be too garish. But in the end I think the effect is a nice pastel rainbow. I used a smooth orange cotton yarn to work a crocheted edging that finishes the edges and tacks down the triangle shaped cuffs.