Time: 6 hours
Level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars. Ability to knit English style is strongly suggested.
Students will learn the Swedish technique of tvåänstickning, or twined knitting, by knitting a small sock, using worsted weight yarn. Twined knitting is worked with two yarns of the same color, twined around each other, and creates a warmer, denser fabric than conventional stranded knitting. The sock is worked circularly on double pointed needles and includes many techniques: three twined knitting cast-ons, reading and working from a chart, the “O” stitch, Chain Path, a traditional motif for the leg, shaping the toe, and working an unusual method for an afterthought heel.
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!
2-3 oz light colored worsted weight yarn (must be wound as a center-pull ball).
About 1 oz. of the same weight of yarn as the sock yarn above, of a contrasting color for accent (red was traditional, but whatever you like is fine).
One set of 7″ long (approximately) double pointed needles, size 6 (4mm)
A crochet hook, size D or E
- Extras: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn for holding stitches, magnetic board or sticky notes for keeping one’s place on the chart.
Wind your yarn into a center-pull ball and find both ends before class.