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.
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.
- 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.