Stranded Knitting: Unlocking the Secret of Locked Floats
Friday, January 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Color, Tips & Techniques
Ever looked at the “wrong side” of a stranded, hand-knit garment and see no floats? Do you wonder what was done to hide those floats and make it so beautifully finished? The answer may very well be what some refer to as Armenian knitting, or what I call “Locked Floats.” The technique is simple and creates a wonderfully even fabric. In this class, we will first review how to carry floats across the back of the work (traditional), and then learn this simple technique that results in a beautifully woven “wrong side.” We will address increasing and decreasing in pattern and cover tricks that help to make projects look more polished. You’ll leave with a good understanding of how to work this technique, along with a series of swatches you’ll be able to use for future reference.
Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; easy colorwork
Supplies to Bring:
One skein each of two colors of worsted-weight yarn (solid color, wool yarns, with medium to high contrast work best); appropriately sized circular knitting needles (bring a few different sizes or an interchangeable needle set); ruler; stitch markers; note-taking materials; sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart; knitting bag filled with supplies.
Materials Fee (to Be Paid Directly to the Teacher):