21st – 24th November 2016

West Dean College
West Dean, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ
Telephone: +44 (0)1243 811301

Northern Knits: Folk Knitting Techniques for Garments

Learn some of the stunningly colourful and original techniques frequently used in Northern folk hand knits, using beautiful and authentic Nordic knitting wool.

During the course you will explore the history and construction of traditional knitted garments such as the black and white Norwegian Lusekofte, the traditional Fair Isle sweater and the classic yoked Icelandic Lopi.

We will concentrate on the specific techniques of knitting in the round and using stranded and Fair Isle methods for creating patterned colour work, and we will also be tackling the uniquely northern technique of ‘steeking’ – cutting! – your knitting to create openings and armholes.

Alongside knitted samples you will be encouraged to knit ‘mini’ garments – these will enable you to put your new found talents into immediate use!

You will also have the opportunity to learn all about the basics of the unique Swedish knitting technique tvåändsstickat – two ended, or twined knitting, which creates a distinctively firm, warm and durable fabric.

This course would be ideal for the intermediate knitter who has either taken a related course or has some existing skills as you will need to be able to knit confidently in stocking stitch and ideally be able to knit in the round with 5 double pointed needles. Once you have completed the course you will understand how to plan, knit and cut your very own Nordic knits!