12th – 14th February 2017

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

Swedish Crochet:
An Introduction to Crochet Nålbindning and Smygmask Virkning

Learn ancient Scandinavian crochet techniques for creating woollen textiles using a single hook and Swedish pure wool yarns.

During the course you will explore the history and construction of ancient, traditional Swedish mittens and socks. We will concentrate on the recently discovered Swedish crochet nålbindning technique – this is a form of nålbindning that is equally ancient but rather than using a single needle, uses a single hook. In the last few years the Nordic Museum in Stockholm has acknowledged Crochet nålbindning as a ‘new’ discovery and an authentic technique. It is easier and quicker to work than nålbindning with a single needle and, with a basic understanding of crochet, it is easily learned – this really is an exciting opportunity to learn a ‘new’ technique that is little known (if at all), outside of Sweden.

You will also have the opportunity to learn all about smygmask virkning (also know as shepherds or tapestry crochet), using a special flat and wide crochet hook called a sked krok. This is an equally ancient slip stitch crochet technique used to give a distinctively firm, colourful and decorative edging for traditional mittens, socks and sweaters.

This course would be ideal for the intermediate 
crocheter who has either taken a related course or has some
 existing skills as you will need to be able to crochet
 confidently and ideally be able to 
crochet in the round. Once you have completed the course you will understand how to plan, crochet and decorate your own traditional mittens.