This year West Dean is hosting a special Nordic Themed Weekend in December and I’m really pleased to be taking part and teaching two workshops – Swedish Nålbindning: The Basics and Northern Knits: Folk Knitting Techniques for Garments.
Nålbindning is a fascinating technique used for creating woollen textiles using only short lengths of natural fibers and a single needle. There are many distinctive stitch structures and regional variations of this Scandinavian technique and during this ‘taster’ day workshop I shall be concentrating on just one classic Swedish Nålbindning method. We will use an authentic Nålbindning needle and Swedish wool yarn to work with.
Northern Knits: Folk Knitting Techniques for Garments is a longer course that is ideally suited to the intermediate and advanced knitter. There will be plenty of time to learn some of the stunning and original techniques frequently used in Northern folk hand knits including; Swedish twined knitting, stranded or Fair Isle patterned colour work, yokes and steeking. Each of these techniques feature in my new book First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting and I will be bringing these new projects along with me so there will be plenty of nordic style knits for you to look at and study.
The photos below are from First Frost and show the steeked arm and neck of the Elsa Sweater, colour work and twined stitch detailing on the Lyyli Project Bag and the distinctive Fia Plotulopi Cardigan yoke.