Swedish Twined Knitting with Embroidery and Tufting

5th – 8th February 2018

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

Swedish Twined Knitting with Embroidery and Tufting

Learn an ancient Scandinavian knitting technique to create authentically constructed, embroidered and decorated Swedish mittens and mitts using five needles and Swedish Z-spun, pure wool yarn. Twined knitting (or tvåändsstickat) creates characteristically warm garments with
distinctive textural stitch patterns and is an
ideal base for tufting and fringing.

During the course you will explore the history, construction and decoration of this fascinating ancient Swedish knitting technique. Twined knitting – tvåändsstickat or ‘two-ended’ knitting – creates characteristically durable and warm garments with distinctive raised and textural stitch patterns. This technique produces a beautiful, firm, double thick fabric which is perfect for mittens and an ideal base for embroidery, tufting and fringing.

Using 5 needles and Swedish Z-spun, pure wool yarn you will learn a specific, decorative two-colour twined cast on technique, twined knit and purl stitches, ‘O’ stitches, crook stitches and chain paths, working on twined knitted mittens and mitts as you go. You will also have the opportunity to learn all about the simple embroidery stitches, tufted band and fringing techniques traditionally used on twined knitted mittens and you will learn how to plan and apply them to your own twined knitted projects.

Once you have completed the course you will understand how to knit, construct, plan, embroider, tuft and fringe your own twined knitted mittens.