I went to a worksop.
Last Sunday morning, Slater Mill offered a Double Knitting workshop, taught by Alasdair Post-Quinn. Terrific workshop! It was only 3 hours, barely enough time to cover the basics. I found myself wishing it were longer.
If you aren't sure what double knitting is, think back to the old Starsky and Hutch show. Starsky had a big Mexican knit sweater that I am fairly certain was double knit. If his wasn't, certainly others that are similar are.
~photo from Mexchic~
Sometime in the 80's, while traveling during a cold rainy season in the mountains along the Guatemalan border, I bought one for myself. It wasn't really at all like his. It had a much more inticate design, one that I puzzled over for all the years that I had it. The inside and outside were the same pattern, but in reverse tri-coloring.
Here's what we did..
My edges aren't very good and my stitches are uneven. But, I am very pleased. I tried holding my yarn as if to throw and found that was not only very slow, but also very awkward. Then, thinking that it made the most sense to hold both strands in one hand, I tried kniting continental style. It was better, still slow and awkward on the first couple stitches. My very 'sticky' coarse yarn made it worse. I'll give this method another try eventually. Finally, I used combination knitting, one color in each hand, as if to do colorwork. That for me, was the method that felt right. I was faster and my stitches improved.
The bind off..