Swing-Knitting Workshop 1 - Swingy Wristlet
This is the first of three workshops about the technique of Swing-Knitting.
Swing-Knitting is a special practice of short row knitting – a very old technique. But we will use it to form a very special design, a unique look.
Why is it called Swing-Knitting?
Well, that’s because Swing-Knitting “swings“ – it’s like knitting music! You knit with only one color at a time, and your “knitting melody” gives the beat. You knit “stanzas” – defined nitted areas. This kind of knitting is at the same time exciting and relaxing – it just “swings”!
As the musical Swing is a living, dynamic, rhythmic music, Swing-Knitting is also dynamic and rhythmic. And as Swing enriched Jazz with its intuitiveness, its dancebility and its full sound, so Swing-Knitting does to knitting: it’s lively and creates harmonious patterns. And if you have learned the basics, it’s quite easy to perform.
Like instruments in a Big Band, the stanzas of the whole knitting swing together: they seem to move with each other, side by side, one upon the other. And even the keenest knitter won’t see at once how you have worked THIS pattern!
The original workshop is in German, but finally my translation is finished - I hope you’ll forgive me some grammar or spelling mistakes! I’ll be very thankful for corrections and send you updates by email.
This workshop 1 is 40 pages long. In a very detailed way using 21 colored pictures, it will teach you the first part of the Swing-Knitting basics – and you learn this while swing-knitting Swingy Wristlets.
What you will learn in workshop 1:
• Theory of Swing-Knitting: basic knowledge and vocabulary
• Knitting techniques basic to Swing-Knitting
• How to build a “dark stanza” and “pause”
• Composition of the Swingy Wristlets
• How to knit dark stanzas and pauses
• Provisional casting on by crocheting around the knitting needle
• Sewing together with kitchener stitch
In Workshop 2 we swing-knit a Swingy Slouch Hat with another portion of theory and knitting practice. It is online as well, in English and in German.
Workshop 3 with a very detailed and understandable description of the remaining theoretical and practical elements of Swing-Knitting will be online by Christmas, I hope, as well in German as in English. By swing-knitting a shawl, you’ll easily learn swinging with the combination of light and dark stanzas.
The three workshops are consecutive, and you’ll have to work through them one after the other in order to understand all the secrets of Swing-Knitting.
After finishing workshop 3, you’ll know all the basics of Swing-Knitting, and you’ll be able to use this wonderful technique by yourself, designing your own pieces of knitted art.
For more information, see: http://www.swing-knitting.com.