Bavarian Twisted Stitches: Projects & Techniques
Want to knit breathtaking twisted and traveling stitches without a cable needle? Designer Donna Druchunas is here to show you how, using traditional Bavarian methods that give you more dimension and freedom. During class, Donna will teach you how to cross stitches over one another for patterns full of fantastic texture. You'll begin with an easy-to-follow breakdown of charts and symbols. Then, explore single-stitch crossings, wider crossings and even more complex maneuvers you're sure to love. Plus, you'll discover timeless embroidered embellishments, must-have finishing techniques and a class hat project that's perfect for honing your skills.
Donna is an expert on ethnic patterns and techniques and is the author of six books, including "Arctic Lace." She teaches workshops around the world on topics such as rug knitting, spinning and dyeing, Lithuanian socks, Japanese sweaters and Norwegian pullovers. Donna lives in a 150-year-old New England farmhouse with her husband, mother and three cats, who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet author and knitting expert Donna Druchunas as she introduces you to beautiful examples of Bavarian twisted-stitch knitting, including the hat design you'll find in your class materials. Then, learn about the best yarn and needles to use and what Donna means by a "twisted stitch."
Donna demystifies charts by showing you how twisted and traveling stitches are notated. You'll also work twisted knit stitches and twisted purl stitches on swatches -- a great way to build your foundation for stunning patternwork.
Follow along with Donna as she shows how to move stitches over each other on the needle, making knit-over-knit twists and knit-over-purl twists. These maneuvers create the texture and graceful lines that are characteristic of this timeless knitting style.
In Bavarian twisted-stitch knitting, you're not limited to moving stitches over just one stitch. Donna shows you how to make wider stitch maneuvers, moving two knits over two knits or over one purl to expand the possibilities for your patterns and projects. Then follow along as Donna shows several ways to fix mistakes in your twisted-stitch knitting.
Donna introduces even bigger possibilities by demonstrating some complex stitch maneuvers step by approachable step. You'll see how to read charts for these maneuvers and learn more about using twisted-stitch techniques on a piece that's knit flat.
Learn to add traditional Tyrolean-style embroidery embellishments for the featured hat. Then, follow along for help weaving in the ends of this stretchy knitting style and blocking your work to keep its shape and texture.