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Bavarian Twisted Stitches: Projects & Techniques

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Item # 15069768
Instructor : Donna Druchunas
$39.99 $24.99
Skill Level 3 : Proven experience
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.  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. More
Knit unique traveling cable designs without a cable needle. Learn texture-rich, modern twists on traditional Bavarian techniques.

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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.
 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.
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   Donna Druchunas

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

1 . Yarn and needles for practice swatches
2 . FOR THE BAVARIAN GARDEN HAT
3 . Sport-weight yarn in four colors. Donna uses two skeins of Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport (100% wool; 50g/184yds per skein) in one color, plus 4-10 yards/meters in three contrasting colors for embroidery.
4 . US Size 2 (2.75 mm) circular needles 16" (40 cm) long
5 . US Size 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles 
6 . OR or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for magic loop
7 . Tapestry needle

Lesson Plan: What you Learn

Lesson 1 : Bavarian Knitting Basics
00:17:41

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."

Lesson 2 : Twisted Stitch Fundamentals
00:16:37

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.

Lesson 3 : Single-Stitch Crossings
00:23:00

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.

Lesson 4 : Wider-Stitch Crossings
00:24:21

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.

Lesson 5 : Advanced Pattern Stitches
00:19:24

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.

Lesson 6 : Embroidering & Blocking
00:20:35

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.



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