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The intriguing twisted stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of “Bäuerliches Stricken”–“Peasant Knitting”¬–but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. We will study and practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique, and also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded. Pre-requisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. Prior familiarity and comfort with working from charted patterns will be helpful.
Materials (to be provided by students):
One ball of smooth (non-fuzzy), firmly-spun yarn in sport or worsted weight (for example: Hikoo Simpliworsted, Cascade 220, Dale Baby Ull, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted) in white or a light color.
One 16-inch circular needle in a size that will give you a firm gauge with the yarn you select. Please note that needles with sharp tips, whether wood or metal, will be extremely helpful!
Notebook and pen or pencil for making notes.
It is also expected that students will have with them the usual notions basic to knitting: scissors, tapestry needle, a selection of stitch markers, etc.