During this class we will embark on an exploration of knitwear construction, drawing inspiration from Natasja’s designs. Natasja will take you through various construction methods, providing a window into the thought process behind the choices made for her designs. You’ll gain an understanding of why specific construction techniques were chosen, and you’ll uncover the advantages and limitations of working top-down, bottom-up, sideways, on the bias, and more.
In the hands-on part of the class, we will practice the magical two-sided provisional cast on, that was used for Natasja’s Letho cardigan and Maeron sweater. This ingenious method allows you to knit a sweater sideways in one seamless piece, eliminating the need for any sewing. Additionally, you’ll explore an alternative 3-needle bind-off, as featured in the D’Aisi and the Maeron sweater. This bind-off technique results in a flawlessly flat seam when joining two pieces of knitting, giving your projects a professional and polished finish.
Yarn: DK weight yarn, approx 200 meters and approx 5 meters of a smooth DK weight yarn (cotton would be ideal).
Needles: Two pairs of 4 mm knitting needles (straight or circular), a circular 4mm needle with a length of 40 cm, a circular 4mm needle with a length of 80cm , a spare 3mm needle (double pointed, straight or circular), and a larger crochet hook 4-5 mm.
Preparations for class
- On the 4mm circular needle (length 40 cm) CO 80 sts. Place beginning of round marker, and join to work in the round. Knit 6 rounds.
- On the straight or circular 4mm needles, CO 20 sts. Knit 3 rows. Next, work 4 rows in Stocking Stitch. Repeat the instructions on another needle, so you have 2 pieces of knitting on two separate needles.