I sat in on a couple classes at Virtual VKLive this weekend. I enjoyed them both!
The first was Lucy Neatby’s 2 color double knitting in the round. I originally took this class in 2017 at Madrona, but I never did anything with it. Time for a refresher! I re-learned how it works, and several different ways to manage 2 yarns. It was fun, but it still doesn’t speak to me like brioche does.
I also sat in on Franklin Habit’s mosaic knitting class. I’ve done lots of slip stitch knitting before (most recently Half the Knit Sky), but not actual mosaic knitting, as defined by Barbara Walker. I learned a bit about how to chart mosaic knitting, and considered playing with different textures. All garter stitch? Garter on stockinette background? Stockinette on garter background? My personal preference is garter on a stockinette background, like in Half the Knit Sky and my Dotty Cowl and Dotty Cake hat.
I don’t love the waffle weave look of all garter stitch mosaic. And that’s when I realized…my Dissent Cowl is garter stitch mosaic. The waffle texture is most noticeable on the dot pattern at the beginning. But the collar portion is so iconic, it doesn’t come off as mosaic garter stitch. Well played.
The cowl is coming along nicely. It’s pretty intuitive knitting. I adjusted it to make it smaller, and the neck a little shorter. We’ll see how that turns out over all, soon. You know, of course, this just makes me want to knit a second one, with more modifications, but I don’t think I want to invest that much more time. So many things to knit!
What’s on your needles? I have this and Rio Calina, and maybe mitts to go with the Deep End Hat. I’m not feeling too excited about the mitts right now. I’m not sure I want mitts at this gauge? Would a cowl be more compelling? You couldn’t wear it with the hat (too much all together around your head/neck), but it would be a nice option for those who don’t wear hats. What do you think?
I took the exact same 2 classes in August for VGL! I agree with you about the double knitting class vs brioche
Isn’t it great that there are so many techniques for us to explore, and we get to pick the ones we like?!
You see,Michele, that’s what comes of being so damned good at what you do – decisions, decisions .. [grin]
Lucky for me, it all shakes out according to what I feel like knitting! Now thinking of a brioche shawl idea, just mulling it over in my head while I knit…another mindless Dissent Cowl, modifying for what *I* like!
Glad you were able to sit in on some classes – it really is fun! I gave it a miss this month after attending all the others. I will definitely keep attending, but it can’t be every month 🙂 I agree about the double knitting – it’s interesting and you can definitely do nifty stuff with it, but I’m mostly meh about it. Brioche is a much more interesting technique!
I skipped teaching at VKL in September; it was birthday/anniversary month! Back at it, now.
Dreaming up a new idea in brioche…we’ll see if it pans out. First I have to check to see if there’s suitable yarn in the stash!
Looking forward to see what you come up with!