Intro to Portuguese Knitting
Leader: James Wescott Small
Here’s your chance to learn a different style of knitting – it’s not English/throwing or Continental/picking, but its own thing! Maybe it’ll become your primary knitting style, maybe you’ll incorporate it into some projects, or maybe you’ll try it and really dislike it – only one way to find out! I intend to teach yarn tensioning, the purl stitch, knit stitch, and making yarnovers. If time allows, I’ll also teach the Portuguese cast-on and bind-off. This knitting style is quite old, possibly the oldest, and is actually much more common in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean than it is in Portugal. It decouples yarn tensioning from stitch formation, and uses the larger muscles in your thumb to form the stitches.
Please come with an in-progress swatch of at least 20 stitches that you’ve knit in stockinette or garter for a couple rows. Ideally using a light-colored worsted-weight wool (not super wash), and short wood needles that are a different color than your yarn. We can make do with whatever needles and yarn you’re able to bring, but I think the ideal I described will make it easiest.
Location: Sun Porch
Max Participants: 6