Swedish Twined Socks

Swedish Twined Socks

Beth Brown-Reinsel

Saturday All Day

Students will learn the Swedish technique of Tvåändsstickning, or twined knitting, by knitting a small sock, using worsted weight yarn. Twined knitting is worked with two yarns of the same color, twined around each other, and creates a warmer, denser fabric than conventional stranded knitting. The sock is worked circularly on double-pointed needles and includes many techniques: a twined knitting cast-on, twined knitting and purling, reading and working from a twined knitting chart, the "O" stitch, Chain Path, a traditional motif for the foot, shaping the toe, and working an unusual method for an afterthought heel.

Skill level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars or Magic Loop. Ability to knit English style is strongly suggested.

Material Fee: $2: A 15 page handout in color.


Student Supplies:
• Needles: One set 6" or 8" long /15 to 20 cm (or shorter) dpns: US size 6 or 7 / 4 or 4.5 mm; a crochet hook, size D or E /3.25 or 3.5 mm
• Yarns: NO SINGLE PLY YARNS! One skein (about 2 to 3 oz./ 50 to 80g for a pair) lightcolored smooth-textured, plied, worsted weight yarn, (MC) must be wound as a center pull ball; plus 1 oz./28 g of contrasting color yarn for the cast-on (CC). Red was traditional, but whatever you like is fine. (Heathers and fuzzy yarns obscure the patterns.)
• Extras: Tapestry needle and st marker, magnetic board, highlighter tape, or sticky notes for keeping one's place on the chart.

Homework: Main color yarn must be wound into center-pull ball. Find both ends before class.