Swedish Crochet Nålebinding Socks Course

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This is a very special course and a chance to learn a really ancient and almost lost, Scandinavian crochet stitch.

I was fortunate enough to have attended a weekend course this year where I was taught “Crochet Nålebinding” by an expert in Scandinavian textiles, Lucinda Guy. She was very pleased when I asked if I could teach it to my students. Her and the lady that rediscovered the stitch, Ulrika Andersson are very keen to make sure this ancient stitch isn’t lost again!

It’s a really lovely stitch that’s easy to do once you get the hang of it and it creates fabric quite quickly. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

Additionally, you will also get the chance to do a little bit of “Slip Stitch Colour-work” which was often used to decorate traditional Scandinavian accessories.

The socks are quite thick, so they are more of a slipper sock or welly sock than one you’d wear with shoes.

You’ll learn:

  • Crochet Nålebinding stitch
  • Starting off and finishing with Crochet Nålebinding stitch
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Toe-up sock construction
  • After-thought heel
  • Slip stitch colour-work
  • Braided bind off (a very traditional Scandinavian technique)

All of the sock construction techniques can be applied to normal crocheted socks.

mezzzacraft_swedish_nalebinding-6Tools:
3mm hook
3.5mm hook
Pjoning hook (£5 handmade by local woodworker)
Locking stitch markers
Scissors
Darning needle

Materials:
80-100g 2ply Sport weight 100% wool for the main colour (so some of the smaller hanks are fine)
30g each of 3 different colours.

The yarn is a 2ply Sport weight Swedish yarn from Ullecentrum:
http://www.ullcentrum.com/…/y…/wool-yarn/2-ply-sport-weight/

Once tax and shipping is added on, the it’s about £9 a hank.

Group order:
mezzzacraft_swedish_nalebinding-1You can use less than 4 colours but to get the proper Scandinavian effect I wouldn’t recommend going for less than 3 colours.
To save costs, I would suggest ordering one hank of your main colour and then choosing your heel and decorative trim colours from the skeins I already have which I will each split into 3 balls. Unless you’re happy to order 3 or 4 full hanks.

Yarn order deadline:
Monday night, 24th October
PLEASE CHECK YOUR COLOUR CHOICE IS IN STOCK otherwise I will just order the next closest colour(s)
Also, let me know if you need a Pjoning hook so I can make sure enough are made.

 

Course Dates (5 week course):
Tuesday 1st – 29th November 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Course Venue:
Riverhouse Arts Centre
Manor Road
Walton-on-Thames
Surrey
KT12 2PF

 

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