Traditional Folk Knitting: The Cowichan Sweater* -  ()
 Traditional Folk Knitting: The Cowichan Sweater* -  ()
 Traditional Folk Knitting: The Cowichan Sweater* -  ()

Traditional Folk Knitting: The Cowichan Sweater*


On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Coast Salish people developed this V-necked, shawl-collared garment after learning the art of knitting through the Europeans. The Salish preferred motifs that reflected the natural world (whales, birds, etc.) as well as geometric motifs. The sweaters, still handspun by some people, are knitted flat on double pointed needles with thick singles yarns in 2 or 3 colors. This class will cover working with colors (on the right side and the wrong side), weaving on both sides of the work, reading a chart, a traditional shoulder join, creating a shawl collar shaped with short rows, and knitting sleeves from the top down while shaping the cap.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Beth Brown Reinsel
Date: Saturday and Sunday, 1/27, 1/28/2018
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm

Materials Required:

  • Main color yarn (A): 3 oz. (85g) smooth-textured worsted weight yarn (preferably wool)
  • Two contrast colors (B and C): 2 oz. (57g) each smooth-textured worsted weight yarn (preferably wool)
  • Note about yarns: This garment was traditionally made in natural colors such as cream, light or dark grey, light or dark brown, with bulky single ply yarns. While you are welcome to use other yarns, we suggest Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted weight yarns for the closest approximation to the original. Keep in mind that each of the colors should contrast. If they are too close in value, the motifs won't show.
  • US size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles and 16" (40cm) circular needle (If you prefer, you may use the Magic Loop or 2 circular needle method when working the sleeves in the round)
  • Knit and Crochet Tool Kit
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle and thread in a color close to color A
  • Sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart
  • Pencil and eraser to draw in the motifs on the chart, if you'd like to design your own sampler.
  • OPTIONAL: Students may purchase specially ordered zippers for $3 in class, to sew into the sweater.

When possible, please buy your materials from WEBS.

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