Knitter creates two-colour, double-sided technique

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With its long history, it's widely believed that all knitting techniques have been invented already.

However, this is not the case, as Vicki Twigg, a Brit who currently resides in Chicago, has created a way of using two-colours to form a brand new double-sided way of knitting.

Named the TwiggStitch, she told that after watching someone make a two-colour rib pattern it occurred to her that there may be a neater way to knit that pattern.

"I thought surely there was a way to do it without the (yarn) floats," she explained.

After hours of practice and research she developed a technique which involves knitting only one right-side row at a time.

This differs from double knitting as all the stitches remain on one needle while producing a rib.

Ms Twigg is now currently trying to raise awareness of this innovative way of knitting by travelling to craft fairs and wool shops, while running workshops and tuition.

She has visited many design studios, cafes and stores and is keen to tour other parts of Chicago and further afield to spread the technique.

One such session at Knot Just Knits saw knitting professionals receive a professional lesson from Ms Twigg, which began with showing people how to hold the yarn, then later practicing the actual TwiggStitch.

She told the newspaper that she was aware that the technique would not be to every handknitters taste, however she was enjoying trying something new and all of her pupils have given it their best shot.

"Nobody has failed," Ms Twigg said. "I have seen people who I think, 'This person might not go on after this,' but no…no one has failed."

Most importantly she was keen that everyone was giving the TwiggStitch and hoped that it could inspire people to be creative in inventing their own new knitting techniques.

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