Try Your Hand at Portuguese Knitting - Fri
Friday, October 16, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

As if two methods of knitting weren't enough (English or Continental), now there is a third method gaining popularity. Namely, Portuguese Knitting. There are several benefits of Portuguese knitting. It is an especially good choice for people with joint pains and arthritis because of the minimal movement needed to process the stitches. With practice, (of course) you will find you knit fast faster and your stitches become more uniform. With Portuguese knitting, the purl stitch is actually the easier of the two stitches, strange but true! When you knit via the Portuguese method, the holding of the needles is the same. What's different is that you tension the yarn around your neck or through a knitting pin on your shoulder while running the yarn around a finger of your right hand. Learn how to tension your yarn using this method. Then learn how to purl, knit, ribbing, basic lace, increases, and decreases all in the Portuguese style.

Pam Grushkin
Session Type
Knitting Workshops
Session Pic 1
Cast on, bind off, knit, and purl.
Homework Required?
Comparing your current method of knitting to knitting Portuguese style can be a real eye opener. Using your (current) knitting method, knit the following swatch.

Cast on 20 sts
Knit 4 rows.
Row 1: K.
Row 2: K2, purl to last 3 sts, k2.

Rep rows 1 & 2 for 10 rows.

Knit 4 rows.

Bind off.
I will provide a handout.
Supplies Students Need
Approximately 75 yards of #4 yarn (worsted weight), US 6/4.0mm to US 8/5.0mm needles (straight or circular depending on your preference).

Optional Portuguese Knitting Pin (magnet, clip, or necklace) available from Jill's Beaded Knit Bits,