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Ladderback Jacquard Knitting (March 4th) with Elspeth Vance


Have you struggled with carrying your floats long distances? Ladderback Jacquard is a technique of creating a secondary mesh with the traveling yarn behind the dominant yarn of your colorwork pattern, simultaneously. This method aids in maintaining proper tension and solves the problem of tacking down floats which are often visible from the right side of the work. With a few simple tricks ladderback knitting will open up new possibilities of what is possible to knit with two colors, both in the round and back and forth. 

In this class students will work from a chart to learn the fundamentals of ladderback jacquard knitting. 

Class Time

Saturday, March 4th from 10 am - 12 pm

Materials (Not included)

  • 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn in contrasting colors 
  • US 7/4.5 mm or US 8/5 mm circular needles 


Students must be comfortable knitting and purling.


Elspeth Vance is a fiber artist and textile designer, living and working in Portland OR. Under the umbrella of her brand, Noctiluca, she knits one-of-a-kind garments and home goods by hand on two needles. Her designs investigate various textile structures and seek to uncover their commonalities; how is weaving like knitting? Or knot tying like weaving? These explorations have led her to reinterpret historic weave drafts into charted knitting patterns, a delightful marriage of her most beloved textile practices.

Cancellation Policy

Classes require a minimum of 3 students. An emailed notification of cancellation will be sent 2 days before the class if the minimum is not met. In the case of shop cancellation, all registered students will be refunded the class fee. Any additional fees including materials and the shipping of materials are non-refundable. Student cancellations, missed classes or no-shows can not be refunded, exchanged or transferred.


**Photo courtesy of Ysolda Teague**

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