Portuguese Knitting

126 Quincy St.

From 2:30 pm until 5:30 pm

At Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop

126 Quincy St.


Portuguese Knitting with Lisa Ellis ~ $55 + materials

Portuguese knitting, also known as Turkish knitting and Andean knitting, is a smooth, easy and fast technique involving only a flick of the thumb. With minimal hand movement, this style of knitting is ergonomically gentle on your hands and wrists. Portuguese knitting is also an ideal method when working in color since the yarns don’t tangle and there’s less chance of puckering. We begin with a new way to hold our yarn, a simple Portuguese cast-on and then practice both knitting and purling our hat inside out!  We'll also try three variations of Portuguese knitting, one with the yarn tension-ed around the neck, which is the traditional way, then we'll use one knitting pin and finally two knitting pins for a try at color stranding. We'll progress to working in two colors or three colors for the bold knitter (optional) which will have you addicted in no time. Experience level:  Advanced beginner. Must be able to knit in the round and have completed a hat. No color-stranding experience required.

Please bring to class: 150 yards Aran-weight yarn; 50 yards of a contrasting color Aran-weight yarn (optional); US size 8 & 9, 16" circular needles and double-point needles for crown shaping; basic knitting supplies (stitch markers, scissors...). Lisa will supply the patterns.

Imported Portuguese knitting pins will be available for purchase during class for $8 or two for $15 (optional). Min. 3/ Max. 12

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2 thoughts on “Portuguese Knitting

  • numahka Swan Post author

    Thanks Margaret! Our fingers are crossed as well. We’ll keep you posted.
    Stay well,

  • Margaret Betteley

    I just registered despite the fact that it may be cancelled. I love your shop!
    I’ve been knitting Portuguese for three years but need all the extra tips and two color knitting help I can get!
    Fingers crossed it’ll still happen.