“Addicting,” “intoxicating,” and “exciting” are just some of the words knitters use to describe swing knitting. It seems that no other method of traditional knitting techniques allows you to be as creative as this short row method. And once you know how to do this – and believe me, any hand knitter can do this – you can make fabrics “come alive” to create colorful, artistic yarn in motion.
The originator of this technique, Gabriele Kluge, encourages her students to create works of art that are original and unique both as gallery art and in the form of clothing. Since I learned how to do this, I’ve been amazed by how every yarn skein morphs into new organic forms as they are unraveled into unique patterns. So whether you are stopping by just to check out some of my work, or are ready to try your first pattern, or are looking to sign up for one of my classes, welcome! I hope your visit is extraordinary.
"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." - Sophia Loren
One “look” was all it took to hook Brigitte. “Oh my gosh! I’ve got to know how to do this!” was her knee-jerk reaction when she first saw an example of Strickrausch, a German short row technique. Curious and inspired, in 2010 she took an eight-week online course, and soon after, traveled to Germany to meet and learn from Gabriele Kluge, the creator of this technique, in-person.
After coming back to the States and putting several kilometers of yarn on the needles, Karin Skacel of Skacel Collection, Inc. asked Brigitte to introduce the German short row technique at the National NeedleArts Association’s event in 2012. Since then, Brigitte has been designing and teaching Swing-Knitting™, the name given by Heidrun Liegman from coast-to-coast at national events and yarn shops. She has created patterns for Knitters Magazine, Skacel, and others while being invited to design for Lion Brand, Crystal Palace, Jul, and others.