JC19 Looping Back
with Jolie Elder
Making a loop, knitting with part of it, and then tightening it is a peculiar technique that lends itself to some unusual applications. You can bind off on both ends of the same row to preserve symmetry. You can also add modules — intarsia or entrelac — in a way that is seamless and elegant. You can adds beads in a unique way that is both more secure and prevents them from sliding around. These are all various applications of Rick Mondragon’s sliding loop/modular intarsia technique. Skill level: Advanced Prerequisite: Should already have experience with intarsia and entrelac (a swatch from a class is fine) and should already know how to trap/carry a yarn in Fair Isle knitting. Homework: Using three different colors of yarn, cast on 30 stitches (10 sequentially in each color) and work three vertical columns of stripes 10 stitches wide in intarsia for about 10 rows. Bind off the middle block but leave the other two live. We’ll be observing the structure of intarsia by unraveling some of this in class, so feel free to use leftover scrap yarn. Supplies: Class yarn (smooth, non-splitting, light or bright or medium color) in a couple colors, needles to work that yarn, small crochet hook for beading, beads that will fit on the class yarn. I will bring pony beads for students who don’t have spare scrap beads.
About the instructor: Jolie Elder has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. Her formal education includes a B.A. in art and a M.A. in art history from Penn State, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Michigan. She designs, teaches, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She is a past president of both Atlanta Knitting Guild and North Georgia
Knitting Guild, and is currently active with Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance and Center for Knit and Crochet. Her published patterns accentuate geometric structure and feature meticulous techniques. She blogs her knitting experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and posts on Ravelry as “Jolie.”