JC22 Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice with Franklin Habit

A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are as old and pervasive as design itself; they can be found in some of the most ancient examples of human craft, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher. In this class, we will discuss the theories behind tessellating, and then put into practice the basic techniques for creating tessellated shapes that can be used for knitting. Proficiency Level: Students are offered the choice of swatching in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it as the technique is not taught in this class. The method used for swatching is the student’s choice: in the round, flat, or speed-swatching are all suitable. Whichever method is selected, the student should be adept at it as swatching techniques are not taught in class. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised. Homework: Get a good night’s sleep. Bring to Class: Yarn: Choose solid or semi-solid colors with little or no halo/fuzz to obscure visibility or make ripping back difficult. Two balls in highly contrasting colors if you wish to work in stranded colorwork; one ball if you choose to work in knit/purl texture patterns. (If the latter, white or a light solid color is preferred.) Needles: Select needles (preferably circular) of a size appropriate to the yarn(s) selected, according to your preferred method for swatching (see pre-requisites, above). Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching, charting, and note-taking. A roll of cellophane (e.g., Scotch) tape. Two or more 8.5×11 sheets of graph paper ruled in squares at 4 squares/inch. This paper is easily procured from shops or can be printed, free, from many online sources.

Class fee: $50.
Materials fee: None.

Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His new book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in its second printing. He travels constantly to teach knitters at shops and guilds across the country and internationally; and has been a popular member of the faculties of such festivals as Vogue Knitting Live!, STITCHES Events, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, Squam Arts Workshops, Sock Summit, and the Taos Wool Festival. Franklin’s varied experience in the fiber world includes contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork, Twist Collective; and regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns, and his popular “Fridays with Franklin” feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com. He first became known as the writer of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet. Readers worldwide continue to drop in for a mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep. Franklin lives in Chicago, Illinois, cohabiting shamelessly with 15,000 books, a Schacht spinning wheel, three looms, and a colony of yarn that multiplies whenever his back is turned. You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.

2017 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to Britt Silkey of Frostburg, MD for her winning entry in the 2017 Cover Art Competition.

Britt’s winning artwork will be unveiled in mid-March.

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