JC23 Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-Cord!) with Franklin Habit
Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter Jacquard. We’ll work charted garter Jacquard patterns and also explore other fun techniques that play well with this fabric: I-cord edgings, and “afterthought” openings created by cutting into the knitting. Proficiency Level: Fluency in basic knitting techniques, including working from color charts. Homework: With lighter-colored yarn selected for class and needles to give a firm (not tight) gauge, CO 18 sts. Knit 40 rows, slipping first st of every row as if to purl with yarn in front. Do not bind off. Bring to Class: Yarns: Two balls of smooth worsted-weight yarn (Hikoo Simpliworsted, Cascade 220, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in highly contrasting solid or semi-solid colorways. Wool, alpaca, or blends thereof are recommended. Students unable to handle wool should choose a non-slippery yarn. Needles: For knitting: 1 circular needle, about 24 inches in length; or one pair straight needles, in a size appropriate to give a firm (but not tight) gauge in the yarn selected. (If in doubt, select needles one size smaller than those you would normally use for knitting the yarn you have selected.) For the afterthought opening: three double-pointed needles of a size equal to or slightly smaller than the needles selected for knitting. Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching and charting.
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.