xx-Sold Out-xx K13 Carved in Wool: Bavarian Twisted Stitch with Franklin Habit

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair Office

The intriguing traveling stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of “Bäuerliches Stricken” – “Peasant Knitting” – but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. We will study and practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique, and also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded. Skill level: Intermediate. Pre-requisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. A willingness to work from charts. Prior familiarity with working from charted patterns will be helpful but is not required. Maximum number of students: 15. Students should bring: Yarn – One ball of any smooth (non-fuzzy), firmly spun yarn in dk or worsted weight (for example: HiKoo Simpliworsted, Dale Baby Ull, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted) in white or a light solid or semi-solid color. Needles – One 16-inch circular needle in a size that will give you a firm gauge with the yarn you select. Feel free to bring a few needle sizes as you may wish to experiment in class. Please note that needles with sharp tips, whether wood or metal, will be extremely helpful! Notions – It is also expected that students will have with them the usual notions basic to knitting: scissors, tapestry needle, a selection of stitch markers, etc. Other – Notebook and pen or pencil for making notes. Homework: None.

Class Code: K13 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: None.

Franklin Habit is a designer, teacher, author and illustrator. He is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008) and I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book (Soho Publishing, 2016). His ongoing “Dolores Van Hoofen” collaboration with WEBS, based his wildly popular series of short stories, is in its second year. He travels constantly to teach knitters 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, 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. 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.

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