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Franklin Habit

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A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting without Tapes and Rulers with Franklin Habit
A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast-on to finished garment using neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human body–and of the knitting itself–to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit. In this class–part lecture, part practice–students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, you’ll need a tape measure…but not for long.

Yarns: One ball of smooth worsted-weight yarn (Cascade 220, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in white or a light solid or semi-solid colorway, about 250-275 yards.

Needles: For knitting: 1 circular needle, about 16 inches in length; or one pair straight needles, in a size appropriate to give a firm (but not tight) gauge in the yarn selected. (Students who dislike working in the round on circulars may elect to use equivalent double-pointed needles.)

Notions: Flexible tape measure, stitch markers, scissors, notebook or blank paper, pencils (recommended over pens) and erasers for sketching and charting.