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(Fees payable in cash to the teacher in class.)
NO SKILLS REQUIRED No previous experience in the craft is required.
EASY You should know the basics of the craft and have made at least one project.
INTERMEDIATE You should be comfortable with the craft and ready to learn something new.
ADVANCED You should have made several projects and should be comfortable making minor changes to patterns. Advanced is fun and challenging for thinking crafters.
Designer, teacher, author and illustrator Franklin Habit is the author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons (Interweave Press, 2008). His newest 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.
Franklinâ€™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 â€śFridays with Franklinâ€ť 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 (presently on hiatus), 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.
For more about Franklin go to franklinhabit.com, @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page at facebook.com/fhabit
STITCHES East 2013 Classes
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm SOLD OUT
692-3 Intermediate Garter Jacquard: Garter Stitch Gone Wild
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. Weâ€™ll work charted garter jacquard patterns both flat and in the round, look at possible applications for it in sock knitting, and perhaps even chart our own patterns to play with.
Note: Previous experience of stranded (aka jacquard or Fair Isle colorwork) may be helpful, but is not essential.
Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
691-6 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice (Deluxe Edition)
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 begin by discussing the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics. In this expanded, six-hour edition we will also delve into eleven varieties of symmetry, and use them to create striking, original new designs.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting in the round (or, if it is the studentâ€™s preference, speed-swatching or flat stranded colorwork). Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it. A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am SOLD OUT
235-3 Intermediate Snip and Zip: Steeks and Zippers
This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations: the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers. These techniques are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.
Materials fee: $5
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting in the round and fluency in stranded two-color work (i.e., Fair Isle Knitting).
STITCHES East 2013 ETC Classes
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Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ETC Intermediate Lace Unlocked
In this intensive, two-day exploration of knitted lace, weâ€™ll discuss (and practice) each aspect of its creation, including: the history of lace knitting and its development in different times and places, the choice of materials, the structure of knitted lace fabric, the creation of stitch motifs, and methods for planning new designs. If you have enjoyed working from lace patterns but only dreamed of creating your own, or if you love lace and would like to understand what lies beneath the pretty surface, Lace Unlocked is for you.
Note: This is not a learn-to-knit-lace class; students must be fluent in lace knitting, including reading and working from lace charts.
This class is also available as an ETC Combo which includes:
15 hours of classes
Opening Day and Luncheon
Fashion Show and Dinner
Student Banquet and Style Show