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Franklin Habit
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.

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 (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 West 2017 Classes
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Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight only Follow Your Bunny:
The Creative Life from A to Q

If you’re coming to Stitches West, you already know the joy of creating beautiful and useful things by hand. But is it possible to overdo it? What if your creative well runs dry? What if you find yourself up to your elbows in yarn, utterly bereft of the urge to cast on?

Author, designer, and long-time Stitches instructor Franklin Habit invites you to take a lavishly illustrated, rollicking backstage tour of the creative process, drawing upon on the coffee-and-chocolate-soaked wisdom and tears of folks whose lives depend upon the needle and the hook, the spindle and the loom. Gaze upon wonders seldom exhibited for public view, from the Couch of Despair to the Bathtub of Revelation to the terrifying Deadline That Just Wouldn’t Die.

Franklin’s stories will help and inspire you to keep your own creativity fresh and vibrant; to throw off the shackles of negativity; and to expand your horizons as a maker without fear or hesitation.

Be forewarned, though…
making pretty things isn’t always pretty.

Are you planning to attend the Teachers a al Carte Luncheon, too? Purchase the Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon option and save.
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm     SOLD OUT
No skills required Opening Day Spotlight and Luncheon Follow Your Bunny:
The Creative Life from A to Q

If you’re coming to Stitches West, you already know the joy of creating beautiful and useful things by hand. But is it possible to overdo it? What if your creative well runs dry? What if you find yourself up to your elbows in yarn, utterly bereft of the urge to cast on?

Author, designer, and long-time Stitches instructor Franklin Habit invites you to take a lavishly illustrated, rollicking backstage tour of the creative process, drawing upon on the coffee-and-chocolate-soaked wisdom and tears of folks whose lives depend upon the needle and the hook, the spindle and the loom. Gaze upon wonders seldom exhibited for public view, from the Couch of Despair to the Bathtub of Revelation to the terrifying Deadline That Just Wouldn’t Die.

Franklin’s stories will help and inspire you to keep your own creativity fresh and vibrant; to throw off the shackles of negativity; and to expand your horizons as a maker without fear or hesitation.

Be forewarned, though…
making pretty things isn’t always pretty.


Then, join us for lunch teachers a la Carte stye.
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Friday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
5270 Intermediate A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting without Tapes and Rulers 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.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6124-2 Easy Weave the Center, Knit the Edge: The Ligeia Stole Workshop (Part 2) The Ligeia Stole brings together two ancient arts—weaving and knitting—to create a finished piece that's both striking and elegant. In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps, from weaving and joining the beautifully patterned elements of the pin-woven center; through the knitting-on of the matched lace edging. You won't believe how simple the tools and techniques are, and how quickly your own treasured stole will come together. No previous weaving experience is required!
Note: This is a two-part class, you must also sign up for 6124-1 with John Mullarkey on Friday AM. You cannot take one part without the other.
You must be comfortable knitting from lace charts.
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Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6091 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 student’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.
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Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
6129 Intermediate Carved in Wool: Bavarian Twisted Stitch The intriguing twisted stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of "Bayerisches 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.
Prerequisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. Prior familiarity and comfort with working from charted patterns will be helpful.
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Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
3065 Intermediate Working with Antique Patterns Don't let the tiny type and archaic language fool you — there's a gold mine of beautiful, functional designs waiting to be discovered within the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines. In this session, we'll discuss the history of patterns; the selection of appropriate yarn and needles; methods for deciphering and trouble shooting, and 'reverse engineering' from photographs and pieces. You don't need to be a historian or re-enactor to enjoy this class — just a knitter with a curious mind.



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