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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.
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 United 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
6091 Intermediate Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice
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.
We will discuss the theories behind tessellating, and put into practice the basic techniques for designing new tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabrics.
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.
Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2077 Easy X Marks the Swatch: Knitted Embroidery Over Waste Canvas (with guest star Duplicate Stitch)
Waste canvas is an inexpensive, readily available material that turns almost any knitted fabric into a suitable ground for cross-stitch embroidery. It then disappears when the stitches are finished, leaving behind a beautifully embellished piece of knitting. In this introductory-level class, we'll learn how to trim and mount the canvas; then how to follow and work a cross-stitch chart over it using knitting yarns. If you've never tried cross stitch before, no problem, cross stitch is one of the best ways to try your hand at decoration with a single, sharp needle. In addition, we'll learn briefly about duplicate stitch (aka Swiss darning), and discuss how and when to use one, the other-or both!
Materials fee: $5 for canvas, embroidery needle, and other special materials needed.
Thursday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
No skills required Ripping Yarns: Ancient Customs, Myths, and Legends of the Fiber Arts
What would the village wise woman advise you to do when you canâ€™t find your good scissors? What fate does it portend if you tangle silk and wool yarns in the same knitting bag? Is there a core of sinister truth to the schoolyard rhyme about Little Maryâ€™s Scary Cardigan?
If youâ€™ve ever asked yourself these questionsâ€”or if they ring a dim bell in the dusty corners of your memoryâ€”youâ€™ll want to attend Franklinâ€™s newest lecture, created especially for STITCHES Events and debuting at STITCHES United 2018.
Weâ€™ll delve into age-old superstitions about hooks and needles. Weâ€™ll listen to cautionary legends of weavers, spinners, and other needle workers who tapped into forces beyond their control. And weâ€™ll dare to enter the darker side of knitting and crochet and hunt for the hidden end of the mysterious center-pull ball.
Thrilling and hilarious, â€śRipping Yarnsâ€ť
will make you change the way you think about your favorite pastime.
Donâ€™t miss itâ€”Just be sure to wear your lucky stitch marker.Â
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1044 Intermediate The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop
If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets even though you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you. We'll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric: a method that can even be used to recreate family or school tartans. Then we'll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes: all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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. Through lecture, and 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 measureâ€¦but not for long.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2035 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.
Note: Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting-in-the-round and stranded 2-color work (Fair Isle Knitting).
Materials fee: $5
Saturday 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 Saturday AM. You cannot take one part without the
You must be comfortable knitting from lace charts.