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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 new book, I Dream of Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book was brought out by Soho Publishing in May, 2016 and is in it's 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, the Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, and the Maryland Sheep and 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, 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.

You can follow him online as @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page.

STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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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 can’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 Mary’s Scary Cardigan?

If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions—or if they ring a dim bell in the dusty corners of your memory—you’ll want to attend Franklin’s newest lecture, created especially for STITCHES Events and debuting at STITCHES Midwest 2018.

We’ll delve into age-old superstitions about hooks and needles. We’ll listen to cautionary legends of weavers, spinners, and other needle workers who tapped into forces beyond their control. And we’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, “Ripping Yarns” will make you change the way you think about your favorite pastime.

Don’t miss it—Just be sure to wear your lucky stitch marker. 
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1043 Intermediate Artfully Agitated Stripes: An Introduction to Mosaic Knitting At first glance, Mosaic Knitting looks like garden variety stranded color work–but it's not. Mosaic patterns are really two-row stripes, joggled here and there with slipped stitches. The result? Beautiful designs and intriguing fabrics in stockinette, garter stitch, and hybrids thereof. And amazingly–you'll never knit with more than one color in a row. Want to find out how it works, and how to design your own mosaic color patterns? Join us, and bring your imagination.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
6092 Intermediate Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-cord!) 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. We will 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.
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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.
this class was expanded to a 6-hour format by popular demand. which allows more time for explanation, experimentation, and review of student projects. You can learn to design your own color schemes with a little knowledge, practice and playfulness.  
must be fluent in basic knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
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) is a pre-requisite.
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 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–and then disappear 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 using knitting yarns. If you’ve never tried cross stitch before, no problem–this class is designed to be accessible to the new embroiderer, and cross stitch is one of the best ways to try your hand and 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!

Note: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion of a simple homework assignment prior to class.
Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2063 No skills required The Beautiful, Humble Art of Plain Sewing: A Workshop for Knitters Plain sewing - a collection of stitches and related hand-sewing techniques - was once considered a pillar of a woman's education. In our day, these skills are useful to all, but known by few. We will study and practice a select group of plain sewing methods that are most useful to knitters working with hand-knit fabrics, including useful and decorative stitches, attaching buttons and finishing buttonholes.
Note: Pre-requisites include fluency in the basic techniques of knitting and completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.