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David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice with Franklin Habit – SOLD OUT

Class Title: Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practicetessellations

Teacher: Franklin Habit

Class Day/Time: Friday, 4:30 to 7:30 pm

Class Length: 3 hours

Class Fee: $55.00

Class Description:








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 discuss the theories behind tessellating, and then put into practice the basic techniques for creating tessellated shapes that can be used for knitting.

Pre-requisites: Students are offered the choice of swatching in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (stranded) knitting; those choosing the latter should be adept at it as the technique is not taught in this class.

The method used for swatching is the student’s choice: in the round, flat, or speed-swatching are all suitable. Whichever method is selected, the student should be adept at it as swatching techniques are not taught in class.

A sense of humor, a taste for adventure, and a reasonable ability to concentrate are strongly advised.

Registration necessary, class size limited to 20

Supplies Needed: 

Yarn: Choose solid or semi-solid colors with little or no halo/fuzz to obscure visibility or make ripping back difficult. Two balls in highly contrasting colors if you wish to work in stranded colorwork; one ball if you choose to work in knit/purl texture patterns. (If the latter, white or a light solid color is preferred.)

Needles: Select needles (preferably circular) of a size appropriate to the yarn(s) selected, according to your preferred method for swatching (see Pre-requisites, above).

Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching, charting, and note-taking. A roll of cellophane (i.e., Scotch) tape. Two or more 8.5 x 11 sheets of graph paper ruled in squares at 4 squares/inch. This paper is easily procured from shops or can be printed, free, from many online sources.

Materials Fee: None

Homework:  Get a good night’s sleep.

Each student will receive a free skein of Alpine Wool Yarn by Lion Brand.  Lion Brand proudly supports Franklin’s class.

A 3.00 electronic administrative fee will be added for all online registration transactions.

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