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Free Form Knitting with Amy Montevaldo



Free form doesn't require a pattern but they can be used as a suggestion, guideline, or opportunity for interpretation and improvisation. The idea is to look at your emerging piece and make decisions based on how it’s evolving, allowing the yarns and emerging design to flow and grow.

This class will focus on multi-yarn knitting, and work on combining multiple yarns, colors and textures. So go stash diving! Gather up 15 to 20 different yarns that you think play well together! This is perfect for using up those half balls of yarn.  Free-form knitting usually requires small amounts of many different yarns, ribbons, or fibers. It’s been likened to painting with yarn. The idea behind it is to have a main or lead yarn that forms the basis of your project. It acts as a guide for your supporting cast of yarns in terms of color and texture choices.  Projects can range from a simple multi-colored/multi–textured garter stitch scarf, to elaborate shawls, vests, wraps, wall hangings, etc. It’s a great way to let your creative ideas take flight!


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Adventurous Beginner, or practiced with knitting, purling, increasing and decreasing. Familiarity with Feather and Fan stitch, knitted cast on, and short rows is helpful but not required.
Requirements: Get your yarns lined up.
Instructor: Amy Montevaldo
Instructor Bio: My name is Amy, and I might be something of a yarnoholic. I have a weakness for anything that?s different, unusual, or otherwise uniquely interesting, which feeds into my love of color, texture, sparkle and shine! It can be big-box craft store yarn or a diva yarn from a high-end manufacturer. As long as it has some kind of interesting color, textural quality or gives the look or effect I want, the pedigree doesn't matter! I am, perhaps, a lazy knitter. I just want to knit and create and play with colors, and not have to get too caught up in stitch counts or garment fit or gauge swatches. I had an ?aha? moment when I stumbled across free-form, multi-yarn knitting. This may have enabled my rather eclectic and haphazard yarn buying habits, but also made for lots of leftovers upon completing a project. What to do? Put those leftovers together and make something else! Since I?d always wanted to try dyeing yarn, I hit upon the idea of dyeing unusual or textured yarns in small quantities, perfect for free-form, multi-fiber artists, and Peekaboo Yarns was born! I dye mostly sock yarn now, but the joy of working color still wends its way through most of what I do, and spills over from one artistic rabbit-hole to another. I love the transformative process of how colors combine and change with other elements as well as each other, be it through felting, knitting, or the endless possibilities when tinkering at the dye pots.
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