FreeStyle Knitting...What Is It?

Hello Again Everyone:

As a new member here and for my 2nd post, I figured it might be a good idea to share just a little about this technique I developed in the 90’s, which I mentioned in my Intro post.

If you read my Intro post, I’m a young 57; started knitting when I was 8. I’ve knit furiously on and off over the years. In the early 90’s my wife and I saw a program on TVO, highlighting Kaffe Fassett. This series was called Glorious Color.

As a Pro Balloon Twister of 27+ years I LOVE color, so this series TOTALLY GRABBED me. I had only ever used maybe 3 colors up to that point.

After seeing the 1st show in this series, I visited our local dept store and purchased 30 colors of Bernat 100% cotton. They were like 77 cents at the time. I think I bought ‘one’ of every color they had, both solid and variegated.

I also found 3 of Kaffe’s books at a small LYS, now long gone, but discovered another Awesome LYS last summer, which I didn’t know was a yarn store.

I read Kaffe’s books covr 2 covr, trying a few patrns in his bks. I found I could NOT follow pattrns. It made knitting ‘work’ and I wanted knitting to be fun, enjoyable, relaxing.

Kaffe mentioned during this series that he broke a lot or rules of knitting. That got me thinking, I could br8k more rules and develop my own style or technique. SO, not being able to follow the pattrns in Kaffe’s books, I just started knitting, chging colors when I wanted.

Haha, when I first started this new technique, I would have 10 balls of yrn in 10 bowls on the floor and would discover after just a few rows… A HUGE MESS! :grrr:

This wasn’t working. After awhile of untangling this MESS of yarn, a light went on and I thot, hey, I can just use ‘lengths’.

And from this small change, basically my FreeStyle Technique was born. I’m sure this is NOT new, but it was new to me.

No pattrns to follow; dozens and dozens of colors; using only lngths from a few inches to several ft or yrds.

For any NEW knitters who might be interested, just PM me and I can give you info on how to receive your free copy, when it’s ready. I hope to have finished by March. I can also give you a link to a new site I’m just building.

I am setting up this new site primarily to help NEW knitters, as I LOVE to teach.

So for now, off to do some knitting. Working on a new scarf with 50 colors.

Happy Knitting…RJ

Sending you a PM

You sound like a great guy. Do you knit for your wife and if so, does she wear what you knit for her?

I read in a knitting magazine a few years ago about Kaffe Hassett and how he likes just to knit and see where it takes him. The results looked wonderful, but I wasn’t sure the method would work for me. I would have to have at least some guidance at the outstart of a project.

I hope you’ll post a photo of that scarf!


Hey Gillian: Thank you so much for your reply and Kind words. No, I actually don’t knit for my wife as she has been in a nursing home now for a few years. She has progressive MS. I did knit her a kinda birthday/Christmas Tarf in Christmas 2011. OH, a Tarf is a combination of a Toque/Scarf.

Haha, just a name I coined. It’s kinda a long scarf, maybe 3 - 4’ long, with an open end, knitted on circs. It was actually hard on me as I only used Red, White, Green. I would knit as we visited at the nursing home. It took me about 3 weeks. I wanted to have it done for her birthday, Oct. 29th, so started it the beginning of Oct…

My wife has never been a knitter, but she has always encouraged me to knit, and our boys.

Yes, Kaffe Fassett was really my inspiration to get back into knitting in the early 90’s. But, I can’t follow his patterns. I mean I ‘could’ if I wanted to, but then my knitting wouldn’t be FUN, it would become work. My FreeStyle technique kinda came from his idea of just[B][I] ‘seeing where it takes him’.[/I][/B] I will usually have kinda a ‘basic’ idea in mind before I start something, but as far as color changes, I have a bag of dozens of colors and just reach in and whatever comes out, comes out, lol.

I’m breaking that rule a little with my current scarf, as I’m doing Solid, Vari, Solid, Vari. But, I don’t concern myself with what colors work together. When you don’t care about that, the project becomes much more creative, at least in my opinion.

I don’t know if this will work or not Gillian, but I will paste a link to my FB page where there are some photos of a few projects I’ve done. Please pardon the blurriness, I didn’t have good lighting. Anyway, here’s a link:

If this doesn’t work, just PM me and I’ll try again.

I’m not sure how to post pics here on the forum. Something I’ll have to learn.

Happy Knitting…RJ

Free style knitting…a lot like what I call making it up as I go along.

As opposed to “Frankenpattern”, where you take a bit of this one and a bit of that one and string them together to make something else. I do a lot of both of these. In fact… I can only think of a couple of times when I DIDN’T do one or the other.

In honor of your chicken creations and in that we’re using a little bit of this and a little bit of that, I most humbly suggest that in future we refer to all these knitting practices as Chicken Danceknitting, an umbrella we can all share.

Hey Grumpy Gramma: Yes, this is kinda what I do, in a nutshell. for me it makes knitting very enjoyable, relaxing and fun, which is what I want it to be. It’s definitely not for everyone, but sure works for me :slight_smile:

Happy Knitting…RJ

Hahaha, I like that term “Chicken Dance Knitting”. I just may borrow that term. Thanks for sharing that :wink:

You’re welcome. Just get in on the early release offer and you too can have it for free. But wait! There’s more…Somehow I’ve felt trapped in an infomercial. When it comes to knitting I tend toward a hippie free-love sort of attitude: share the knitting love, no strings attached. pun intended

Are you sure we’re not related somehow? :rofl:

I’ve heard that all is relative. Honey, I’m not sure you’d want to be related to me! This whole thread has me feeling like I’ve stumbled into an alternate dementia. Maybe string theory and knitting are all tangled up together somehow. :zombie:

We need to knit some of these to keep our thought safe.

How weird is my sense of humor? Very weird, and it seems to be genetic. DD married a guy w/a sense of humor as strange as mine and hers. Their kids fit right in. One day to break up an argument, knowing they knew I would never do it, I told the kids I was going to lock them in a closet. They started arguing over who got the “top bunk” or shelf. Scary.

Yeah, I’ve never met a pattern I couldn’t (and didn’t) alter somehow. In fact, I’ve altered every knitting pattern I’ve ever tried (sorry original designers). And I’ve launched out on many an uncharted expedition with just needles (or crochet hook), yarn, and an idea in my head.

Contrast that with the girl who taught me to knit. I casually mentioned to her that I had altered a pattern, and I thought she was going to faint! She said, “I NEVER deviate from the pattern.” I’m not sure if she was simply appalled, thinking I’d committed the unpardonable sin or if the thought of changing a pattern had just never entered her mind. Anywho, I reminded her that there are no knitting police, . . . but I’m not sure the idea stuck (she still looked shell-shocked). :??

OMG you have joined the Dark Side! :shock: Such sacrilege! This may explain why we get knots in our yarn. :wink:

Some folks are just like that. When things go off-script, they don’t handle it well. I don’t think I’ve ever done a pattern without altering it in some way. Of course, SOME of those alterations are accidents. :wink: Some I stick closer to than others, but even the knit chickens from Blue Sky Alpacas got an original twist or two (well… [I]one[/I] of them got a twist or two… the other is just twisted :twisted:)

“Alternate dementia” :roflhard: OMG, we ARE related somehow! I have clairvoyant paranoia, and precognitive dissonance.

I have an idea for a project for you: FSM hat with chicken poised to eat the noodles. Are your chickens vegan or can they have meatballs on their hat perches? You’ll be the next big name in fashion!

Claire Voyant, is that the name of a chicken?

Not yet :mrgreen: I was thinking the next one would be Jimmy Changa, El Pollo Loco, but I’m kinda liking Claire Voyant. Kinda fits with the FSM-eating Chicken too…

But first I have birthdays to take care of. My mom and my girlfriend in February and my grandson in March. Mom and girlfriend are already on the needles, but they’ll take a while. Grandson? I’m thinking sock Monkey Hat while he’s still young enough to think that’s cool. Of course I may have to make one for his mom too, once she sees it. But her birthday’s not until August.

Mom and girlfriend are already on the needles, but they’ll take a while.

Torture or shish kebab?

You are really on a roll today aren’t ya? :rofl: