Prudence Mapstone - Freeform Knit and Crochet Neckpiece



In this shorter class participants will use a combination of different knit and crochet stitches to create a one-of-a-kind freeform necklace, bib or collar. They will need to create the knitted base for their neckpiece as homework before this workshop.  This base section is not freeform, but the pattern does have variations so that the size of the foundation piece can be adapted to fit any neck circumference.

Following the ‘proper’ pattern that will be supplied, two strands of a smooth sportweight cotton or cotton blend yarn will be knitted together using garter stitch. Then, during the workshop itself, the true freeforming will begin. 

Participants will experiment using small quantities of many different yarns and a range of interesting crochet stitches to create small, random motifs that can then be used to jazz up the plain knitting.  Each of the pieces shown in these photos has been created using these very same techniques, yet they are all quite unique.

Click HERE to download homework. Homework must be completed before class.


Requirements: Note that since this is a fairly short workshop it has homework, which should be knitted prior to the class, following the pattern that will be supplied. This will give each participant a stable base onto which they can then add their freeform crochet. It should be knitted on 4.5mm needles, using in a smooth sportweight cotton or cotton blend yarn. For firmness, two strands are worked together, but it requires less than 50g in total, so it can be knitted from a single ball using 1 strand from the outside and 1 strand from the centre of the ball at the same time. Small quantities of at least 10 other fine yarns or threads will also be needed at the workshop, for the crochet embellishments. Hooks that approximately suit the weight of the yarns chosen will also be needed in class (so bring at least a couple in sizes ranging from around 2.0mm to 4.0mm), plus a blunt-ended wool or tapestry needle, and a pair of scissors.
Instructor: Prudence Mapstone is a textile artist, author and tutor whose medium is freeform knitting and crochet. Her method of fabric creation spontaneously and serendipitously combines two traditional crafts together, in harmony and in new and exciting ways. Freeforming in this manner can enable anyone with basic knit and/or crochet skills to mix diverse yarns together successfully, so that they, too, might eventually create their own unique freeform knit and crochet garment or artwork. Prudence usually begins by building up a variety of individual and seemingly random swatches (aka ‘scrumbles’), allowing each piece to develop ‘organically’ around a roughly central point as she continues outwards, working multi-directionally. Later these relatively small, color-coordinated pieces are arranged and assembled to form the extremely tactile fabrics that make up her one-of-a-kind garments. She is the author of a number of books on her freeform techniques, and has been the feature artist at craft events right around Australia and also at shows in New Zealand, The UK and Denmark. For almost 20 years she has also shared her methods in lectures and classes as far afield as the USA, Canada, Ireland, Bermuda, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Her website is www.knotjustknitting.com.
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