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What is craftivism?
The simple definition of Craftivism is: the use of craft to agitate for positive change in the world. This can be anything from yarn bombing a park with knitting or crocheted hearts to making a dozen pussy hats to distribute at a march for justice.
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and let us know your name, where you’re from, and tell us a little bit about your previous knitting and activism.
Fair Isle Message in a Hat
Message in a Hat
Sometimes many small statements make as much impact as one big statement. This hat pattern includes several charted messages as well as the full alphabet and some icons for you to write your own.
To strand or not to strand?
There are many different techniques for two-color knitting. I will show you my favorites: two-handed with floats and working without floats.
Casting on and knitting in the round
I use a long tail cast over two needles held together for a stretchy edge, and I’ll show you how I join to work in the round without a jog or gap at the join.
Knitting your message with two colors
You can work from one of my charts or create your own message from the full alphabet charts included in this lesson.
Decreasing to shape the crown
At the top of the hat you can knit straight to make pussyhat style ears or you can decrease to form a fitted toque or ski cap.
Embroidering with duplicate stitch
You can add bits of additional colors or fix mistakes using duplicate stitch, worked as embroidery with a tapestry needle.
Finishing and blocking
I’ll show you how I weave in ends with colorwork and ribbing as well as how you can block your hat if your tension isn’t quite perfect.
Knitting as a Political Act
What is political about knitting?
Knitting is fun, but we can also use our yarn and needles for social justice, peace, and hope in a world that seems to have gone awry.
Why should we make knitting political?
I’ve come to realize that if we want to continue to have a democracy in the United States, we need more and more people to become involved in the political process at every level—including with our knitting needles.
How do we knit as a political act?
The list of things you can do to Knit as a Political Act is probably endless. But, remember, don’t let knitting take the place of traditional activism such as attending protests, calling and writing your representatives, voting, and so forth.
Blue Wave 2018: It’s all about votes
It’s time to take back our country and restore the true American values of Liberty and Justice for All. 2018 is all about getting out the vote and washing over America with a blue tsunami.
Intarsia Mitts Pattern
These Victory Mitts knit up quickly and you’ll have loads of time to make a pair for a friend, plus yarn left over. Since they don’t require a ton of yarn, it’s also a great project for stash busting.
What is intarsia?
Intarsia is the perfect technique for free form color work patterns with no floats behind your work.
Casting on and knitting the ribbing
Beginning a project is always fun and exciting. The ribbing on these mitts will ensure easy on/off.
Using intarsia in other projects
History of Political Crafting
Craftivism is not new
Early American homespun revival
What do Patsy Jefferson and Dolley Madison have to do with craftivism?
Knitting during the great wars
Without this movement, soldiers would have suffered even more through the horrors of war.
Things to do
Our suggested list of political activities you can do at home or while you are out and about.