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.
There will be a new lesson every week. Those will include a knitting project and a background lesson from each of us, followed by our joint suggestions for continuing on with knitting, craftivism, and activism on your own and in groups moving forward.
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- Enrollment in this course closed on 03/01/2018.
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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. Continue reading »
Embroidering with duplicate stitch
You can add bits of additional colors or fix mistakes using duplicate stitch, worked as embroidery with a tapestry needle. Continue reading »
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. Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
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 Continue reading »
What is intarsia?
Intarsia is the perfect technique for free form color work patterns with no floats behind your work Continue reading »
Casting on and knitting the ribbing
Beginning a project is always fun and exciting. The ribbing on these mitts will ensure easy on/off Continue reading »
Bobbins make intarsia easy
Beyond your usual knitting tools, you’ll want some bobbins! Continue reading »
Working the intarsia motifs
Now the fun begins! Let’s add some color with Intarsia Continue reading »
Finishing and blocking
Some special tips for weaving in ends with intarsia and blocking your mitts Continue reading »
History of Political Crafting
Early American homespun revival
What do Patsy Jefferson and Dolley Madison have to do with craftivism Continue reading »
Craft and the suffrage movement
Craft takes center stage to help women gain the right to vote Continue reading »
Knitting during the great wars
Without this movement, soldiers would have suffered even more through the horrors of war Continue reading »
Things to read
Our suggested list of books and articles about activism, craftivism, and knitting. Continue reading »
Things to watch
Our suggested list of videos about activism, craftivism, and knitting Continue reading »
Things to make
Our suggested list of craftivist patterns on Ravelry and elsewhere Continue reading »
Things to do
Our suggested list of political activities you can do at home or while you are out and about Continue reading »