What is Freeform?

Prudence's style of freeform usually involves combining small pieces of knitting and crochet into patches (scrumbles), which can later be joined together to form a unique and extremely tactile fabric.  

Freeform doesn't follow a written or charted pattern, although templates (in the form of paper patterns) could be used to obtain a good fit when using freeform patches to create garments.  Freeforming enables you to create as little or as much as you want in any one sitting.  Freeformed fabrics can be full of texture and colour, and can be used to make a wide range of items such as clothing, handbags, hats & jewellery.

Visit the Gallery for more ideas, or check out some of the tutorials if you feel that you need a little help to get you started.

The evolution of the scrumble

evolution of the scrumble

As illustrated above, a scrumble can be started by knitting or crocheting virtually anything at all – thin one begins with a small knitted square.  Now add something else onto it – say a few random crochet stitches; then add something else again – maybe a small crochet shell.  Now use your knitting needles to pick up a few stitches along any edge, and knit a little bit more…and then make another small addition somewhere else.  Next you could perhaps crochet a separate, circular crocheted motif… and attach it into place with a few crochet slip stitches...then maybe add another (or many).  Now knit another section directly onto the patch, or add another different crochet motif…then fill in some gaps, or work a few fancy stitches, in both crochet and in knitting too.

Of course, not all freeform pieces need to follow this exact formula.  For lots of other ideas on how different shapes and stitches can be combined, see the Scrumble A Week project below, and also check out Prudence's Gallery for close-up's of freeform fabric, lots of freeform garments and many other unusual creations.

For inspiration on grouping together yarns for a freeform project visit the Yarn page.

Prudence's A Scrumble a Week blog project

See below for a slideshow of freeform scrumbles that Prudence has blogged so far!

Read about how each scrumble came together on Prudence's A Scrumble a Week blog

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer



50 years of flower power - a freeform crochet and knit artwork

Join me in creating a unique piece of wall art for an upcoming textile art show in Sydney (Australia). Freeform crochet or knit contributions are sought worldwide: be part of a joint creation to be exhibited at Fibrefest, Sydney, May 1-3, 2015.

> See my blogpost for further details

2015 Calendar now online

View details of over 25 workshops, craft shows and tours by Prudence in 2015.

>> View the complete Calendar for booking details

New eBooks available online

Since Prudence's Freeform: Serendipitous Design Techniques for Knitting & Crochet book is out of print and the Never Too Many Handbags book is almost out of print, these are now available for download as PDF ebooks.
>> See the Tutorials & Patterns page for details

Hang Ups Group Exhibition

A group of freeformers on Ravelry have been working on pieces for a exhibition entitled 'Hang Ups'.  It has recently been on show in Sydney, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, and now also Brisbane.  The exhibition will travel and grow throughout the year as more pieces are received.  >> See photos from the first two exhibitions online

Yarns & Books available online

My PDF patterns are always available through the Tutorials page here on the website, and from time to time I also sell interesting yarns, colour-coordinated packs for freeformers plus my books and tutorials online, in AU$, at CraftUmi.
Or if you are looking for my books and would prefer to pay in US$, you might prefer to check out my Etsy store.

2012 Calendar

Including over 30 workshops, shows and tours.
>> View the complete Calendar for booking details


Welcome to Knot Just Knitting, the home of Prudence Mapstone's freeform fibre art.

Here you can learn about freeform, browse freeform creations in the gallery, purchase PDF tutorials & patterns for freeform & traditional knitting and crochet, view Prudence's extensive calendar of workshops & tours, and link to Prudence's other online pursuits.


Keep up with Prudence's work via Ravelry, Blogger, Yahoo Groups, Flickr & Etsy or share her inspiration on Pinterest
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