Take thick yarns, and thin yarns...some textured yarns, and fluffy yarns...some thin yarns, and some matching yarns...plus lots of unusual, fringed or glittery yarns...and think about some of the different ways you could best combine them all together into a single, cohesive piece.  

Perhaps this will involve separating your collected yarns into a couple of different, more colour coordinated groupings...or making sure that the clashing or much lighter or darker colours are kept to a minimum, to be used discretely and only very occasionally.  Maybe some of the very thin yarns could be doubled up, or added to the surface of the more sturdy pieces.  The thicker yarns might best be worked at a much looser tension to normal; or in a very lacy manner, leaving lots of intentional (and even unintentional) holes. 

To see how you could combine both knitting and crochet together to create small freeform patches, visit the freeform page.  To see how Prudence eventually uses all of her freeform patches, take a trip through the various galleries.

yarn collectionPrudence has always 'collected' interesting yarn. What started out as an obsession for seeking out distant yarn stores on her travels, and picking up the occasional odd ball of 'something interesting' here and there, has now turned into importing many of the more unusual yarns that don't normally get into the shops in Australia...and even though she'd love to keep the lot in her own personal stash, she now also sells at least some of her interesting finds at various craft events around Australia and New Zealand, and occasionally also in her Etsy and Craftumi on-line shops.


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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