Meet Caitlin Farradas - Creator of Kooky, Whimsical Handmade Knits

This week at Manufacture New York we have two new classes we're really excited about:
Wednesday from 6:30 - 9 PM is Learn to Hand Knit &
Thursday from 6:30 - 9 PM is Learn to Crochet

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Both of these classes are for the complete beginner and are held in a relaxed atmosphere of BYOB knitting circles. You can register here for knitting,  here for crochet

We asked the instructor Caitlin Farradas a few questions and she's also shared four easy projects to get you inspired

For the newbies: what's the difference between knitting and crocheting?

The main difference between the two is that knitting you work with all the stitches in a row of work and you create the work with two needles, while when you crochet you only work into one stitch at a time and one crochet hook. Crochet is the more freeform of the two 

How did you get started?

My senior year of high school I was in a AP sculpture class and I wanted to knit lingerie as my main body of work for my submission. My grandmother taught me the basics of knitting and purling, I fell in love. When I got to Parsons I took the hand knitting elective twice (were I learned to crochet) and took the machine knitting elective as well. 

You went to Parsons for Fashion Design. Did you do knitting/crocheting there? And if so was there ever any resistance -i.e. it's too "crafty" or not “fashion"?

At Parsons I was always interested in making knitwear. Sadly, I cannot say Parsons always embraced that. While my teachers did encourage me to make knitwear the type of knitwear that I was interested in make because it included many more traditional techniques were seen as “crafty” and “granny” was a word I got a lot. 

Thankfully, I’m a very stubborn lady and I really want to make tiny, flirty dresses and cozy sweaters with a kooky, crafty flair :) 

What are you currently making?
I’m working on two main projects at the moment, creating fun smaller products for the craft fair I’m attending for spring and also working on my next collection -which is inspired by different people and creating a garment based off the person wearing the garment.

Four Fun & Easy Hand Knitting Projects for Beginners

1. Pom Pom Earrings
2. Mini Circle Scarf
3. Crochet Headband with Pom Poms
4. Granny Square Coasters