Join us for the Tatter Poetry Mitt Along! Every week we will knit one line of the poem from the mitten pattern and discuss the poet and the process of knitting over zoom. The history of placing words and poems of inspiration, spirituality and protest (overtly and secretly) onto garments is long and storied. It adds layers to the notion that textiles are agents of change and holders of human story.
Rather than choosing a single poem and privileging a single voice, we chose several lines from several poets which inspire us. After all, this project is, at its most basic level, the work of many hands. The hands of the original maker whose work guided the hands of our pattern designer using yarn which was carded, spun, and dyed by the hands of artisans in Tajikistan. As such, our mittens are a veritable archive, just like our library.
Whether you buy the kit or just the pattern, you can join the email list and zoom sessions with our pattern designer, Elliot Rockart, starting on January 19th. We hope you will join to discuss the poem, troubleshoot the mittens, connect with your mitt-a-long community, and share your thoughts on the process. We also hope that you will share your process on social media whether or not you can join us on zoom— we cannot wait to see your creations!
Date + Time
Fridays January 19th – March 22nd 5 – 5:45 pm ET
$0 (with a recommended donation of $15)
50 grams fingering weight yarn in main color
25 grams fingering weight yarn in contrast color
Size 1 needles (size 0 for smaller, size 2 for larger) either magic loop, circular needle, or dpns
Waste yarn for thumb and provisional cast on
Three stitch markers
(Kit is available with stitch markers and yarn included)
Week One: Jan 19th, Etel Adnan and casting on
Week Two: Jan 26th, Emily Dickenson
Week Three: February 2nd, Sojourner Truth
Week Four: February 9th, Sandra Cisneros
Week Five: February 16th, Bob Hicok
Week Six: February 23rd, Audre Lorde
Week Seven: March 1st, June Jordan
Week Eight: March 8th, Etel Adnan
Week Nine: March 15th, thumbs
Week Ten: March 22nd, casting off and fringe
Elliot Rockart is a textile artist and researcher based in Brooklyn. They are a content creator and product designer at Tatter where they combine their love of history and textiles to create knitted, crocheted, embroidered, woven, hooked, and appliquéd art. You can find them on Instagram and Tiktok at @myweeklyarn