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How to draw KNASE

Zentangle pattern: Knase. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Knase is another of the earliest “official” tangle patterns, a Zentangle®-original.

This is the first time Zentangle HQ made a Knase lesson public and published it online in video form.

As part of the Twelve Days of Zentangle, 2018 Edition series, several of these “old” tangles that haven’t been publicly published before are being included in the series. Naturally I’m adding each of them to TanglePatterns, thus a heads up that there will be a few more tangles coming your way than usual.

In this Day 2 video at 06:54 Rick demonstrates how to tangle Knase as he adds it to a section of the Zentangle Spinner.

As Rick adds the tangle Maria explains that Knase was inspired by a pattern they saw on a sneaker, aka “sneak”. [Definition: a soft shoe with a rubber sole worn for sports or casual occasions.] When the letter of the word sneak are rearranged, we get Knase. (Oopsie! 💡 See Dessie Arnold’s comment below for an update on the origins of Knase.)

As with many ribbon-style tangles, you can tangle them side-by-side to fill a larger section and this creates a particularly striking effect when done with Knase.

NOTE: For future reference, the video segment for the other tangles included in the “Twelve Days of Zentangle” series can be located on the tangle’s page on TanglePatterns.

Day 2 tangles include Hurry, Knase, Cadent and IX.

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7 comments to How to draw KNASE

  • Dessie Arnold

    I know that Maria clearly said “sneak” several times, but when I first saw the video, I thought she said “snake”, which to me makes a LOT more sense. I’ve never heard sneakers referred to as sneaks, and to me, this looks a lot more like the back of a snake than the back of a sneaker. But that’s just my take on it – like I said, she clearly said “sneak”, and I don’t think it’s just her New England accent.

    As always, Linda, thank you for your incredible site. When people see me tangling (usually in waiting rooms) and ask me what I’m doing, I tell them about Zentangle, and I always refer them to your site. It truly is a treasure. Yesterday I was thinking about it as I sent in a donation to Wikipedia, and I thought “I really need to send more to Linda Farmer, because as much as I use Wikipedia, I use your site even more! I encourage other tanglers to do the same.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Dessie, “snake” never occurred to me (thank heavens) but you could very well be right. In years gone by I often heard sneakers called sneaks – as in “I got some new sneaks” – so that’s what popped immediately into my mind as they all seem to have different decorative patterns in their rubber parts. But both words work, same letters!
      Thanks for your kind words and for your support. I too donate to Wikipedia, it is also a treasure and I clearly use it a lot as you can tell 🙂 Definitely worth helping to keep around.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      I had to ask Maria about this, and Dessie, you are right! Maria says, “It’s snake. Knase. Same letters. I thought it looked a bit like snakeskin.”
      Maybe I shouldn’t be throwing out those postcards from the Hearing Aid people! 😉

      • Melena

        Well, you at least heard the word “sneak”. I missed it completely! I guess I’m even closer to needing that hearing aid. LOL But yes, it does look like a snake skin. I like it. I’ve never seen this one before, but a nice simple tangle for a border, and easy enough to embellish.

  • Dessie Arnold

    Thanks for asking Maria. I heard “snake” the first time, but when after reading your text about it, went back and listened, and definitely heard “sneak” each time she said it. Maria has a strong New England (New Hampshire?) accent, and I suspect that’s why it sounded like sneak – probably nothing wrong with your hearing. I love hearing the backstories for how they chose the names for the tangles, and I find that I learn so much from watching them draw the tangles – even ones I thought I was familiar with. Very inspiring.

  • Barbara Nicoll

    Where can I get the gridded paper the person in the above video is using? Thanks so much!

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Barbara, the spinner was created by Zentangle co-founder Maria Thomas and it’s part of Zentangle’s Project Pack #04 (link also given above in the post). The spinner is not available separately but you can still purchase the Project Packs on

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