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How to draw NSTITCHES

Zentangle pattern: Nstitches. 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.Hello again my friends and welcome to Monday’s super easy tangles. Yep, that was plural!

Today’s two tangles, Nstitches and P1, come from a new tangler from North Carolina, Eris Swanstrom, and they’re her first on the site.

First up is Nstitches, which makes excellent use of the tangle enhancer called rounding.

Eris introduces herself and her tangles,

I’m a knitwear clothing designer and graphic artist. I stumbled across Zentangle® a couple of months ago when looking for more art deco patterns for my hobby drawings.

I was immediately impressed and excited to find Zentangle, and my best friend and I dove in head first, voraciously buying books and learning to tangle. We pretty much have tangle dates every day! We live in Raleigh, NC, and hope to make it out next year to a tangle gathering.

My humble tangle submissions come from years ago, when I went through a period where I couldn’t knit, so I *drew* knitting instead. But knitting can be complicated to draw, so I developed an “easy” method for drawing knit and purl stitches.

Also, the tangles are really fluid and can distort most excellently.

I have seen in the Tangle Directory that there are (at least) 2 knitting-based tangles, and Benio which looks similar but creates a different effect!

The two knitting-specific tangles Eris refers to are Lyndel Churchill’s Knyt, and Suzanne McNeill’s Knitting. Both Nstitches and P1 make excellent texture tangles for your tiles.

There are similar tangles beginning with zigzags but Nstitches has an interesting energetic look and feel to it that sets it apart. As Eris says, it’s fluid. Adding the rounding and shading to Nstitches is a relaxing meditation.

Nstitches is an especially perfect tangle for those new to Zentangle, or really anyone who believes their strokes must be perfect. Its loose approach helps let go of control, and go with the flow. It’s the Zen that goes with the tangles 😉

Eris illustrates two approaches to tangling Nstitches in her step-by-step instructions, in her first method she features it in a simple, “untamed” monotangle. “I hope these will bring you joy!

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Nstitches, tangle and deconstruction by Eris Swanstrom. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Eris’s alternate method of tangling NStitches uses a channel grid, with this version for her Zentangle example she includes Anita Roby-Lavery’s Antidots and Beth Snoderly’s Chime.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Nstitches, tangle and deconstruction by Eris Swanstrom. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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3 comments to How to draw NSTITCHES

  • Susan Mann

    Thank you for posting your pattern, Eris! I am a knitter, too, and once I made up a knitting tangle, but it was so complicated I needed to reread the instructions every time I tried to draw it! Yours is simple, and makes sense, and it looks like knitting!

  • Heidi S Whitney

    I am just loving this! It has a relaxed, rustic feel. It will make a terrific background filler.

    Thanks Eris! It’s groovy.

  • Jenn Brayton

    I’m still playing with this tangle and loving it!

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