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How to draw P1

Zentangle pattern: P1. 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.Welcome back for Monday’s second super easy tangle!

P1 is Eris Swanstrom’s second tangle on the site and the second today. Be sure to check out P1‘s companion tangle Nstitches – and because they won’t be listed together alphabetically in the index I’m repeating Eris’s introduction.

Eris introduces herself and her tangles,

I’m a knitwear clothing designer and graphic artist. I stumbled across Zentangle® about a month 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.

Like it’s mate Nstitches, P1 is another great tangle for new tanglers or those seeking to be less tightly controlled with their strokes. The loose, fluid and untamed nature of these two are fun to tangle and they make excellent texture tangles.

Eris illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing P1 below where she features it in a cool duotangle with Nstitches … { Purl 3, Knit 5, Purl 2 ?? 😉 }

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1 comment to How to draw P1

  • Jenn Brayton

    My BFF who has been knitting for 40+ years has tried so many times to teach me to knit and it’s never worked out for me no matter my enthusiasm – after 15 years I’m still at the cast on, knit 1 ball, cast off stage!

    However, I am thrilled that P1 and Nstitches arrived together this week because I can easily and happily knit these tangles on my tiles in so many ways!! And I don’t have to worry about dropping stitches haahaahaa Very fun and playful tangles Erin!

    I felt like a bonus gift arrived when 2 new tangles popped up together! Thank you Linda 🙂

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