MRMCD 2023

Yarn, needels, “reverse engineering” and “osint”
09-03, 12:10–13:00 (Europe/Berlin), C205 - Brainwasher
Language: English

This workshop is about knitting. That stuff that grows on sheep or goats.


I was not taught to knit by my Nana when I was a child, I learned this at school Crafts lessens.
Quite recently I have I picked up my knitting needles again to knit round scarfs based on the “cap comforter” for the Salvation Army. The last two years I was determined to get past the basics and progress towards techniques like double knitting, fair isle knitting, Lithuanian Knitting.
So, with the help of several books and YouTu.be University, I have learned interesting new methods and am going to carry on with this foreseeable future.
Because I have found that a lot of instructions on the internet are not comprehensive enough, or they assume you already know the basics and don’t go through everything step-by-step, I was asked knitting aimed at absolute beginners.

But what about OSINT and reverse engineering its in the header?
Yes Ill use it to identify patterns from the past and future.
If asked nice I could give out some nasty Osint search for lost data or hidden persons.

For Students:
Start with the basics and get them right before moving on to more adventurous techniques, and don’t start a project which is too complicated for you or will take forever to finish
If you're always enjoyed crafts but have neglected this interest for years, this is a beginners level to get back to it.

Which Needles For A Beginner?
Suggest that you purchase one set of straight (single-pointed) needles and one set of circular needles to start. Circular needles are a little intimidating at first but are for this workshop, but don’t worry, they’re friendly really and easy to find at thrift store’s
Needles are in any material (bamboo, wood, metal, plastic), and if you can afford carbon, I would suggest that you buy in each material so that you can test them all out yourself.
I have used most types and I’ve now decided to stick to round needles from wood or metal, although I don’t dislike using any type.

The needle size you choose to use doesn’t really matter, but I would suggest that you start with a relatively large needle diameter such as 6mm (U.S.A size 10), which is best suited to using with a bulky yarn (weight 5).
Go for a plain and quite inexpensive acrylic/wool yarn to start you off, and even though it’s tempting, it’s best NOT to go for a fancy mohair or art yarn at this point but if you find this at you’re local Trift store for 10 cents 10 grams just buy it. Pick a yarn you like that feels like good quality; you should pick a yarn that appeals to you, since you’re likely to enjoy knitting
As for the cable length on the circular needles; I’d go for a 60cm (24”) cable personally as it’s a common size. I prefer the one that can unscrew the cable but there hard to find.

Topics,
The First Steps of Learning
Casting on (How to set up the yarn on the needle)
Basic: Knit stitch, Purl stitch and Casting/binding off:
Patterns with samples will be available
Reverse engineering patterns from a picture, finding free patterns