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A gallery of free form knitted lace at Gauge

A trunk show and silent auction of Susan Johnson's free form lace in advance of her class.
A trunk show and silent auction of Susan Johnson's free form lace in advance of her class.
Joanna Bettelheim

When knitting, most crafters follow someone else's, or if they are particularly adept, design their own, pattern. Every stitch it knit or purled according to the directions, either written or charted, and the goal is to cast off a finished item that resembles the pictured sample.

Not so with free form knitting. With just a basic understanding of increasing and decreasing, a knitter can create whatever comes naturally to them. The result is an organic and unique piece of knitwear that could be mistaken for a piece of art. Particularly when on display, as fiber artist Susan Johnson's were on Saturday, May 3rd, at Gauge in Austin.

For ten years, Johnson has been knitting free form lace, which she says is like knitting a journal, with each piece reminding her of the time in her life when she knit it. This showcase was one of the first times she's seen all of the pieces together, with three up for silent auction.

Click on the slideshow above to see some examples of Johnson's work. For those who would like to try it themselves, Johnson will be teaching a class on free form lace on Sunday afternoon.