The Schalalala Knitting Circle is happening on an irregular basis. In this traditional form of togetherness and knowledge exchange, basic knitting skills are passed on, and new techniques and details are being adapted to Schalalala’s fan scarf knitting.
Having been invited as the first scarf contributor, Horst Schulz, inventor of the New Knitting, a patchwork method based on fragmentation, transferred his method’s core principle to the production process of the scarf.
Horst Schulz split up his remix pattern into single letters, and asked the participants of his knitting circle to knit one each, which he connected afterwards. This collective way of movable type scarf production has become a constant part of Schalalala’s fan scarf knitting.
P A T C H M A T C H
Remix: Horst Schulz. Knitting: Christel Artz, Monika Faul, Kerstin Hering, Renate Korpus, Eveline Riefer-Rucht & Horst Schulz. Elements: Bayern München, Japan, Schalke 04, Brasilien, Mer stonn zo dir (1.FC Köln), and others.
Within the knitting process, several parallels and transitions between analogue and digital practice (lat.: digitus, “finger”) can be experienced on a hands-on level.
Knitting as an algorithmic procedure shows parallels to programming and other forms of digital text production. This becomes even more evident in its notation. Punchcard knitting patterns show the transition from physical work to the first steps of digitalization.
Through the traditional form of the knitting circle, the scarf becomes the artefact of a communicative process, and a carrier of personal and collective experience. In its making and later usage, the fan scarf can be seen as a social medium.