Introduction to Knitting

$219 Limited inc GST / $197
Introduction to Knitting

<p>For novices, as well as for former knitters who want to pick up the craft again. Taught by a knitting teacher with 13 years' experience, this Introduction to Knitting class will move students


For novices, as well as for former knitters who want to pick up the craft again. Taught by a knitting teacher with 13 years' experience, this Introduction to Knitting class will move students through a sampler scarf of ten patterns, each pattern building upon the previous while providing a new challenge. Weekly homework is designed help students become better knitters and to let your scarf and knitting knowledge grow.

Please note: A $50 starter kit is required and can be purchased from the tutor at the first class.

Please note: all stitch patterns are examined in a finished product supplied by the instructor before the written pattern is read to help students learn to read their knitting. This critically important skill and activity is identified by “discussion of”. Instructor will also bring in knitted pieces for inspection for each class.

  • Week 1: Review of materials. Learning basic knit and purl stitches in a small sample piece. Learning ideal way to hold yarn and needles, making sure that all fingers do the optimal amount of work while exerting the least amount of wear on joints. Discussion of regular rhythm creating consistently sized stitches. Learning to Bind Off stitches to free them from the needle. Learning to cast on stitches with a knitted Cast On method. Review of the history of knitting and how basic stitches got their names. Homework: 10 cm of Garter Stitch, 10 cm of Stocking Stitch.
  • Week 2: Review of homework results. Discussion of individual tension and gauge, and how that effects a final product. How to fix mistakes. Introduction to a written pattern. Discussion of Seed Stitch: what do symbols in patterns indicate? Discussion of Ridge Stitch Pattern: Right Side vs Wrong Side, repetitions within a pattern, marking a pattern to enhance understanding (i.e. individual editing). Adding a new ball of yarn. Homework: execute Seed Stitch and Ridge Stitch sections of the sampler scarf.
  • Week 3: Review of homework results, problems, increasing ease with the knitting process. What gains have students made? Discussion of Caterpillar Stitch: how to read knitting vs how to read a pattern. Discussion of Seed Stitch Squares: how to edit a poorly written pattern to increase of reading pattern. Increasing the number of stitches. Homework: execute Caterpillar and Seed Stitch Square sections of the sampler scarf.
  • Week 4: By now students are very familiar with reading a pattern and reading their knitting. Students are shown varied examples of knitted pieces with simple to complex patterns. Cable Stitches: cable twists are identified in the written pattern, where placed within larger knitted pattern and why, how executed, right vs left leaning patterns. Cable Stitch pattern is begun in class to ensure a full understanding of the techniques involved. Homework: complete Cable Stitch pattern, execute Basketweave pattern (which students will knit without previous classroom discussion – in other words, this is the first test of the independence as a knitter).
  • Week 5: Review of homework results. Discussion of Pebble Stitch and new skill of increasing and decreasing stitches. Pebble Stitch is begun in class. Discussion of Charted Pattern: reading a chart, counting stitches. How to finish the scarf. Weaving in loose ends. Blocking as part of finishing work. Pros and cons of various methods of blocking.
  • Week 6: Excursion to Morris & Sons, York Street, Sydney. Morris & Sons is one of the best wool shops in Sydney with an excellent display of various weights of yarn and models using these weights.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Hold knitting needles in a comfortable and efficient manner.
  2. Execute the basic knit and purl stitches and identify them in a complex piece of knitting.
  3. Execute nine different stitch patterns that are built on knit and purl stitches.
  4. Understand the history of knitting.
  5. Develop hand and finger dexterity.
  6. Develop skills in patterning.
  7. Develop skills of observation in fiber patterns.
  8. Interpret written instruction of knitted patterns and be able to apply that skill to future projects.