Knitting course in October 2018
How to Knit for Beginners short course
Let me tell you a bit about my popular beginners knitting short course that I’m running in October 2018.
Why come to this beginners knitting short course?
May be you’ve never tried to knit or you’ve tried and struggled. Maybe you can do knit and purl, but are not sure that you’re doing them correctly. Maybe you prefer to learn with a tutor. The most important thing is that you want to learn! You don’t even need a knitting needles or yarn, since I’ll provide them.
I’ll also provide delicious home-baked biscuits or cake and a variety of hot drinks. And if we’re lucky, the Being Knitterly barista (Mr BK), will be around to make some rather nice coffee!
How will you learn?
I’ll demonstrate each stitch, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you knit a stitch, I’ll talk you through the process as you do it. You’ll also be given a handout with photographs and written instructions for each stitch. Practise makes perfect, so a bit of practice between each class will help too.
When you’re learning a new stitch you’ll repeat it several times to make a small sample. You’ll also knit your first project: a cute bunny rabbit!
What will you learn?
You’ll learn to:
- Choose the right needles for yarn.
- Hold the needles and yarn.
- Cast on and off.
- Knit and purl.
- Do garter stitch, stocking stitch, ribs and moss stitch.
- Join knitting together.
- As well as decoding pattern instructions.
In the first beginners knitting class you’ll learn how to hold the knitting needles and yarn whilst practising knit stitch. This isn’t easy for a beginner; you’ll be all fingers and thumbs at first. I’ll demonstrate as many times as necessary, let you practise and advise you how to adjust your fingers so that it becomes easier. I’ll tell you why you need to hold the needles and yarn in a certain way and what doesn’t matter. Gradually your fingers will cooperate and you’ll be knitting! You’ll learn to do the knit stitch and purl stitch. By the end of this class you’ll have a small knitted sample which may have holes, but we’re not going to worry about that this week. Practice makes perfect, as they say!
In the second class you’ll continue to use knit and purl stitches, but this time instead of using only one or other per row, you’ll work some stitch patterns where you change between knit and purl stitches during a row. This will enable you to knit ribs, moss stitch and try some knit-purl patterns. And, because you learnt the difficult things last week (holding the knitting needles and yarn), you’ll pick this up much quicker. Oh, and there’ll be some easy homework which you’ll need for the next class.
In the final class, you’ll use your homework from the last class to make your first knitted project! By doing some magic sewing you’ll transform your homework sample into a bunny. These are so cute and easy to make! You’ll learn how to join knitted fabric and an easy way to make pompoms. This is a great place to finish the beginners knitting course, because now you can use the basic stitch patterns to make cushion covers, bags, scarves and throws: anything that is based on a square or rectangle!
“Nicki is an excellent teacher and with clear step-by-step instructions, all materials and knitting needles, I really enjoyed learning how to knit (and actually did)! It was great to be able to make a complete project.”
When does the beginners knitting course take place?
19:00 – 21:00, Tuesday evenings, 2, 9 & 23 October 2018.
Where is the Being Knitterly Studio?
The Being Knitterly Studio is based in Loughborough, north Leicestershire. Full details and directions will be sent to you upon booking.
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