How to Knit short courses for Beginners and Improvers
I’m running my popular How to Knit short courses in November this year and January next year. Let me tell you about them.
When do the How to Knit courses take place?
Each short course lasts for three classes and the classes will take place from 19:00–21:00 on Tuesday evenings. The How to Knit short courses will take place during November 2019 and January 2020.
When you book any of my knit short courses, taking place from September 2019, you will be able to choose the dates for each class. If you would like to book one course (either beginners or improvers) you select three of the possible seven dates. After you book, I’ll email you to find out whether you are a beginner or improver. If you would like to book both courses you select six of the seven dates. There are five places in each class.
Recently, a few people have only been able to attend two out of three classes for a course, so I’m hoping that allowing you to choose the dates for your classes will mean that you will be able to come to all of them. If you find you cannot attend one class you may be able to change to another provided there is a place. And if you would like an extra session, that may also be possible. Or if you did the beginners’ course a while ago, you may be able to book a refresher class before you start the improvers’ course.
People in a class may be all beginners or all improvers or a mixture of both. When I’ve run classes in this way the beginners have enjoyed seeing what someone with a little more experience can do, whereas improvers benefited from seeing how far they have progressed in a few classes. And improvers who did not learn with me have picked up tips about techniques when I’m teaching beginners.
Where is the Being Knitterly Studio?
The Being Knitterly Studio is based in Loughborough, north Leicestershire. I’ll email you directions after you book.
Why should you come to these knitting short courses?
You might be a new knitter (you’ve never tried), a beginner knitter (you’ve tried to learn from books or videos or you just prefer to learn with a tutor) or an improver knitter (you have already done the How to Knit for Beginners short course with me, or you haven’t but can cast on and off and treble crochet stitches and make a basic granny square, but are not sure what to try next).
The most important thing is that you want to learn and you are ready to learn the basic stitches or some more techniques. You’ll have so much fun trying different things in each class and learning with other crocheters. I’ll provide a crochet hook for beginners and yarn for everyone’s samples and projects.
I’ll also provide delicious homemade biscuits and a variety of hot drinks.
How will you learn?
I’ll demonstrate each stitch, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you crochet 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.
What will you learn if you’re a beginner?
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 understand simple pattern instructions.
In the first class, you’ll learn how to hold the knitting needles and yarn whilst practicing 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 practice 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 knit and purl stitches. 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 change between knit and purl stitches during a row. This will enable you to knit ribs and moss stitch. And, because you learnt the difficult things last week (holding the knitting needles and yarn), you’ll pick this up much quicker. And you will start a knitting small simple project which you will finish at home ready for the next class.
In the final class, you’ll learn how to sew a seam using mattress stitch. You’ll use this to turn to your knitting from last week into a fingerless mitten. You will also knit a couple of knit-purl patterns that you can use for scarves or blankets. This is a great place to finish the beginner’s knitting course because now you knit some simple scarves, throws and fingerless mittens!
“This was a fantastic course. Now I have the confidence to embark on a project to knit a blanket.”
What will you learn if you’re an improver?
You’ll learn to:
- Make sure your finished projects are the right size.
- Change colour.
- Increase and decrease neatly.
- Keep edges neat.
- Sew seams.
- Knitting in the round.
- Read simple knitting patterns.
In each of the three classes, you will start making a small project following a simple pattern. Each project will use more techniques so that by the end of the third class you’ll be able to make a variety of accessories using simple stitches.
In the first class, you’ll learn about the different parts in a knitting pattern by looking at a pattern for a simple cowl. The cowl is made using a rib and a basketweave pattern which will be familiar if you have done the beginners’ course. You’ll find out how to make sure that your project comes out the right size. As you knit the cowl you’ll learn about different ways to keep track of where you are when working on a project. You’ll also learn how to make neat edges. You’ll know everything necessary to finish knitting your cowl at home.
In the second class, you will join the sides of your cowl from the last class using mattress stitch and learn how to finish ends. You’ll learn how to decrease stitches, then you’ll start making a baby-sized simple beanie hat. The hat is made using a rib and stocking stitch so there’s no new stitches; you’ll change colour after the rib. You’ll learn how to use decreases to shape the crown of the hat. Again, you’ll know everything necessary to finish knitting your hat at home.
In the final class, you’ll learn how to knit in the round. You’ll make a small simple mitten. You’ll learn how to increase stitches so that you can make a gusseted thumb, as well as using decreases to shape the mitten top. You will leave knowing how to knit a simple cowl, hat, and mittens. You’ll be amazed how more confident you are at reading knitting instructions and you’ll finish the improvers’ knitting course ready to try out other patterns.
“I was thrilled with the new skills I learned and am eagerly looking forward to the next course. Meanwhile, I will be tackling some projects on my own that I wouldn’t have felt confident to try before this course.”
How to Knit short courses
How to Knit for Beginners and Improvers – for each course choose a class on three of the following dates:
- November 2019 & January 2020: 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 14 Jan, 21 Jan & 28 Jan.
- May–June 2020: 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June & 23 June.
How to Crochet short courses
How to Crochet for Beginners and Improvers – for each course choose a class on three of the following dates:
- February–March 2020: 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March & 24 March.
- September–October 2020: dates to be confirmed.