Knitting Class Overview
- Basic stitches that form the foundation of all knitting patterns
- How to choose the right tools and yarns for your project
- How to combine stitches to form new textures and knitted fabrics
- How to read a knitting pattern
- Make four different classic items: a baby blanket, a hat, a cowl and a sweater
Knitting Course Content
Diploma in Knitting
I Heart Yarn
In this knitting class, we'll discuss the difference between the various manmade and natural fibres, and how to choose the appropriate fibre and yarn gauge for their projects. Students will learn how to read a yarn label so that they can easily and correctly choose yarn for their knitting.
The Knitty Gritty
In this lesson, students will be introduced to the tools used to knit. They will learn how to identify the correct needles for a specific project and to understand sizing conventions and use a needle gauge. Students will also be shown how to make stitch markers from things found around the house.
A Star-studded Cast (On)
This is the first hands-on skill demonstration class. Students will be shown, step-by-step, how to cast yarn onto their needles in preparation for their first knitting project. They will learn three cast on methods and how to identify the appropriate cast on depending on the item they will be making.
Using video demonstrations and illustrations, students will learn the difference between continental and English style knitting. Using the continental style, students will be shown how to make a knit stitch and how to knit back and forth to make the garter stitch. We will then learn how to get the knitted item off the needles by binding off our stitches.
Using video demonstrations and illustrations, students will learn the different methods for forming purl stitches. The Norwegian purl will be the focus of this lesson. It is a complicated method, however, it is significantly more ergonomical and worth the effort.
Let's Make Squares
In this online knitting class, students will use the purl stitch with the knit stitch to knit in rows to create the classic stockinette knit. Adding to their small stitch library, students will learn to make the moss stitch. Using the stitches learnt in lesson 4, 5, and 6 students will knit squares and bind them off to prepare for the next lesson.
Seams Like a Great Idea
Participants will learn how to block their knitting and why blocking is important. Using scrap yarn and a darning needle, students will learn how to sew their blocks together to make a baby blanket. We'll also discuss how to get creative with colours and stitches to design a blanket.
Students will learn how to finish their knitting neatly by weaving in ends. As an extra, students will be shown how to make and add tassels and/or pompoms to their blankets.
Intermediate in Knitting
Tear it Up: The Right Way to Rip Out Stitches
All knitters make mistakes. Learning how to fix those mistakes and how to futureproof your knitting is an invaluable skill to acquire. By the end of this knitting class students will know how to run lifelines to make ripping out stitches painless.
Oh, No! How to Spot Mistakes
Knowing when you've made a mistake can be difficult for a beginner. This lesson will teach students to read their stitches and how to tell when they've dropped a stitch or made one of the other common errors.
Feel the Tension
In order to produce a garment of the correct size students need to understand gauge and tension. This knitting class will also give tips on how to keep your tension consistent and how to correct tension which is too tight or too loose.
You Knit Me Right 'round
This lesson will show students how to knit in the round on circular needles, refreshing the cast on skill and demonstrating a few different methods of joining to knit in the round. Students will also learn how to knit garter stitch and stockinette in the round. The stitches are opposite to the methods for knitting flat, but easy to follow.
Decreasing stitches is an essential skill to create different shapes when knitting. This skill will be necessary to complete the project for this module. Decreasing across a round seems like a complicated bit of mathematics, but is in fact a simple task. This 'knitting maths' is a valuable tool which we will revisit in later modules for different purposes which will be mentioned in this lesson.
Ribbing is an impressive skill which is incredibly simple to master. This knitting class will take the student through the process step-by-step and use the 'reading your stitches' information to help avoid mistakes and accidental moss stitch. We will also practice casting off in pattern and look at some easy variations on the classic 1x1 rib stitch.
Let's Make a Hat Part One
In this lesson, students will learn how to use double pointed needles (DPNs) to knit small circumferences in the round. The magic loop methods will also be demonstrated for students who don't wish to purchase DPNs or who find it cumbersome. We will then cast on and join in the round and knit the rib rows for the start of our simple hat. A simplified pattern will be provided to help the students count their rows and get ready for the more complicated part two.
Let's Make a Hat Part Two
The second part of Let's Knit a Hat will show how to knit in the round, count rows and stitches, and decrease stitches to form the crown of the beanie. Once completed, we'll refresh our knowledge on finishing techniques and learn how to block a hat in three dimensions.
Advanced in Knitting
Working in Two Colours
The aim of this lesson is to familiarise students with joining new yarn to a project, whether in the same colour or a different colour. We'll learn to weave our ends in as we go and knit rows of stripes, keeping count of our rows with some easy tricks.
Following a Colour Chart
In lesson two students will learn about colour charts: how they work, how to read them, and where to find them. This online knitting class will provide a brief overview of the different colourwork methods, including intarsia, slip stitch, mosaic, and fair isle. We'll learn to use stitch markers as signposts for motif repeats and how to use a smartphone to check contrast and colour.
Knitting Fair Isle
Starting with a brief history of fair isle knitting, this lesson will introduce students to traditional designs and motifs. Next students will learn how to knit with two strands of yarn to form patterns. We'll demonstrate continental methods, English methods, how to knit using both hands and tips for avoiding tangles.
To knit in Fair Isle, or any other colourwork method, one needs to be able to catch the unused threads in the back of the work to avoid catching and tangling the dangling threads when the garment is complete. This lesson will teach students how to catch a float using the twist method and the locking method, as well as what to bear in mind to avoid floats in your colourwork.
More Than Two Colours
Knitting with more than two colours at the same time is much trickier than one would expect after mastering two-colour knitting. This class will show students tips and tricks for avoiding the common pitfalls. We'll also learn about avoiding float peeking, tension issues, and how to put colours on hold without cutting the yarn.
Creating Your Own Chart
Knitting is so much fun in part because of the endless options for customisation and personalisation. In this online class we'll learn how to create our own knitting charts using online resources and excel spreadsheets. Next we'll learn how to do the next bit of knitting maths to be able to plug our motifs and designs into an existing pattern.
This is an advanced lesson which introduces students to one of the scarier knitting technique. while students will not be practicing steeking, there will be demonstrations to show them how the method works to trun a sweater into a cardigan by cutting open your knitting.
Let's Knit a Cowl
In this Let's Knit, students will be knitting a very simple cowl in the round, without increases or decreases, using a simplified pattern and colour chart. We'll refresh how to read a chart and keep our two colours from tangling. Students will be reminded to bind off, weave in the ends, and block their finished cowls.
Proficient in Knitting
Methods for Knitting a Sweater
This online class will describe the various ways in which one can knit a sweater. We'll start by looking at knitting flat and seaming your pieces then knitting in the round from top to bottom or bottom to top.
Reading a Pattern
In previous modules, students used simplified patterns with no technical acronyms or abbreviations. In this lesson students will look at examples of knitting patterns, becoming familiar with the terminology and with reading brackets and size conventions. Students will also go through the pattern they will be using to knit their sweater.
Students will learn how to work out how much yarn they'll need to knit a large project and how to work out what size to make. Additionally, we'll revise our pattern maths to work out how to add motifs to our sweater pattern.
Everyone knits a little differently which is why knitting up a swatch is a step that should never be skipped. In this lesson students will learn how to swatch flat, in the round, and in fair isle. Once we've swatched for gauge, we'll cast on our sweater.
Increases are just as important as decreases for shaping knit garments, toys, and decor items, but they can be significantly trickier. This knitting lesson will demystify M1L and M1R stitches and provide students with some other simple increase methods to make the increase rounds on their sweaters.
Splitting for Sleeves
It's time to split our top down sweater to make sleeves. We'll learn how to do this simple procedure and place stitches on hold to be knit later. When the sleeves are ready to be knit we'll learn how to pick up stitches to complete the round and revise how to knit a small circumference in the round. Additionally students will learn how to use two sets of circular needles to knit in the round to avoid using DPNs or magic loops.
Button Bands and Button Holes
This is an advanced lesson which will demonstrate how to add a button band and button holes to the front of a cardigan. students might wish to experiment with knitting cardigans flat or with steeking. These methods will help them to finish those projects neatly.
OMG, you did it!
In this last lesson of this knitting course, we'll encounter blocking diagrams and learn how to use them to get the best fir from our sweaters. We'll learn how to block sleeves and the more challenging shoulders. Students will briefly revisit binding off in pattern, weaving in ends, and caring for our handknits.