What is the course about?
The basics and beyond of hand knitting. You will be taught a variety of hand knit techniques and make practice swatches of each for reference. The course will cover pattern reading and abbreviations on patterns and terminology.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"This course has given me a lot of new ideas about knitting."
What will we cover?
- You will be taken through a variety of basic stitches using 5mm needles and basic cream yarn (casting on and off, knit, purl, rib in all its variation, fancy ribs, increasing and decreasing).
- You will learn how to stripe, sew up knitted pieces, play with the basic knit and purl stitches, read patterns and be encouraged to begin to knit a project from a pattern.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic hand knitting techniques
- Demonstrate confidence in working with hand knitting
- Develop and produce several sample swatches of the basic techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for beginners, no knowledge of knitting is needed, but you may already know the very basic knit stitch, or have learned it years ago, but lack confidence in applying it and do not know how to read patterns or use other basic stitches.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be hands on, with learning achieved through repetition and practicing the basic techniques of hand knitting. You will be taught by demonstration, group and individual tuition. You will be taken through the techniques with a group demonstration and then individually as necessary.
Each separate technique will be practiced and then a sample made for reference in a file or sketchbook. Each student is encouraged to begin a knitting techniques folder or book in which to keep samples, swatches, the handouts and any note taking you find useful.
There will be recommendations for relevant books and shops and a website list which will help develop your skills outside the class. Students will be encouraged to practice each new technique throughout the week in between every class to ensure progression. Advice will be given on other courses and classes to develop skills learnt.
Each separate technique will be practised, and then a sample made for reference in a file or sketchbook. Each student is encouraged to begin a knitting techniques folder or book in which to keep samples, swatches, the handouts and any note taking you find useful. There will be recommendations for relevant books and shops and a website list which will help develop your skills outside the class.
You will be encouraged to practise each new technique throughout the week in between every class to ensure progression.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are asked to bring a pair of 5mm needles and a ball of cream wool (correct thickness for needle size).
Basic yarns and extra needles for swatching will be provided but you are encouraged to bring along any needles or yarns you may wish to use. Sketch books and/or a folder are also advisable so you can collect visual information, store swatches, record any new techniques and collect hand outs.
Digital cameras are also useful to record any new stitches/fabric and mark making done during the course.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX985: Hand knitting for improvers
VX110: Crochet for beginners
VX122: Crochet for improvers.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details