Hand knitting for improvers
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VX985
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course aims to teach the more complicated stitches and structures of hand knitting, beyond simple stocking stitch, garter stitch and rib, and encourages the knitter to utilise these structures within their own projects.
You will learn more complex knitting structures such as Lace, cables and Aran knitting, working from charts and reading patterns.
What will we cover?
- Advanced stitches and their application - you will be taken through a variety of more complex stitches and, basic Aran yarn such as shaping, textural stitches, lace knitting, cables/Aran knitting.
- Working in the round with double pointed needles and circular needles
- Professional finishing techniques
- Pattern reading advice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a greater knowledge of various weights to knit with and when to use them
- Demonstrate knowledge of complex stitches and structures and, how to apply them
- Understand the importance of tension in working patterns and be able to work confidently from a pattern
- Produce several swatches of the stitches learned.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course. It is ideal for learners moving on from the beginners’ course and for knitters who feel they are a little rusty and want to build upon their existing knitting skills.
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 use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course is practical, with learning achieved through repetition and practicing advanced techniques of hand knitting. You will be taken through the techniques with a group demonstration and then individually when necessary to produce your samples. Each student is encouraged to keep a knitting techniques folder or book for samples, swatches and, any note taking you find useful.
There will be recommendations for relevant books and shops and a resources list to help you develop your skills outside the class. Students are encouraged to practice each new technique in between sessions to ensure progression and, research knitting patterns and designs in order to create an understanding of the techniques and textures they want to achieve.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course however, you are encouraged to bring along any needles or yarns you may wish to use. Advice will be given during the course. You are asked to bring a pair of 5mm or 6mm needles and a ball of cream wool (correct thickness for needle size).
Sketch books and/or a folder are also advisable so you can collect visual information, store swatches, record any new techniques and collect handouts.
Digital cameras will be useful to record any new stitches/fabric and mark making created during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a breadth of courses in Textiles and Contemporary Crafts for beginners to advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website to view our upcoming courses.
Claire Montgomerie is a textiles designer, author, stylist, teacher and craft editor. She was the editor of Inside Crochet for many years and is now stylist and Photoshoot Editor for the publication. She teaches knitting and crochet workshops and courses and writes books. Her most recent craft book is Hooked, a crochet guide for beginners published by Parragon. The main aim of her work is to reinvent the products of ancient and traditionalneedlecraft processes, while retaining all their intricacies and comforting charm!
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.