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 students liked most about this course run in 2016/17:
"It is one of the most enjoyable courses I have been on. Not only did I learn a lot but it was huge fun. I was initially nervous about whether my level was sufficiently good to be part of the class. The teacher was lovely and made me feel reassured straight away."
What will we cover?
- Advanced stitches and their application - you will be taken through a variety of more complex stitches using 5mm needles 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 for learners moving on from the beginners’ course or for those knitters who feel they are a little rusty and want to improve 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?
The course will be hands on, with learning achieved through repetition and practicing the advanced techniques of 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 knitted techniques folder or book in which to keep samples, swatches, 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 the classes to ensure progression and also to research knitting patterns and designs in order that they have an idea of the techniques and textures they want to achieve.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students are asked to bring along a pair of 5 or 6 mm needles and a ball of cream wool (correct thickness for needle size) for practicing new advanced stitches. Sketch books or files are also advisable so you can collect visual information, record any new techniques and collect handouts.
Basic experimental materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring along any needles or fancy yarns and materials they may wish to use and experiment with.
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Digital cameras are also useful to record any new stitches/fabric 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?
You can go on to study VX965 Hand knitting: take your skills further. There are also a wide range of textile courses at City Lit, including courses in print, stitch, and felt-making incorporating knitted structures.
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