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Beginning to Knit: The Basics

An introduction to knitting, starting from the beginning. Learn what knitting is, how to select materials and supplies, how to knit and follow patterns, and more. Expect to spend a couple hours a week working on your projects (easily done while watching TV), and to read/watch videos to perfect your technique.

Lectures
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Prerequisites

$5 to $20 to spend on supplies (or yarn/knitting needles if you already own them), a camera or webcam would be useful for troubleshooting

Syllabus

Classes will begin on Sunday, August 26th, and will last 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how things go. The first week will be strictly background reading and learning how to select supplies, and the remainder of the class will involve hands-on experience. The majority of the technique will be self taught, though one-on-one help may be arranged via video chat. Each student can expect to work on two to three projects: A scarf or dishtowel, a hat, and a test pieces to work on new techniques. Expect to spend between $5 & $20 on materials throughout the course of the class depending on material choices.

Intro To Knitting: Week 1: What is knitting? A bit of history, comparison to other fiber arts, review of required materials, how to select yarn/needles, Review of other useful knitting supplies. Week 2: Basic Knitting: Casting on, knit stitch Week 3: Basic Knitting: Purl stitch, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, ribbing, seed stitch Week 4: The Next Step: Increases, Decreases, Binding off Week 5: Intro to Reading Patterns: gauge, selecting a suitable yarn, abbreviations Week 6: Knitting in the Round: Casting on, following a pattern Week 7: Fixing mixtakes: Frogging, picking up dropped stitches, etc Week 8: Finishing techniques: Blocking, washing, caring for your knit items

Additional information

Class info/lessons can be found at www.redditknitting.blogspot.com

Teacher qualifications

Published in Knitty magazine: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEw11/KSPATTsouthern.php

Latest Update
New Lesson (2012-09-17 14:14:24)

"Hey guys! Sorry for the late heads up--- I was on a road trip from Florida to South Carolina, and couldn't get my wifi hotspot to work. This week's lesson is now on the blog, where you'll be learning increases, decreases, and binding off. It's a pretty short lesson, but it should give you a grasp of the basics before we dive into knitting from patterns next week. As always, post questions on comments to /r/beginningtoknit. See you next week!

Christine"

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