Ideal for beginners who want to learn how to knit however it is available to anyone who requires assistance with their own work.
bring your own project or purchase a kit on the day
BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRIED
Beginner’s Knitting Course
Starting Friday 11th February 10:30am-12:30pm
Teacher: Monique Hudson
Cost: $35/week + own supplies
To book: email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 07 21031121
Knit your first 2 projects over 4 weeks from patterns supplied by Monique
Over the duration of the course we’ll cover all your basic skills. Your first project will teach you cast on, knit and cast off. Your second project will revise cast on, knit and cast off, and teach purl, increase and decrease. I’ll show you how to retrieve the inevitable dropped stitches and how to embrace ‘design features’ (mistakes) or fix them. We’ll discuss tension and gauge and why they’re important for many projects.
What to bring:
- 4mm needles (circular encouraged, even though projects are worked flat)
- 150g DK/8ply acrylic or wool, or acrylic/wool blend
- 3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook (for retrieving dropped stitches and fixing mistakes)
- yarn needle
Notes on needle choice:
- Cheap straight needles are ok for your first project or two BUT, like any craft or trade, the quality of your tools has an impact on the quality of your work and the pleasure you get from doing it.
- Cheap circular needles are rarely ok in my experience - the join between the cable and needle tip usually fails (and when it does, it will be half way through a row and you’ll drop your stitches). Also, the cables on cheap circular needles usually have a mind of their own and kink and twist making working with them very difficult and likely to put knitters off circular needles for life.
- I encourage all knitters to use good quality circular needles for all projects, regardless of if the work is flat in rows or circular in rounds. They have many advantages over straight needles, such as being much less likely to get bent or broken by being sat on, and making dropping stitches while the project is unattended or being carried to class much less likely. 80cm length is a good general purpose length to select.
- The choice of wood, plastic, carbon or metal is personal preference based on how they feel in your hands. Make sure whatever needles you choose are smooth, smoother than a baby’s bum, otherwise your knitting will get stuck and you’ll become frustrated trying to move the stitches along the needles.
If you’d like advice and help selecting your materials, please ask your teacher or the staff at MMC - it’s what we’re here for.