Knitting Crash Course: Learn to Knit It Now
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Knitting Crash Course: Learn to Knit It Now

Quick start course to knit one customisable project in 1 hour's teaching total.
4.1 (221 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
7,937 students enrolled
Created by Emily Woodhouse
Last updated 11/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • Cast on and cast off
  • Knit and purl - the two fundamental knitting stitches.

  • Make a scarf of their own in custom colours and sizes.

  • You'll need a pair of knitting needles and some yarn.
  • You'll also need a darning needle and a pair of scissors.
  • You can do the whole course with 4mm needles and Double Knitting yarn, but we'll talk all about what you need in the "What You Need to Know About Knitting" section.

This quick and easy course will get you up and knitting in under 1 hour.

Fed up of scrolling through YouTube, trying to find clear and understandable knitting videos? Incomplete step-by-step tutorials driving you crazy? 

This course has what you're looking for. I start at the beginning and teach you the very basics of knitting, never assuming prior knowledge. You'll quickly be ready to make your first project: a scarf in whichever size, colour and length you like!

  • Learn the 2 stitches behind every knitted fabric.
  • Master techniques like casting on, casting off and changing colour.
  • Delight your friends and family with a personalised, handmade scarf.
  • Understand types of yarn and how to read a yarn band.

Learning to knit is a useful skill that will stick with you for life.

Not only is it a rewarding and creative craft, it has been shown to improve your memory and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. The regular rhythms of knitting are scientifically proven to act as stress relief, as a form of meditation and mindfulness.

Most of these in depth, quick start tutorials come straight from my larger (over 9 hours) course Learn to Knit It: Complete 7 Simple Projects. It is a full zero to hero course for beginner knitters, taking them from little or no experience to a confident beginner knitter.

Content and Overview

Starting with a quick overview of tools and materials you can find in a knitting shop, you'll go straight in and learn the two most important knitted stitches: knit and purl. To practice these techniques, you'll immediately get to use them in a project and knit a multicoloured scarf. Once your scarf is completed, I give you guidance about where to go next in the world of knitting.

What Will I Get?

Students who have completed this course will be able to approach knitting patterns with confidence and have the knowledge to create unique knitted items. You'll also receive:

  • Useful guides such as yarn weight and needle size charts
  • 'Knit-a-longs' so you are NEVER left alone with a cryptic knitting pattern.
  • Help and support from me right the way through.

Who this course is for:
  • Brand new wannabie knitters
  • New knitters who are fed up of trawling through YouTube and want to learn knitting quickly
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:13:16
+ Introduction
1 lecture 00:57

A quick welcome to the course and how it's going to work.

Welcome to the Course!
+ What You Need to Know to Get Started with Knitting
2 lectures 18:05

Learn about all the different types of tools a knitter might have and - most importantly - the three items you'll need to do this course.

Tools of the Trade

A not so short guide to all the different types of yarn you can buy and how we measure yarn thickness.

A Little Guide to Yarn
+ Secret: The Two Stitches Behind Every Knitted Fabric
4 lectures 14:58

You're all ready to learn how to knit, but first we need to put stitches onto the needles by casting on.

How to Start: Casting On

How to knit a stitch, the most important stitch you'll ever learn!


How to purl a stitch, the second most important stitch.


How to finish off a piece of knitting by casting off (binding off in US) to remove it from the needles.

How to Finish: Casting Off
+ Let's Make a Scarf
6 lectures 38:08

Introduction to making a scarf.

About the Project

Welcome to your first Knit-a-long! We'll start knitting your first scarf by casting on and choosing which stitch to practice. Be sure to knit along at the same time as me for the best learning experience.

Knit-a-Long: Starting Out

In this lecture, we'll learn how to add a different ball of yarn so that we can change colour. Wait until you've reached the place you want to make a stripe before knitting along with this video. You might need this is you're making a really long scarf in just one colour.

KAL: Changing Colours

Just me giving you an extra explanation of 'right side' and 'wrong side' of the colour change, now that I've knitted a bit more of my scarf.

KAL: A Bit More About Changing Colour

When you've knitted your scarf to as long as you want, watch this lecture to cast off. This will take your project off the needles, ready for the finishing touches.

KAL: Casting Off

Nearly there! In the last lecture of this project, I show you how to weave in all of those loose ends so that no one ever knows they were there. They can be our little secret.

KAL: Weaving In Ends
+ Well Done!
1 lecture 01:08

Well done! This lecture will tell you how to share your achievement with other knitters and where to look for more free resources.

Where Do I Go Now?