Learn to Knit It: Complete 7 Simple Projects

Introduction to knitting: from absolute zero to confident beginner knitter in one accessible course.
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  • Lectures 78
  • Length 9.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2016 English

Course Description

Learn the popular craft of knitting, step by step, through detailed tutorials and interesting projects.

Develop your skills by making actual knitted items, designed to be flexible and newbie friendly.

  • Learn the 4 most common, patterned stitches and how to invent your own.
  • Master techniques like increasing and decreasing through accessible projects, designed exclusively for this course.
  • Delight your friends and family with 7 personalised, handmade knits.
  • Understand how to read knitting patterns and even create your own patterned charts.


Ever been frustrated by picture knitting tutorials that seem to have huge gaps between steps? Or felt overwhelmed by hundreds of knitting terms and techniques, but not known where to start?

This course takes you from absolutely never knitted and guides you gently through your first steps. Each project has been designed with a beginner in mind. They slowly increase in complexity the more you learn, so you are never left behind or bored.

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. 

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 cement these techniques, you'll immediately get to use them in a project and knit a multicoloured scarf.

With these two fundamental stitches under your belt, we'll go on to learn how different combinations can create a whole range of different patterns. First you'll learn how to knit in stocking/stockinette stitch and make a teddy bear.

Then you'll discover rib stitch (that stretchy bit at the bottom of most jumpers). The first project, a phone pouch, recaps stocking stitch and let's you have a go at rib stitch. Then you'll use rib stitch, increasing and decreasing, to make a pair of fingerless gloves.

Patterned stitch number four is moss/seed stitch, but the beanie hat you'll make uses rib and stocking stitch too. You can even learn to make a PomPom for the top!

Finally, the course will reveal how to knit any picture or pattern you like, using a clever pattern chart. You'll put together everything you've learnt to make a cushion cover and blanket.

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:

  • Complete knitting pattern for each project
  • Useful guides such as yarn weights, needle size and abbreviations
  • 9.5 hours of lectures including 'Knit-a-longs' so you are NEVER left alone with a cryptic knitting pattern.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Knit beginner patterns with confidence.
  • Understand how to read knitting patterns and charts.
  • Make seven projects: a scarf, teddy, pouch, gloves, hat, cushion cover and blanket.
  • Cast on and off, increase, decrease and change colours between rows.

What is the target audience?

  • Brand new wannabie knitters
  • Beginner knitters who are struggling with basic skills
  • New knitters who want to add structure to what they are learning themselves

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Welcome to the Course!
Preview
02:31
A Sneak Preview of the Beautiful Projects You'll Be Making
Preview
04:50
Section 2: What You Need to Know About Knitting
11:23

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.

14:52

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

3 questions

Just for fun - check you understand what we've learnt in this section.

Section 3: Secret: The Two Stitches Behind Every Knitted Fabric
03:54

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

03:30

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

03:58

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

03:36

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

4 questions

Just for fun - check you understand what we've learnt in this section.

Section 4: Project 1: Scarf
04:05

Introduction to the project

12:23

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.

05:26

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. If you want to make a scarf in all one colour, then watch anyway because we'll use this technique for our teddy bear in project two!

02:50

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.

05:50

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.

07:34

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.

How Did You Find It?
1 question
Section 5: Congratulations, Now You're a Knitter!
03:34

Let's find out what happens if we knit and purl alternate rows.

06:49

Learn how to make shapes with right angles, by casting stitches on and off. We'll use this technique in the next project.

Understanding Knitting Patterns
03:03
3 questions

Just for fun - check you understand what we've learnt in this section.

Section 6: Project 2: Teddy Bear
02:38

Introduction to Project 2: the teddy bear. Find out what he looks like and what you'll need to make him.

07:40

Let's get started on our teddy bear! In this lecture, we start to knit one of his legs from the foot upwards.

04:07

Knit a second leg for your teddy bear - but make sure you cast on to the needle WITHOUT the other leg on it!

07:45

Now we have two legs, we can join them together and knit up to our bear's waist.

05:08

Next, we change colour for the jumper and knit up to the bear's armpits - just before we start to make the arms.

08:47

At this point, we cast on one arm at a time and start to knit them.

13:35

Here, we'll finish off the arms, by casting off the stitches we added on either side.

05:59

We'll make some shoulder shaping before starting on the teddy bear's head.

08:20

In this lecture we finish off the head and knit a pair of little ears.

17:17

How to join your two halves together and add a face.

16:53

The final step to bring out teddy bear to life - make him a 3 dimensional being!

Section 7: From Newbie to Beginner
05:59

Let's see what happens if we knit and purl different stitches on the SAME row. Spoiler: it's stripey.

03:58

We'll learn how to add stitches in the middle of a row. The pattern abbreviation for this increase is kfb.

03:19

Next, we'll see how you can decrease mid row. It's really simple - we just knit or purl two stitches together. The pattern abbreviation is k2tog or p2tog respectively.

3 questions

Just for fun - check you understand what we've learnt in this section.

Section 8: Project 3: (Phone) Pouch
01:59

Introduction to Project 3: the phone (or indeed anything) pouch. You'll see what a finished one looks like and what you need to make one.

15:21

Start off your knitted pouch by using our new technique - rib stitch.

06:11

Once you've finished your rib stitch band, swap back to our old friend stocking stitch to complete the pouch.

01:42

A brief explanation of how to know when enough is enough and the object you're covering will fit into the pouch. Don't forget to make another matching side!

16:29

Here's how you make up the pouch by sewing around three edges (but not four or you can't get the phone in!). Bonus bit at the end where you'll see a rare antique specimen of the early mobile phone industry...

Section 9: Project 4: Fingerless Gloves
02:15

Introduction to Project 4: a pair of fingerless gloves. You'll see what they look like and find out what you need to make them.

10:37

Cast on and begin to knit in rib from the bottom of the glove.

03:07

Knit (in my case very quickly!) to the bottom of the thumb hole of your glove.

06:28

Knit along rows 26 and 27 of the pattern to make the thumb hole.

06:29

Knit along rows 28 and 29 of the pattern to make the thumb hole.

06:13

Knit along rows 30 and 31 of the pattern to make the thumb hole.

08:35

Knit along with rows 32 and 33, with an extra part about how to deal with the optional part of the pattern in italics.

06:49

Start increasing again, to replace those removed at the bottom of the thumb hole.

09:00

Finish off the thumb hole shaping by increasing back up to the original number of stitches.

07:41

After the thumb hole, you need to knit a few more rows in rib until you reach your knuckles.

05:36

Make a nice, neat edging to the finger end of your gloves by casting off in knit.

12:53

Finish off your glove by stitching down the side seam.

Section 10: More Techniques...
05:04

What's left? Why don't we try alternating knits and purls on one row and matching them with knits and purls on the next row?

04:05

Learn how to read a chart and see confusing knitting patterns transformed into a picture that actually looks like your finished knitting. Absolute must for visual learners.

06:14

Take what you've learnt in the last lecture to be able to create any pattern you like from just knits and purls.

2 questions

Just for fun - check you understand what we've learnt in this section.

Section 11: Project 5: Beanie Hat (with optional PomPom!)
03:23

Introduction to Project 5: a hat, with optional PomPom. See what you need to make it and how silly it looks on my head.

11:04

Start, as ever, by casting on. Begin with the rib edging.

04:35

Next, make a stocking stitch stripe. You know exactly how to do this by now!

09:24

Here's what we wanted to practice: make a moss stitch stripe.

00:55

A quick note on where to meet me next - you actually don't need to see me repeating things again.

14:56

Here comes the involved bit: we start with rows 51, 52 and 53 to decrease stitches evenly along the crown of the hat.

12:06

Knit along with me doing rows 54, 55 and 56. I spend a lot of time counting out loud because I can't talk and keep numbers in my head!

04:11

Knit along with me on row 57. A little bit different because we break the decreasing pattern we'd established.

06:32

Nearly there! Knit along with me on rows 58 and 59. The more you decrease, the quicker your rows will go.

10:32

Knit along rows 60, 61 and 62. Don't despair when you realise that even a Maths degree can't help you count.

11:57

Finish off the crown shaping, by decreasing almost to a point. But don't cast off!

10:53

In this lecture, I'll show you how to make your hat into something more hat shaped!

16:08

A bonus lecture on how to make a PomPom. Not necessarily required for the project, but an important life skill.

05:51

How to attach your PomPom to the hat you've just made.

Section 12: Project 6 & 7: Cushion Cover and Blanket
04:19

Introduction to Projects 6 and 7 - how it's going to work and what you'll need to be able to do it.

14:30

Watch me knit an example square which I'll use in my cushion cover.

10:26

Watch me knit an example square which I'll use in my cushion cover.

14:20

Watch me knit an example square which I'll use in my cushion cover.
WATCH OUT: I miss off a margin row from the start. Don't make my mistake!

05:36
Watch me knit an example square which I'll use in my cushion cover.
09:09

How to start joining together all of the wonderful individual patches you've made. This is specifically for the cushion cover project.

13:59

Once you've turned your patches into lots of strips, you'll need to join these rows together. Don't join the all together just yet though - you need to think about zips and buttons. This is specifically for the cushion cover project.

07:57

In this lecture we'll talk about where to put a zip if you'd like to use one. Then I'll start to show you how to sew up the last seam on the cushion cover.

06:19

The last little bit (once I've got the table out of the way) to finish off the stitching at the back of your cushion.

06:17

How to start joining together all of the wonderful individual patches you've made. This is specifically for the blanket project.

05:22

How to make a neat finished edge for your blanket.

Section 13: Well Done!
03:12

Hooray! You made it! A personal congratulations and welcome to the big wide world of knitting.

03:58

How and where to find more patterns. Specifically a little introduction to Ravelry, the heart of the knitting community on the internet.

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Instructor Biography

Emily Woodhouse, Knitwear Designer and Adventurer

Emily Woodhouse knits. Prolifically. 

With 16 years of experience on her needles, there's no sign of her stopping yet.

In fact, she's been doing everything she can to bring more people to the movement. Teaching knitting classes since 2010 has helped her to understand what new and developing knitters want. She believes in a creative and flexible approach, based around projects that students actually want to make.

When she's not wrapped up in yarn (and sometimes when she is!) you can find her climbing mountains, pushing limits and sneaking into university libraries.

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