Learn to Knit It: Complete 7 Simple Projects
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Introduction to knitting: from absolute zero to confident beginner knitter in one accessible course.
4.8 (13 ratings)
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141 students enrolled
Created by Emily Woodhouse
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 9.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • 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.

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.
Who 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
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Curriculum For This Course
78 Lectures
What You Need to Know About Knitting
2 Lectures 26:15

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 thickness.

A Little Guide to Yarn

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

Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
3 questions
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.

Preview 03:54

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

Stitch 1: Knit

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

Stitch 2: Purl

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

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

Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
4 questions
Project 1: Scarf
6 Lectures 38:08

Introduction to the project

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. 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!

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

How Did You Find It?
1 question
Congratulations, Now You're a Knitter!
3 Lectures 13:26

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

Stocking or Stockinette Stitch

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

Making Shapes by Casting On and Off

Understanding Knitting Patterns

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

Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
3 questions
Project 2: Teddy Bear
11 Lectures 01:38:09

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

About the Project

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

Knit-a-long: Legs

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

KAL: More Legs!

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

KAL: Joined at the Waist

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

KAL: Body and Arms

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

KAL: Moving Outwards - Let's Make Arms!

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

KAL: Casting off the Arms (Plus Bonus Chat with Emily)

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

KAL: Head and Shoulders (Nothing to do with Shampoo)

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

KAL: Head and Ears

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

KAL: Putting the Pieces Together

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

KAL: Get Stuffed
From Newbie to Beginner
3 Lectures 13:16

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

Rib Stitch

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

How to Increase

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.

How to Decrease

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

Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge
3 questions
Project 3: (Phone) Pouch
5 Lectures 41:42

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.

About the Project

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

Knit-a-long: Rib It! (Like a Frog)

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

KAL: Swapping Back to Stocking

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!

KAL: A Two Minute Wonder Lecture

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...

KAL: Sew Around Three Edges
Project 4: Fingerless Gloves
12 Lectures 01:25:43

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.

About the Project

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

Knit-a-long: Let's Start with a Cuff

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

KAL: 23 Rows of Superfast Knitting!

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

KAL: Starting the Thumb Hole (Rows 26 and 27)

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

KAL: Making the Thumb Hole (Rows 28 and 29)

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

KAL: Even More Thumb Hole (Rows 30 and 31)

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

KAL: Row 32, Row 33 and What to Do if You Have Big Hands

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

KAL: Gimme More Stitches (Rows 34 and 35)

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

KAL: The Home Run (Rows 36, 37 and 38)

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

KAL: Knit to Your Fingers

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

KAL: Cast off Edging

Finish off your glove by stitching down the side seam.

KAL: A Tiny Bit of Stitching
More Techniques...
3 Lectures 15:23

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?

Moss or Seed Stitch

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.

How to Read a Chart

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

Invent Your Own Patterned Stitches

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

Pop Quiz - Test Your Knowledge
2 questions
3 More Sections
About the Instructor
Emily Woodhouse
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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, challenging expectations and sneaking into university libraries.