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Hand Knitting for Beginners

Hand Knitting for Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alice Wellbeloved


This course is a fun introduction to hand knitting, with an emphasis on developing an experimental approach to your knitting.

Each week a different group of stitches will be covered. You will begin with a range of fundamental stitches before learning more complex techniques such as bobbles, shaping, cables, grafting and many more.

Needles and basic yarns will be provided, and you will also source your own experimental yarns, exploring colour, texture, gauge, composition and pattern as you learn about creating your own designs.

By the end of the course you will have completed a technical reference of all stitches learned, as well as having developed a portfolio of experimental swatches and understanding your own creative handwriting.

Course Level - Beginners

Who is this course aimed at?
Anyone with an interest in learning to handknit or improve their existing handknitting skills

What will I take away from this course?

  • A thorough grounding of basic stitches, as well as some experimental stitches - and the ability to continue unaided!
  • A reference book, sampler of basic stitches
  • Skills to develop your own original designs and stitches
  • Some intermediate level techniques
  • Experimental approach to knitting

What are the key topics the course will cover?

  • Basic knit stitches
  • Some intermediate knit stitches
  • Yarn sourcing
  • Swatch design
  • Awareness of colour and pattern
  • Yarn terminology and gauge

How will the course be taught?
Practical workshops with weekly homework

Course Outline:

Lesson 1 Introduction, show and tell, basics - casting  on, simple stitches, etc.

Lesson 2 Building up a portfolio of basic stitches. Increase and decrease

Lesson 3 Rib and moss stitch. Yarn sourcing

Lesson 4 Cables and Bobbles

Lesson 5 Designing swatches, composition, colour

Lesson 6 Initialising projects - individual tutorials

Lesson 7 Project development

Lesson 8 Project development

Lesson 9 Individual project conclusion

Lesson 10 Individual project conclusion

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Alice Wellbeloved has worked as head knitwear designer for numerous luxury brands including Christian Lacroix, Sonia Rykiel and Viktor and Rolf.  She also teaches textiles, fashion and knitwear at Foundation and BA level at Central Saint Martins. Alice has a BA in Textile Design and an MA in Fashion Knitwear from Central Saint Martins. 


Materials to be provided by students, please bring to the first class:

  • Scissors
  • Yarns
  • Needles of varying sizes

Material supplied by Central Saint Martins:

  • One pair of 6/7mm needles per student
  • Some basic yarns (cotton, acrylic, etc.)

Available dates