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Hand Knitting for Beginners Short Course

Course description

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

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

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


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

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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



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.)
Meet the Tutor:

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

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