Beginners’ Knitting Course

Tutor: Karen Rogers
Length: 7.5 hours
Max Learners: 4

This three week course covers all of the basics of knitting – including basic knit stitch, purling, casting on and casting off!

Who Is This Course For?

This course is for those with no knowledge of knitting or those who used to knit a long time ago in a land far far away. You must have a desire to knit and a good helping of perseverance. The minimum age for this course is 11, and children must be accompanied by adults at all times.


These sessions will be relaxed and focus on skill building and gaining confidence to attempt more complex patterns after completing the course.

Session One:

We will look at how to cast on using two needles and how to do knit stitch. We will start to make a small project such as a mobile phone sock, glasses case or mug hug.

Session Two:

We will check you have got the hang of knit stitch, casting on and off and then start on making a cute rabbit or chick. This pattern involves simple shaping including increasing and decreasing stitches while working in garter stitch. We will also start to look at pattern reading in this session.

Session Three:

We will have a go at purling and move on to combining these basic stitches to create different effects – these combinations are known as garter stitch, stocking stitch and moss stitch. We will look at how this is shown in knitting patterns to help increase your confidence to work independently after the course.

You will receive a knitting portfolio which will contain instructions for all skills covered, spaces to display your skill building work and patterns for all the mini projects covered.

What Should I Bring With Me?

Just bring yourself as you will receive your beginners knitting kit (see right).

The kit will include 2 sets of knitting needles (4mm and 10mm), a knitters needle, small scissors and 2 balls of double knitting yarn.

All specialist wool and accessories for the mini projects will be provided in the sessions.

What Do I Take Home?

All the skills you learn, all the work you produce during the sessions, your portfolio (instructions/patterns) and your beginner’s knitting kit.


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Seriously I'm going to cry, I'm just so happy I can't believe how much I've made in the last 5 weeks!

Anonymous from Chesterfield


Anonymous from Chesterfield

Seriously I'm going to cry, I'm just so happy I can't believe how much I've made in the last 5 weeks!


Minimum Age: 11

Skills Required: None

Session Length: 2.5 hours

Number of Sessions: 3

Things To Bring: Just Yourself