Knitting Beginners

Learn the basic techniques for knitting and how to follow a simple pattern. Develop your skills through making samples and personal projects.

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at people with no previous knowledge of knitting and for those wanting to broaden their skills and techniques to take on more challenging projects.

What does this course cover

This course is an introduction to knitting. Basic knitting techniques will be learnt including casting on, knit and purl stitches, casting off, increase, decrease and to read and follow a simple pattern to make a small accessory.

We will discuss different aspects of knitting and how they may be used to make functional pieces to wear, jewellery or items for the home as well as artists and crafts people who use knitting to make sculptural pieces too.

Students will have time to work on their own personal projects and those with some experience can have a go at more challenging techniques which may include complex stitch patterns, experimenting with none traditional materials and felted knitting techniques.

1.Basic understanding of knitting techniques

2.Use materials and knitting techniques creatively

3.Understand basic colour theory and its importance to knitted textiles.

4.Have evaluative skills in relation to your own and others' work.

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
Written handouts with visual diagrams.
One-to-one teaching.
Group discussions.

Learning methods:
Hands-on practical activities
Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.

Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.

Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Some materials will be supplied by the college and/or available to buy at cost price. Students need to provide materials for larger personal projects.

Students should bring a note book, pencil and pen. We do have a range of knitting needles for you to borrow but if you have your own, please bring these with you.

Gather visual research to inspire their projects. Visit relevant galleries and exhibitions. Source materials (a list of suppliers will be supplied). Continue and complete work as required.

What this course could lead to

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.

Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’