This course has concessions available

Knitting For Beginners And Improvers

Learn and develop the skills and techniques for knitting projects. We will look at both traditional skills and contemporary ideas exploring the usual and unusual aspects of working with yarn. All levels of experience are welcome each term.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Please note that the Monday course will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB. This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

Available Classes:

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 . Through a class project your will learn basic knitting techniques including casting on, knit and purl stitches, casting off, increase, decrease. You will also learn how to read and follow simple patterns to make small accessories.

We will discuss different aspects of knitting such as combining yarns, using colour, the structure of stitches and how they may be combined 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.
All students will knit along the same class project. For those with some experience can have a go at more challenging techniques which may include more complex stitch patterns and techiques, adding colour, or experimenting with none traditional materials and felted knitting techniques.
Term 1: In this term you will knit three projects. A pair of fingerless mittens in garter stitch, a hat knitted in flat, and a sample scarf with a variety stitches. You will be working with chunky or DK yarn in light colour to learn at the same time how to read your knitting. Since the first project you will learn to read and follow a pattern.
1.Understand and apply different knitting techniques from beginning to the end of a project.
2. Read and follow simple knitting patterns
2.Use yarn, needles 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 notebook, pencil and pen. We do have a range of knitting needles hooks 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 your tutor.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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