Music Theory Grade 7 Stage 1

Who is this course for

This class is not for absolute beginners - you must already be able to cast-on, cast-off, knit and purl confidently. However, you do not need previous experience in colour work.

What does this course cover

This is a basic introduction to slip stich which is a simple and versatile technique that introduces colour into your projects with the benefit of working with only one strand of yarn at a time. The patterns that you can create are unlimited, from geometric to organic. You will learn about the different approaches to slip stitch: classical, weaving and mosaic. You will also learn about the fundamentals of the slip stitch: for example where to hold the yarn when slipping and its most used abbreviations in written patterns. Because it is a hands-on workshop you will knit at least 3 sample swatches with stocking stitch and garter stitch using commercial slip stitch patterns including some mosaic knitting patterns. You will be also introduced to reading charts for knitting flat or in the round.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

' Understand how the slip stitch works and how to use it.
' Demonstrate a basic understanding of the different approaches to slip stitch.
' Be able to read and follow basic charts for knitting flat or in the round.
' Be able to chart your own simple repeatable motif in mosaic knitting.

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.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of 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

You will need two main colours and one accent colour all in the same yarn weight. Your two main colours need to be contrasting, for example a light colour such as cream, white, light grey with a dark/bright colour such as navy blue, black, red, orange.

You will also need a pair of knitting needles appropriate for the weight of your yarn, for example:
4 to 5 mm for DK weight yarn
4.5 to 6 mm for Aran weight yarn

Scissors, paper and pen to take notes,

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further Study in Textiles and Knitting at the Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Got a Question about this Course?

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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

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.’