This course has concessions available

New Essential Skills For Beginner Knitters- ONLINE

Set up yourself to succeed by having a set of knitting essentials skills that will allow you to move on from knitting basic accessories such as hats and scarfs to more complicated patterns with confidence! We will cover all the knitting process such as skills to understand your tools and materials, read and understand patterns, shape and finish your knitted piece.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self-study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

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

Who is this course for

This class is perfect for beginners who ideally have already some experience knitting simple patterns and are interested in expanding their repertoire to knit with more confidence.

What does this course cover

You will learn each week a selection of essential techniques to be able to knit and choose patterns more confidently. You will be practicing knitting sample swatches which later will be part of your technical book. These are the techniques that we will cover:

Week 1 - Read a yarn label, understand your pattern, start with a tension swatch
Week 2 - Different ways of casting on and casting off
Week 3 - Shaping with increases and decreases
Week 4 - Basic stitch patterns and reading charts
Week 5 - Finishing techniques
Week 6 - Fixing mistakes

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

' Be able to choose a good knitting pattern
' Be able to read and follow basic stitch charts
' Choose the right yarn for your next project
' Cast on, cast off, increase and decrease with confidence
' Understand your knitted fabric and being able to fix simple mistakes

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 Aran or DK weight yarn probably 100 to 200 g depending on how much you want to practice. I suggest you use what you have at home.

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, a crochet hook, markers and

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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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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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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