New: Knitting A Jumper – Online

Always wanted to knit a jumper but not been brave enough? In this short course you will learn how to knit a mini version of a raglan top-down jumper step-by-step. A top-down raglan jumper is perfect first-jumper project, you knit it in one piece, and you will require almost non seaming at the end. Once you understand the basics, you will also have the opportunity to start your own project with the support of the tutor.

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 course is suitable for intermediate knitters, meaning that you feel confident knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing and you are ready to apply all of that in a 3D shape.

What does this course cover

Learn and develop the skills and techniques required for completing a raglan top-down sweater. You
will be taken through each stage using handouts, instructions and demonstrations. This course is suitable for intermediate knitters, meaning that you feel confident knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing and you are ready to apply all of that in a 3D shape.
After understanding the process without investing a lot of money and time you will better equip to choose a pattern for yourself. In the last 2 classes, you will learn about yarn requirements, gauge, taking your own measurements and sizing.
We will knit a mini version of a top-down raglan together the first 4 weeks of the course. Then you will be encouraged to start your own jumper and be ready to continue it by yourself after the course.
Please see below for materials list.

These are the techniques that we will cover:

Week 1 - The different top-down construction methods, focusing on raglan.
Week 2 - Armholes and sleeves (increasing methods).
Week 3 - Front and back - waist and hips shaping
Week 4 - Band neck, button bands, and finishing techniques.
Week 5 - Taking your measurements, choosing your size in the pattern and understanding the importance of a gauge swatch.
Week 6 - Choosing a pattern and starting your own top-down raglan jumper. Question and answers customised to each student project.

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

' List the different methods of constructing jumpers
' Understand the steps of knitting a raglan top-down jumper
' Know how to shape waist, hips and sleeves.
' Be able to choose a knitting pattern that will fit you.

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

The suggested material is for the mini version and some practice swatches:
You will need 275 m to 300 m of an Aran weight yarn for the mini version.
A 5mm circular knitting needles with a 16' circumference.
Scissors, paper and pen to take notes, a crochet hook, markers and tapestry needle.

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 with 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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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.’