How to Knit short courses

Small and big knitted bunnies made from garter stitch square

How to Knit short courses for beginners and improvers

I’m running my popular How to Knit short courses for beginners and improvers. Let me tell you about them.

When do the How to Knit courses take place?

Each short course lasts for three classes. The classes take place from 19:00–21:00 on Tuesday evenings during May and June 2022.

When you book a short course you can choose the dates for each of your classes. Select three dates to book one course (either beginners or improvers). After you book, I’ll email you to find out whether you are a beginner or an improver. Select six dates if you would like to book both courses. There are five places in each class.

If you find you cannot attend one, it might be possible to change to another. Or if you did the beginners’ course a while ago, you could book a refresher class before you start your improvers’ course. And if you would like an extra session, that may also be possible.

People in a class may be all beginners or all improvers or a mixture of both. Beginners have enjoyed seeing what someone with a little more experience can do, whereas improvers benefited from seeing how far they have progressed in a few classes. And improvers who did not learn with me have picked up tips about techniques when I’m teaching beginners.

Where is the Being Knitterly Studio?

The Being Knitterly Studio is based in Loughborough, north Leicestershire. I’ll email you directions after you book.

Why should you come to these knitting short courses?

Maybe you have never tried to knit or you have used books or videos, or you just prefer to learn with a tutor. Maybe, you can cast on, knit and purl but are not sure what to try next. The most important thing is that you want to learn. You’ll have a lot of fun trying different things in each class and learning with others.

I’ll also provide delicious homemade biscuits and a variety of hot drinks.

How will you learn?

I’ll demonstrate each stitch, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you try a stitch, I’ll talk you through the process as you do it. I shall demonstrate as many times as necessary, let you practise, and show you how to adjust your fingers so that you find knitting easier. You will leave with a handout giving instructions for each stitch. Practice makes perfect, so doing some knitting between each class will help too.

What will you learn if you’re a beginner?

You’ll learn to:

  • Choose the correct needles for yarn.
  • Hold the needles and yarn. 
  • Cast on and off.
  • Knit and purl.
  • Do garter stitch, stocking stitch, ribs and moss stitch.
  • Join knitting together.
  • As well as understand simple pattern instructions.

In the first class, you’ll learn how to hold the knitting needles and yarn whilst practising the knit stitch. It’s not easy for a beginner – you will be all fingers and thumbs. I’ll tell you why you need to hold the needles and yarn in a certain way and what doesn’t matter. Gradually your fingers will cooperate and you’ll be knitting! Then you will learn to cast off and cast on before learning how to do the purl stitch. By the end of this class, you’ll have some small knitted samples that may have holes but we’re not going to worry about that this week. Practice makes perfect, as they say!

In the second class you’ll continue to use knit and purl stitches, but this time instead of using only one or other per row, you’ll change between knit and purl stitches during a row. You will do this when working on ribs, moss stitch, and basketweave. And, because you learnt the difficult things last week (holding the knitting needles and yarn), you’ll pick this up much quicker. And you will start knitting four squares which you will finish at home ready for the next class.

In the final class, you’ll learn how to use mattress stitch to join pieces of knitting. You’ll use this to turn your knitted squares into a small doll-sized blanket. You will finish the blanket by adding a simple border. By the end of the beginner’s knitting course, you will be able to knit some simple throws and blankets.

“This was a fantastic course. Now I have the confidence to embark on a project to knit a blanket.”


What will you learn if you’re an improver?

You’ll learn to:

  • Make sure your finished projects are the correct size.
  • Change colour.
  • Increase and decrease neatly.
  • Keep edges neat.
  • Sew seams.
  • Knitting in the round.
  • Read simple knitting patterns.

In these classes, you will knit small projects following simple patterns. Each project uses more techniques so that you’ll be able to make a variety of accessories using simple stitches.

In the first class, you’ll learn about the different parts of a knitting pattern. You will start knitting a pair of simple fingerless mittens following written instructions. You’ll find out how to make sure that your project comes out the right size. You will learn how to keep track of where you are on a project.. You’ll also learn how to make neat edges.

In the second class, you will use mattress stitch to join the sides of your fingerless mittens and learn how to finish ends. You’ll also learn how to increase and decrease stitches while knitting the petals to make a flower.

In the final class, you’ll learn how to knit in the round. You will try the different methods used to knit items In the final class, you will learn how to knit in the round. You will try different methods used for knitting items with small circumferences: double-pointed needles, short circular needles, two circular needles and the magic loop method. Then, you will cast on and start knitting a simple hat for baby. You’ll be amazed at how more confident you are at reading knitting instructions, and you will finish the improver’s knitting course ready to try out other patterns.

“I was thrilled with the new skills I learned and am eagerly looking forward to the next course. Meanwhile, I will be tackling some projects on my own that I wouldn’t have felt confident to try before this course.”


How to Knit short courses

How to Knit short courses for beginners and improvers – for each course choose a class on three of the following dates:

  • 3, 10, 17 & 24 May; 7, 14, 21 & 28 June 2022

How to Crochet short courses

How to Crochet short courses for beginners and improvers– for each course choose a class on three of the following dates.

  • 12 & 26 October; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November 2021
  • September to November 2022 – dates to be confirmed

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Anne Newman

    I am so disappointed to live too far away from your studio to attend any of your courses . Do do any video tutorials ?

    1. Being Knitterly

      Many students coming to my classes tell me that they could not learn from videos. If I’m ever able to make videos, I should like them to be really good. I just don’t have the equipment or knowhow to achieve that yet!

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