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My mom taught me to knit when I was 12, but I really went gaga for crafting in grad school -- so much so that I've changed careers from history professor to full-time knitting designer, teacher, and ...

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How to Teach Beginning Knitting

from Dark Matter Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : How to Teach Beginning Knitting
How to Teach Beginning Knitting
How to Teach Beginning Knitting

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should be comfortable enough with all basic knitting skills -- enough so that the idea of teaching someone else to knit doesn't make you laugh uncontrollably.

Pattern Description:

This is a pattern for a simple hat that comes with a jam-packed 8-page teaching module. This module details how to prepare for and teach a three-session beginning knitting class. Please note that this document is NOT designed to teach you how to knit.

Teaching a knitting class requires serious work. My teaching modules remove a lot of the stress and preparation and allow you to enjoy your class more.

The PDF includes:

* 8 pages of detailed and innovative instructions on how to prepare for and teach a beginning knitting class, including what materials and facilities you will need, how to prepare for the class, a step-by-step schedule of what to do in class, how to handle difficult situations in the classroom, and questions to ask yourself as a teacher

* a pattern for a simple, stylish hat that you can use as a class project for your students

* full pattern and teaching support from the designer

I bring a wealth of experience to these modules: a knitter for the past 25 years, I have taught dozens of knitting classes, from beginning to advanced, in a variety of venues. I have also been a college professor for 12 years, and have thought a great deal about what works in the classroom.

TESTIMONIALS (for my How to Teach Stranded Knitting module):

I proposed your class to my LYS and they've said sure and we're setting a date in January. Got my money's worth alreadywhen I can I buy more? - Joeli on Ravelry

Wonderful idea, the layout and content are great! And a beautiful pattern. Thank you for taking the time to do this. tory86 on Ravelry

You have created a high-quality teaching aid. I don't think I have ever received such a good-looking, detailed and useful handout at a class. - Nancy N.


15 sts and 25 rounds = 4"/10cm

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished hat measures 191/4 (211/2)". The smaller hat will fit older children and adults with head circumferences of 20-22". The larger hat (pictured) will fit adults with head circumferences of 22-24".


  • Malabrigo Twist (100% baby merino wool): 1 skein (150 yds), shown here in #618 / Liquid Ambar
  • Or substitute 150 yds of another Aran-weight wool yarn (that is, yarn that has a typical gauge of 4 sts/in).

You Will Also Need:

  • 8 stitch markers