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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 Stranded Knitting

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

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on, knit, purl, bind off, stranded (fair isle) colorwork, picking up stitches, standard increases and decreases

Pattern Description:

This is a pattern for fingerless mitts that comes with an 8-page teaching module detailing how to prepare for and teach a stranded knitting class.

Anyone who has ever taught a knitting class knows how much time and energy goes into preparing a good class. This module removes most of that weight off your shoulders. (Though I cannot knit the class project sample for you!)

The eight-page PDF you will receive includes:

* 5 pages of detailed and innovative instructions on how to prepare for and teach a stranded knitting class, including what materials and facilities you will need, how to prepare for the class, step-by-step schedule of what to do in class, what students will need to know before taking the class, and how long the class should be.

* a 1-page handout with essential notes to give to your students

* a 2-page pattern with full instructions for a pair of simple fingerless mitts, which will help students practice basic stranded knitting techniques.

* full pattern and teaching support from the designer

Please note that this module is not designed to teach the reader stranded knitting techniques. Instead, it is designed for someone who already has some experience with stranded knitting, and who would like to teach a class on it.

The designer has 12 years of experience teaching both knitting and college students, and has been hired as an educational consultant on several occasions.

Purchasers will receive all updates to this module free of charge. Complete refund made if you are not satisfied.


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.


smaller size: 22 sts = 4" = 29 rounds
in chart A

larger size: 20 sts = 4" = 26 rounds in
chart A

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Smaller size fits teen's/smaller woman's hand.
  • Larger size fits a larger woman's/ men's hand.


  • Main color (MC): 2 skeins Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (colorway used here: #300502) for smaller size, sub 150 yds worsted-weight yarn
  • Contrast colour (CC): 1 skein Noro Silk Garden (colorway used here: #282) for smaller size, sub. 60 yds worsted-weight yarn with a long color repeat, e.g., Jojoland Melody
  • Size 6 double-pointed needles (or size needed to get gauge)

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 stitch markers