Startup Library: Knitting DVD


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Interested in knitting but don’t know where to start? This is the class for you!

Join Susan B. Anderson, your expert guide to knitting, as she teaches you how to make three cozy accessories — a pair of hand warmers, a bulky cowl, and a pom-pom hat — from getting your first stitches on the needles to finishing your projects, with troubleshooting tips and much more. Explore two different knitting styles, Continental and English, and decide which one you prefer!

NOTE: Any PDF materials associated with this class are not provided with the DVD-only purchase. You must have streaming access to download those materials. To purchase the combination DVD + Streaming form of this class, click here.

Class Sessions

Intro to Knitting (30:14)
Meet Susan B. Anderson and get a brief introduction to knitting. Then jump to the best part of knitting: the yarn! Learn about the different fibers and sizes to choose from, as well as the best types for beginners.

What You Need (7:40)
One of the best things about knitting is that it doesn’t require a lot of supplies. In this lesson, Susan helps you choose what you need for your projects and shares a few additional tools to stock your knitting bag.

Casting On (8:17)
This is when the fun begins! Susan shares her tried-and-true method for getting your stitches onto your needles. Then cast on for your very first project: a pair of hand warmers.

The Knit Stitch (13:29)
Explore the knit stitch, the most basic unit of knitting, and use it to create garter stitch. Then try your hand at two different knitting styles, Continental and English, and decide which one works best for you. Afterwards, you’ll add the first rows to your hand warmers.

The Purl Stitch, English (10:38)
In this lesson, you’ll learn the English-style purl stitch. Then, explore a new stitch pattern, the stockinette stitch, by alternating rows of knits and purls.

Ribbing, English (7:27)
Using the English style of knitting, complete your hand warmers by working the rib stitch pattern. By alternating knits and purls in the same row, you’ll create a textured, stretchy finish. See how to manage your yarn as you switch between stitches.

The Purl Stitch, Continental (12:42)
In this lesson, you’ll work the Continental-style purl stitch, holding the yarn in your left hand. Then explore a new stitch pattern, the stockinette stitch, by alternating rows of knits and purls.

Ribbing, Continental (7:40)
Complete your hand warmers by working the Continental-style rib stitch pattern. By alternating knits and purls in the same row, you’ll create a textured, stretchy finish. Learn how to manage your yarn as you switch between stitches.

Binding Off (7:19)
Whether you’re knitting English- or Continental-style, you’ll need a way to get your stitches off the needles and keep them secure. In this lesson, Susan explains what binding off is as you practice on your hand warmers.

Finishing (21:21)
Once you’ve finished knitting your hand warmers, seam them and weave in any loose yarn ends. Afterwards, uncover the magic of blocking as you learn to block your own knits.

Reading a Pattern (34:33)
In order to tackle your favorite knitting projects, you’ll need to know your way around the pattern. In this lesson, Susan walks you through each part of a knitting pattern and helps you understand how written instructions translate to actual knitting.

Knitting in the Round (10:09)
Take your knitting from flat to round by knitting in the round! Discover the best way to cast on and start your round, plus tips for keeping track of where you are and which direction you should be knitting.

Waffle Stitch Cowl (19:42)
Practice knitting in the round by working the Waffle Stitch Cowl pattern included in your class materials. And, while you’re at it, try a new stitch pattern!

Shaping (9:30)
Shaping opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities for your knitting. In this lesson, you’ll practice basic increase and decrease stitches to make your knitting wider or narrower.

Changing Colors (10:23)
Have fun with your knitting by playing with color! Susan shows you how to knit stripes, both flat and in the round, and shares tips and tricks for changing colors with different stitch patterns.

Striped Hat (34:01)
Build on your skills by working your next project: a striped pom-pom hat. Practice working in the round, knitting stripes, and using decreases to shape the top of your hat.

Fixing Common Mistakes (21:11)
Remember, no one knits perfectly the first time around. In this final lesson, Susan helps you fix some common beginner mistakes, and identify what went wrong in the first place!

Your Instructor

Susan B. Anderson

Susan B. Anderson lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of six knitting books, including the best-selling “Kids’ Knitting Workshop.” In 2016, Susan and her son started a yarn and pattern company, Barrett Wool Co. Susan’s favorite part of being a knitting teacher is traveling the country, teaching, and meeting knitters from all over the world.


How will I receive my DVD class?
Your class DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. You will not have streaming access to this class in your Craftsy Account unless you purchase(d) it separately. If you’d like to own this class in BOTH on-demand streaming form and DVD, we recommend you purchase that combination item on Craftsy.com.

Will the companion materials come with my DVD class?
Any downloadable class PDF materials are not included on the DVD, so you will not have access to those materials. While the video instruction on your DVD is complete, you must have streaming access to download the PDF materials associated with the class. You can purchase streaming access or a combination DVD + Streaming access on Craftsy.com.

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Do your DVDs work on international players?
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What is your return policy?
We want to be sure you’re satisfied. If you have trouble playing your DVD, if the content is not correctly presented on the DVD, or you are dissatisfied with the content of your class, we will work with you. Contact Craftsy Customer Service via email or phone. Upon your request, and upon your return of the DVD to us, we will refund your purchase price or send you another DVD to replace a damaged or incorrect DVD, whichever is your preference.