Introduction to Knitting-make your own scarf

Ref: C3679015

This is an informal, friendly and welcoming, practical crafting course, where you will have the opportunity to work in a small group in a physical meeting space in the community, with covid-safety measures in place. Knitting can offer a relaxing, sociable and fun way to create both useful and beautiful items for yourself, your home and for others, among the company of like-minded people. Knitting can also be great for mindfulness and wellbeing, as well as being portable enough to practice anywhere and inexpensive to begin. In this introductory course you will learn about the tools, materials and terminology you will need to begin your knitting adventure and experiment practically with knitting processes, from handling knitting needles and casting on, to working on and completing your own, unique and handmade scarf during the winter season.

Course aim

Introduce knitting skills within a group environment to develop a new craft skill and produce an unique, practical and wearable item.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify and demonstrate at least three techniques within knitting, including slip knot, cast on, knit & purl
  • Identify and follow professional terminology and directions to produce a practical, scarf outcome and discuss how to follow directions and patterns to approach further projects individually
  • Identify at least 3 tools & materials for knitting, explaining the differences between different types and sizes of needle and weights of yarn
  • Work in rows and successfully keep count of stitches
  • Complete and present your work successfully

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to bring to each session: Basic knitting yarn - in a medium weight Knitting needles - between size 6 and 8 (4 - 5 mm) Scissors Needles and yarn need not be expensive & can be purchased at the Pound Shop / The Range. Crafting For Good in The Ridings, Wakefield is a great supplier

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Introduction to Knitting-make your own scarf

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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