Beginner Knitting


Time: Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm, 6 classes, October 21 to December 2 (no class November 11)
Location: Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester



If you have never knitted or learned years ago, vaguely remember the process, only know the knit stitch and not the purl stitch or just need to build some confidence to move on to the next step, this class is for you.

You will learn the following skills: comfort and coordination using knitting needles, cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, gauge, reading knit patterns, recognizing and fixing mistakes and weaving in ends. If you already have some knitting background or advance quickly, then you will learn simple shaping (increases/decreases), working in the round and reading patterns and charts.

In order to learn these skills, we will start with two simple washcloths in cotton. The next project will be a mini iPad envelope or any size envelope to fit an object of your choice using acrylic yarn. A wool hat is the final project. The class will be taught at your individual pace. You will advance onto the next project when you are ready and comfortable.

Supply List

All of the following products can be purchased at your local yarn shop like Knitscape or at craft box stores such as Joann’s, Michael’s and AC Moore. You can also find these items on Amazon and many other knitting websites such as Webs (, Jimmie Beans Wool, Create for Less and Knit Picks. These supplies may be purchased as you need them.

For all projects:

  • US size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles – 16” long, preferably wood tips
  • US size G 6 (4.0 mm) or US size 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook – metal, plastic or wood – or Susan Bates Silvalume Handi Tool
  • Yarn needle – metal or plastic
  • Stitch markers – ring or locking, metal or plastic
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors – any sharp pair from home will do
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil


For the 1st project (simple washcloths):

  • 100 yards of worsted weight (medium/#4) 100% cotton yarn in a light solid color AND
  • 100 yards of same yarn in a solid contrasting color

Suggested yarn or equivalent: Lily Sugar n’ Cream

For the 2nd project (tablet envelope):

  • 200 yards or more of worsted weight (medium/#4) acrylic yarn in a light solid color

Suggested yarn or equivalent: any brand will do

For the 3rd project (wool hat):

  • US size 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles – 6” or 7” long, preferably wood
  • 200 yards or more of worsted weight (medium/#4) yarn in 100% wool or wool blend in a light solid color

Suggested yarn or equivalent: Paton’s Classic Wool


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