Knitting 101

Taught By Multiple Professors
Knitting 101
Course Trailer
Module 1 - Lesson 1: Intro to Knitting
1: Module 1 - Lesson 1: Intro to Knitting

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.

29 min
Module 1 - Lesson 2: What You Need
2: Module 1 - Lesson 2: What You Need

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.

8 min
Module 1 - Lesson 3: Casting On
3: Module 1 - Lesson 3: Casting On

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.

8 min
Module 1 - Lesson 4: The Knit Stitch
4: Module 1 - Lesson 4: The Knit Stitch

Meet Lorilee Beltman and get started on learning the knit stitch, Continental-style. Whether you're a new knitter or a longtime English-style knitter, you'll appreciate Lorilee's clear instruction for tensioning and positioning the yarn in your hands and making knit stitches flow along your needles with maximum comfort and efficiency.

13 min
Module 1 - Lesson 5: The Purl Stitch, English
5: Module 1 - Lesson 5: The Purl Stitch, English

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.

11 min
Module 1 - Lesson 6: Ribbing, English
6: Module 1 - Lesson 6: Ribbing, English

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.

7 min
Module 1 - Lesson 7: The Purl Stitch, Continental
7: Module 1 - Lesson 7: The Purl Stitch, Continental

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.

13 min
Module 1 - Lesson 8: Ribbing, Continental
8: Module 1 - Lesson 8: Ribbing, Continental

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.

8 min
Module 1 - Lesson 9: Binding Off
9: Module 1 - Lesson 9: Binding Off

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.

7 min
Module 1 - Lesson 10: Finishing
10: Module 1 - Lesson 10: Finishing

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.

21 min
Module 1 - Lesson 11: Reading a Pattern
11: Module 1 - Lesson 11: Reading a Pattern

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.

35 min
Module 1 - Lesson 12: Knitting in the Round
12: Module 1 - Lesson 12: Knitting in the Round

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.

10 min
Module 1 - Lesson 13: Waffle Stitch Cowl
13: Module 1 - Lesson 13: Waffle Stitch Cowl

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!

20 min
Module 1 - Lesson 14: Shaping
14: Module 1 - Lesson 14: Shaping

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.

10 min
Module 1 - Lesson 15: Changing Colors
15: Module 1 - Lesson 15: Changing Colors

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.

10 min
Module 1 - Lesson 16: Striped Hat
16: Module 1 - Lesson 16: Striped Hat

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.

34 min
Module 1 - Lesson 17: Fixing Common Mistakes
17: Module 1 - Lesson 17: Fixing Common Mistakes

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!

21 min
Module 2 - Lesson 1: Getting Started With Cables
18: Module 2 - Lesson 1: Getting Started With Cables

Meet Allyson Dykhuizen and begin class by going over everything you'll need to get started. Then dive into your first project, a bulky cabled headband!

11 min
Module 2 - Lesson 2: Cabled Headband
19: Module 2 - Lesson 2: Cabled Headband

Get started on your cabled headband. Allyson walks you through the simple cable pattern and how to knit it. You'll practice changing colors and working from written instructions to complete your project.

27 min
Module 2 - Lesson 3: Cabled Hat Setup
20: Module 2 - Lesson 3: Cabled Hat Setup

Tackle a slightly more challenging cable pattern as you work your second project, a hat. Allyson reviews the yarn and tools you'll need to get started. Then cast on and start working the bottom of the hat.

8 min
Module 2 - Lesson 4: Cable Charts
21: Module 2 - Lesson 4: Cable Charts

Explore a variety of different cable stitches as you work the pattern repeat for your hat. Find out how to work from a chart and written instructions, and use stitch markers to keep track of your pattern.

30 min
Module 2 - Lesson 5: Finishing the Hat
22: Module 2 - Lesson 5: Finishing the Hat

Once your cables are done, it's time to finish your hat. Allyson shows you how to decrease for the crown and work on double-pointed needles as your hat gets smaller. After that, weave in the ends and, if you'd like, add a pom-pom!

21 min
Module 2 - Lesson 6: Troubleshooting
23: Module 2 - Lesson 6: Troubleshooting

Allyson ends class by troubleshooting common mistakes. Plus, see how to work a cable without a cable needle, a handy trick for those of us that always seem to lose it!

10 min
Module 3 - Lesson 1: The Knit Stitch
24: Module 3 - Lesson 1: The Knit Stitch

Knit Faster with Continental Knitting

13 min
Module 3 - Lesson 2: The Purl Stitch
25: Module 3 - Lesson 2: The Purl Stitch

Get a handle on the purl stitch as Lorilee shows how to hold your yarn and move it into place for your needle to grab quickly and easily. You'll see how to keep awkward movements at a minimum and make sure your stitches are correctly oriented on your needles.

16 min
Module 3 - Lesson 3: Sizing Stitches for Even Knitting
26: Module 3 - Lesson 3: Sizing Stitches for Even Knitting

Depending on how you make your stitches, your knitting might end up too loose or too tight. Lorilee shows how this happens and explains how to make your stitch size just right.

13 min
Module 3 - Lesson 4: Time Savers: Using Knit & Purl Together
27: Module 3 - Lesson 4: Time Savers: Using Knit & Purl Together

Knitting Continental really comes in handy when you have to alternate frequently between knits and purls, such as in ribbing or seed stitch. Getting the working yarn to the front or back of your knitting is simply a matter of shifting your right hand. Lorilee shows you how to achieve this efficiency and how to keep the transition smooth.

14 min
Module 3 - Lesson 5: Increases, Decreases & Other Maneuvers
28: Module 3 - Lesson 5: Increases, Decreases & Other Maneuvers

Lorilee walks you through using Continental knitting with all of the common increases, decreases and other stitch maneuvers. With the yarn in your left hand, you'll find you're able to tackle elaborate patterns with ease!

44 min
Module 3 - Lesson 6: Using Continental for Your Favorite Fabrics
29: Module 3 - Lesson 6: Using Continental for Your Favorite Fabrics

Whether your favorite fabric includes lace, cables, linen stitch or even two-handed colorwork, Lorilee's got you covered. She shares her tips for tackling each with Continental knitting, including how to cable without a cable needle. Linen stitch and colorwork, especially, will be so much easier if you know how to hold the yarn with your left hand.

18 min
Module 3 - Lesson 7: Troubleshooting & Practice
30: Module 3 - Lesson 7: Troubleshooting & Practice

The way you hold your knitting might be causing you some pain. Lorilee shows some common pitfalls to avoid so that you can continue to enjoy your knitting. Similarly, you might find yourself struggling with keeping your tension and your stitches even. Lorilee shares troubleshooting strategies. Finally, learn about some small, fun projects you can work on as you practice your newfound Continental knitting skills!

20 min
Module 4 - Lesson 1: Starting Out: Cast-On & Transitional Bands
31: Module 4 - Lesson 1: Starting Out: Cast-On & Transitional Bands

Meet popular instructor Lorilee Beltman and start by reviewing the yarn and tools that work best for Continental projects. Then, tackle the provisional cast-on, pick up tips for transitioning between differing stitch counts and find out how to use yarn markers to keep track in your work.

14 min
Module 4 - Lesson 2: Slipping Stitches: Tunisian & Linen
32: Module 4 - Lesson 2: Slipping Stitches: Tunisian & Linen

The beautiful Tunisian knit stitch is loaded with yarn overs and slip stitches -- and Continental style lets you streamline all the steps! Find out how, before Lorilee demonstrates a classic Tunisian pattern: the three-color linen stitch. To work this gorgeous pattern, you'll move the yarn from back to front and back again.

21 min
Module 4 - Lesson 3: Mosaic Knitting
33: Module 4 - Lesson 3: Mosaic Knitting

Make mosaic stitch faster and easier with Continental knitting! This classic colorwork style only knits one color at a time, slipping stitches after the yarn is brought forward or back. Lorilee will show you how to work it in Continental and help you troubleshoot along the way.

15 min
Module 4 - Lesson 4: Textured Solids: Cables & More
34: Module 4 - Lesson 4: Textured Solids: Cables & More

Explore rich textures such as cables to make your knitting pop! Lorilee guides you through cabling without a cable needle or ever having to let go of your yarn. Then, discover some Gansey-style stitch patterns that are achieved by simply switching back and forth between knits and purls. When knit in Continental style these patterns work up faster than ever!

22 min
Module 4 - Lesson 5: Vertically Stranded Colorwork & Lace
35: Module 4 - Lesson 5: Vertically Stranded Colorwork & Lace

Find out how Continental knitting makes vertically stranded colorwork and even colorwork lace easier. Lorilee shows you how to work your main color entirely by picking, throwing in the occasional contrast stitch as you go. Then, get some practice with your cowl's colorwork lace motif to hone your yarn overs, increases and decreases.

19 min
Module 4 - Lesson 6: Stranded Colorwork & Finishing
36: Module 4 - Lesson 6: Stranded Colorwork & Finishing

In the standard style, stranded colorwork requires both of your hands to work together. But in the Continental style, your free hand provides added control for faster, more approachable stranding. Follow along for a step-by-step breakdown before Lorilee walks you through grafting the ends of your cozy new cowl together.

25 min
Allyson Dykhuizen

I am inspired by classic knitting techniques, but I use unusual construction and modern shapes to make them fun and appealing to fashion-forward knitters.

About Allyson Dykhuizen

Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer, author and knitting instructor based in Chicago. She served as the editor of the online magazine Holla Knits, and her patterns have been featured in a number of publications including Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear and knit.purl magazines. Allyson is author of the book Midwestern Knits.

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Susan B. Anderson

Thank you for joining me on this new adventure. I’m looking forward to knitting with all of you and to showing you how to work with fantastic yarns, colors, and fresh new patterns.

About Susan B. Anderson

Susan B. Anderson, 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.

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Lorilee Beltman

My experiences as a yarn shop owner taught me the value of delivering an honest answer with kindness. Through teaching, I learned I love helping knitters push through their roadblocks.

About Lorilee Beltman

Lorilee Beltman is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor and a TNNA designer and teacher who has taught at national events around the country since 2009. It was once Lorilee opened her own knitting business, City Knitting, that she realized her passion for spreading knowledge and helping knitters past their roadblocks. You can find some of her articles in respected magazines such as Twist Collective and Interweave Knits.

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