Starting Jun 19, 2019
The health benefits of knitting are well documented. From improving focus to increased mental stimulation. The process of knitting can also be an enormous factor in stress relief and contributes greatly towards relaxation. Join instructor Douglas Morris as he teaches you how much fun and how easy it can be to learn knitting and make your own knitwear!
The class is designed to teach beginners the basics of knitting, but is also useful to those knitters in need of a refresher course. It will start with the basics of casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and binding off. The class will progress with one simple pattern combining all of these new skills into one sample swatch and then will culminate with a more complex scarf pattern. During these two projects the students will also be taught how to read their knitting, how to fix mistakes and how to unknit if the find a mistake in their project.
After these two projects, students will be encouraged to select their own patterns to start a more ambitious skill set. Depending on the pattern or garment selected, they will need many different potential skills i.e. how to create cables, how to increase and decrease stitches, creating a garment to size, color work and button holes for example.
While working on individual projects, the students will also get an ever-expanding education about reading patterns, new stitches, tips and tricks, yarn weights and fiber content, creating garments that fit, and the multitude of online knitting resources for problem solving. Students will need to bring a No. 8 US circular bamboo needle and a (solid light color) worsted weight yarn to the first class. Any yarn content is OK but knitting is easier when working with a high wool content yarn. Approximate cost of materials is around $12 to 15.
More about Douglas Morris (Facilitator): A self-taught knitter currently teaching a beginner knitting class at the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs since Aug 2018. Additionally, Douglas hosts a Men’s Knit Night every Tuesday evening downtown at the Gre Coffeehouse. More about Douglas Morris work can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter [Facebook group for Men Knit PSP] or at www.theperfectpurl.com