So somewhere along the line I got semi-okay at knitting. I figure it's the kind of craft where you can always be learning new things (like lace. Lace is crazy hard for me) but I can find my way around a good variety of projects now and I'm fairly confident in the basics.
|Me and my first students! All so lovely! Also, I'm in love with the|
blanket jacket made by Sarah! It's on my wishlist!
Today I taught my very first knitting class. I was asked by the lovely Sarah at Sew Love Tea Do to teach a beginners class - the very basics - casting on, knitting in garter stitch and making a small project.
I was really nervous, but at the end of it, extremely excited to be able to share something I love so much with others who are keen to learn!
The class is working on some garter stitch fingerless mitts - the kind that's a 6x6 inch square, sewn up along the seam in a tube with a hole for the thumb. We're using larger needles and larger weight yarn. One of the most frustrating things I found when I started knitting was how long everything took me. My first project was a scarf, and it took me months to complete. I'm hoping this smaller project will feel a bit more achievable and my students can see the project progressing at a good pace. They are all about a third of the way through their first mitt - not bad going for a first lesson!
We're all catching up again next week to see how everyone is progressing and for me to go through binding-off. I've given them instructions to take home if they want to work on it over the next week. And everyone did really well - no major dropped stitch issues, yarn malfunctions or needle injuries! It's definitely something I'd like to do more of - especially basic patterns that people can pick up quite quickly without feeling too intimidated by more advanced techniques!