I've wanted to add knitting to my list of ever-so slowly growing domestic skills for some time now. The launch of Skillshare, a new community in which you can 'learn anything from anyone,' provided me the perfect opportunity to do just that!
The beauty of Skillshare is that users can sign up to learn anything from knitting to buying a first home to making Chinese dumplings - anything that another person is particularly good at and wants to share with others. Classes are super affordable - my knitting class was $25 with practice materials included. The founders genuinely want to make learning easy, affordable, and community-driven.
My efforts were meager, but my sample is definitely recognizable as knitting - hooray! Amanda Hasten, graphic designer by day and knitting maven by night, was our very patient teacher. It really helped that our class was so small - there are so many ways to make mistakes in knitting, and she went over each step with us individually. We also received a very handy reference packet in case the steps become fuzzy when we're on our own.
As a general rule of thumb, the larger the needles, the larger the stitch will be, and the resulting project will be more loosely stitched.
'Casting on' is how you start your project - it's the first row of stitches.
Amanda taught us the basic knit stitch.
When you're done with your project, you finish by 'binding off,' which produces a finished edge.
Here's the tiny sample we made during class! I can't wait to head over to Purl Soho, purchase my own needles and yarn, and start my first project (likely to be a rather messy scarf).
If you live in New York and you've just got to share your skills with the rest of us, apply to teach with Skillshare here.
So far, Skillshare classes have been held in Boston, NYC, and San Francisco, but the founders plan to expand to other cities. If you'd like to have a Skillshare community in your area, let them know here!