Knitting – Beginners and Improvers

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Knitting – Beginners and Improvers

Course Details

Knitting starts at the very beginning, looking at the history of knitting, types of yarn, tension, needle size, gauges, casting on and off.  You will complete samples in garter stitch, stocking stitch, various ribs, ridges, basket weave stitch, moss stitch and puff ball stitch.  You will also look at knitting patterns and reading these by completing a beret and wrist warmers. This course is held at Greyfriars Community Centre in Ringwood.

We will look at more complicated samples, for example various cables introducing a cable needle. A variety of bobble and embossed patterns including berry stitch. You will look at garment construction and design and following pattern knitting.

The tutor will demonstrate knitting, but depending on group size will also use YouTube to demonstrate. Handouts with written instructions and diagrams will be provided. The tutor will teach individually and to small groups, depending on the size of the group, difficult of stitch and differentiation.

Information & Support

This is a mixed ability course and will cater for all levels.

You will need to bring the following items to the course:
4mm and 6mm Needles
Suitable Yarn for Samples
3 1/4mm Needles for Beret
4 x 50g Sirdar DK Yarn for Beret and Wrist Warmers
Sewing Needles for Thick Yarns

4mm and 6mm Needles
Suitable Yarn for Samples
Simple Garment Pattern to Knit and Construct in class (can be discussed with the tutor at the beginning of the course)

The tutor could provide a variety of patterns but you would need to provide the necessary equipment and yarn.

Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language.  Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.

For further details and enrolment please contact the Centre: Adult Learning & Skills Centre, Fusee House 164-166 Old Milton Road, New Milton, Hants. BH25 6EB. Telephone 01590 625222 or email-

Course Cost

Course costs are as follows:

8 weeks - £76

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any age restrictions (young/old)?

Students need to be 19 years old or over.

There is no upper age limit.

Can I start the course part way through?

For some courses, this may be possible.  Please contact to confirm.

What do you define as a 'beginner'?

Beginner is someone who has little or no knowledge of the subject area.

Please contact for further clarification.

What do you define as 'intermediate'?

Intermediate is for those who have completed a beginners course with us or have some knowledge of the subject but would like to learn more.

Please contact for further clarification.

What do you define as 'advanced'?

Advanced for those who have completed an intermediate course with us or are proficient in the subject.

Please contact for further clarification.

What should I take with me on the day?

Please see ‘Information & Support’ within each individual course information page.

If you require further details please email

How much does the course cost?

The cost of each course will be displayed on each individual course information page.

If you require further details please email

Can I pay for the course in instalments?

Each course needs to be paid in full before the start of the course.

Are there any concessions available?

Reduced fees may apply for those on specific benefits.

Please contact for more details.

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