Learn the basics of knitting: casting on and off, choosing needles and yarns, knit and purl stitches, and how to read a pattern. Build skills quickly as you complete at least one project, a wallet or a multi-colored hat.
Once you have this under your belt, move on to Knitting Open Workshop and make any item of your choice.
A NOTE ABOUT KNITTING CIRCLES: There are free knitting circles in Jamaica Plain and surrounding areas. For beginning knitters, we recommend this introduction before you join a knitting circle. Knitting circles are great – friendly gatherings for conversation and great places to gain new skills. But although people there will be happy to help you with a few things and give you a few tips, you won’t get a sustained introduction to the basics. Come learn basic skills at the Eliot School and your instructor will tell you all about knitting circles for your next step.
Age Range17+, teens by permission
Bring to first class:
- 2 pairs of circular knitting needles – size 7 or 8, 16" and 24" length
- Size 7 or 8 double pointed needles
- 4 skeins of yarn, two of which should be contrasting colors. Berroco Alpaca or Cascade 220 are recommended and carried at JP Knit & Stitch in Jamaica Plain.
Find out more about where to buy supplies.