Basic Knitting

Basic Knitting Class

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.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens by permission

Skill Level





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.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1: 6 Sundays, 9–11am

F1: Sept 11–Oct 23, 2016 (no class Sept 18)

F2: Nov 6–Dec 11, 2016

Instructor: Diane Ivey

$159 - OPEN


Section 1: 6 Sundays, 9–11am

1W: Jan 8–Feb 12 (snow day make-up Feb 19)

Instructor: Diane Ivey