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Beginner Level

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  • 14 lessons accessible anytime, anywhere
  • Learn by doing with hours of project focused instruction
  • Complete material lists and downloadable project resources
  • One-on-One help with your questions

In this knitting class, I'll teach you the basics of hand knitting. Whether you're an absolute novice or you want to refresh some rusty skills, this beginner class will get you going!

Four exciting and useful projects will build your knitting skills over time, adding new techniques along the way. You'll make a basic scarf, a stretchy ribbed scarf, a striped hat in the round, and a pair of basic mittens.

You'll become familiar with the language of knitting patterns and gain the confidence to seek out new knitting projects on your own.

About the Teacher

Becky Stern is a designer and content creator at Instructables. She has authored hundreds of tutorials about crafts and technology. She lives in New York City and enjoys riding her motorcycle, making YouTube videos, and collecting new hobbies. 

She's been knitting for almost 20 years and gets the itch to pick up some needles whenever the frost nips. Becky's knitted Laptop Compubody Sock sculpture went viral in 2008. 

Her work has been featured by VICE, the BBC, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Engadget, CNN, Business Insider, Forbes, and Science Friday.


Lesson 1: Welcome to Knitting

Learn the who, what, and why, and meet your teacher!

Lesson 2: Intro to Tools and Materials for Knitting

Find out what supplies you'll need to complete this class, and learn about needle and fiber types.

Lesson 3: First Scarf: Cast On

Learn to start your first project by creating stitches.

Lesson 4: First Scarf: Knit Stitch

Learn the fundamental technique of knitting and practice, practice, practice.

Lesson 5: First Scarf: Bind Off

Learn how to complete your first project by securing all the stitches.

Lesson 6: Second Scarf: Purl Stitch

Hone your technique with more fundamental practice to create a more refined second project.

Lesson 7: Fixing Mistakes

Learn what to do when things aren't right.

Lesson 8: Pattern Abbreviations and Knitting Gauge

Learn some special language and techniques knitters use to communicate instructions.

Lesson 9: First Hat: Knitting in the Round

Start your first circular needle project!

Lesson 10: First Hat: Shaping the Crown

Learn stitch decreases and how to use double pointed needles to finish your first hat project

Lesson 11: First Mittens: Cuff and Hand

You'll learn how to start out a new project on double pointed needles and learn a new type of stitch decrease to shape the hand of your first mitten. The pattern is available in three sizes.

Lesson 12: First Mittens: Thumb

Pick up stitches and knit a thumb, repeat for the other mitten, and show off your fresh mitts!

Lesson 13: In Conclusion

I'll share some parting thoughts and more projects to make.

Lesson 14: Knitting Glossary

Look up terms, abbreviations, and optional tools in the world of knitting. You may wish to keep this lesson open while reading others!