Preparations for my First Knitting Class

I am to be teaching my first knitting class next Saturday, November 1st and I've almost got everything together. I was offered to teach a knitting class to some of the people in the village almost a month and a half ago and its now that I realize how much time I have left to get everything prepared! Working on commissions and pattern designs really make the time fly by. Here's a sneak peak of what I have in store for the village ladies of Ubuyama...

Two balls of super chunky yarn and a pair of size 11, 19" knitting needles.

Two balls of super chunky yarn and a pair of size 11, 19" knitting needles.

Everyone will be getting two balls of yarn and a circular needle. I chose to get circular needles for everyone because I find them more convenient than straight needles: you can knit both back and forth and in the round on them, thus opening up more pattern possibilities.

Garter Stitch scarf

Garter Stitch scarf

I'll first be teaching them how to knit a garter stitch scarf. It's the easiest pattern in the book. In the next lesson (hopefully), I'll be showing them how to add the tassels.

Detail shot of the stitch

Detail shot of the stitch

Additionally, I've prepared a handout that they can take home providing step by step instructions on knitting basics 101 (cast on, knit stitch and bind off - all in Japanese!). I will translate it into English soon, which brings me to my last point...

I've gotten some messages from friends saying that they've expressed interest in learning how to knit, which is really exciting to hear! The good news is that I've already been planning on making a series of "How to Knit" videos, with accompanying patterns so that you can practice those techniques and knit your own garments! Stay tuned for more details on this...