Having taught both history and knitting for more than a decade, I realized I had a lot I could share with other knitting teachers about how to teach a class. So about 18 months ago, I started periodically offering teaching modules — detailed guides on how to teach different knitting classes. Each includes a pattern that the teacher can use as a class project.
My latest offering is one I’ve been wanting to write for a while: How to Teach Beginning Knitting. I’m going to offer several versions of this module, actually — this version is for a three-session class, but I’d like to offer modules for shorter and longer courses, too.
The document includes the class project pattern (in this case, an ingenious hat that gets students started knitting back and forth, and then switches them to in-the-round knitting on circulars), and also eight pages of step-by-step instructions about how to prepare for the class and how to walk the students gradually from casting on, through the knit stitch, knitting in the round, the purl stitch, measuring gauge, and decreasing.
The guide also prompts you to think through your particular strengths as a teacher and provides suggestions on how to manage difficult classroom situations. (May you never have one — I rarely have.)
I hope this latest teaching module empowers even more of you to enter the wonderful world of teaching others to knit. It’s an extremely rewarding craft in and of itself.