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Well it looks like I am going to be teaching knitting classes for my hubby's Indian tribe. I think it will be a lot of fun and they said I could order KnitPicks for supplies. It's really cool because the tribe pays for all the supplies and then the class is free to the attendees and I get paid to teach it. Lots of fun!! Plus I'll have to of course knit a sample so more yarn and knitting for me. So my question is what kind of classes would you recommend? What would you do?

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Comment by Sherrie DeOs on July 22, 2009 at 2:24pm
Because I am a beginner I think simple. But then you are so good at what you do every thing is simple to you. :)
Comment by PickleSue on July 15, 2009 at 1:18pm
You are so welcome! I was really interested in teaching a class a few years ago and really pondered over the process for a long time. I was going to stress to the students that I was NOT going to 'teach them to knit', I WAS going to teach them to 'LEARN how to knit'. Because you just help them with the basics, but can't hold their hand their entire knitting lives. Maybe include how to decipher the pictures in a booklet or diagram of how to do a stitch, so they can go on and learn the next steps with confidence.

One other thing I was thinking about is what you might make. I think simple scarves would be an easy thing to start with that they could really use (if you live in a cool climate). You could even make it a sampler one, where they learn garter stitch, stockinette, then make stripes of them, or add color later. Just an idea. Or cotton washcloths, too. I just read ideas online last night about what to have my girls do with their little sample squares. Use them for Barbie blankets or other dolls mattresses. Or saddle blankets for their play horses. Even make a green garter stitch square and put in front of the toy barn for grass... They liked those ideas. :)
Comment by Tiffany DeOs on July 14, 2009 at 11:16pm
Thank You PickleSue for your help. I didn't think to google it. :)
Comment by PickleSue on July 14, 2009 at 11:10pm
I have read some good recommendations online about teaching knitting. Just now I searched 'teaching knitting' on Yahoo and several promising sites showed. You may give that a shot
this one is really good:
Halfway down the page on this one has 10 tips from the pros. (I just found this a few days ago in stuff I had printed out probably 2 years ago!! How funny!!)
My own experience is that continental style was too hard to start with when my older daughter was six. Now when my younger daughter is 4- she's going great guns along with her sister knitting English style. The poems help too (to remember the 4 steps). "In the front, Around the back, Out the window, Off jumps Jack." (that's my 4 yr old's favorite- she will say- "Mom, see all the row of Jacks that already jumped off? They are the old Jacks. My new Jacks are up here.) The other one is my 7 yr old's fave: "Around the fence, catch the sheep, out the barn door, off we leap." There are probably many more. Those are the only ones I have run into.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 14, 2009 at 7:12pm
That sounds so wonderful! It is bound to be a lot of fun for you.
I think it would depend on the skill level of those attending. There are a wide variety of items in many categories... scarves, shawls, lace items... mittens also come to mind. Good luck on finding something that will be interesting for all. Have fun!
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