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Knitting for Beginners
8-Session Evening Course

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Evening Studio Arts Course

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K00ZU
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Have you marveled at beautiful hand-knit garments, wishing that you could create one? Why not learn this skill and create garments and home decorations yourself?

The instructor teaches the fundamentals of knitting, including casting on, basic knit and purl stitches, increasing, decreasing, and binding off. Students learn by practice, and may start a knitting project during class.

The class offers an opportunity to learn about various techniques. Time is devoted to learning basic skills as a group, and students have an option of staying an additional half-hour after class to receive individual advice and instruction.

No previous knitting experience is required. Bring to the first class a set of size 8 knitting needles and a light-colored skein of worsted-weight yarn.

Instructor Ann Richards has taught numerous knitting classes at the Smithsonian and is a certified knitting teacher with the Craft Yarn Council of America.

8 sessions, 2 hours each

About the Instructor

Ann Richards, M.A., is a Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council of America, and has taught knitting at the Smithsonian Institution since 2001. Her articles have appeared in Knitty magazine, and she was the editor of The Conscientious Knitter newsletter 2005-2009. Her fiber art has appeared at the Iron Gate Gallery at Touchstone Center for Craft. More..

Smithsonian Connections

Knitting appears in cultures all over the world. See socks made by the Mistassini Cree at the National Museum of the American Indian.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3041
1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)