Choosing your Woolly
(or what to bring to begin)
STITCH LONDON'S FREE LEARN TO KNIT SESSIONS
Stitch London offer FREE Learn to Knit sessions with our Stitch Sages. Cool, no?
These sessions are run on a first-come, first-served basis and depend on whether or not our volunteers attend a meeting. We teach non-knitters the fine art of knitting for absolutely nothing but the love of the knit. We also teach new skills to those who want to move on.
Please note: We can't guarantee free teaching at every meeting. The way it works is that we ask our Stitch Sage volunteer teachers to wear their Stitch Sage badges that indicate they want to teach. It's up to you to get there in time to grab them before someone else does. We occassionally run Learner meetings. More info on that below...
All you need to do is look our for the Stitch Sage badge (right).
How to become a Stitch London learner:
1. Come to a Stitch London meeting
You need to join our newsletter to check out when our meetings are.
2. Bring your own yarn and needles
Getting your own yarn and needles is all part of the yarn-flavoured journey. We wouldn't want to take that away from you. Choosing your woolly weapons is one of the best bits. Not sure what to bring? There's some helpful info below.
Stitch London learner kits will be available soon
3. Look out for people wearing their Stitch Sage badge
Any one volunteering to teach will be wearing a Stitch Sage badge (right). (We can't guarantee a teacher at each meeting, but if you're lucky there'll be someone who wants to teach. It's a good idea to get there early so you don't miss out.)
4. Approach the lovely Stitch Sage and ask them if they will teach you
Since they're wearing the badge they are there to teach so all you need to do is ask. Don't be shy! If they're already teaching more than one person you might want to see if you can find someone else or ask if they might teach you next.
5. Learn to knit Your volunteer teacher will teach you how to knit. How cool is that?
6. Go home a real live proud new knitter You're a knitter! Woo hoo! Thank you lovely volunteer Stitch Sage teacher and go forth a brand new knitter
What if there are no Stitch Sages at a meeting? We've created this How to Knit guide you can print out and teach yourself. Stitch Londoners around you can help you out if you get stuck. They're a lovely bunch.
Special Learner meetings
Stitch London occassionally hold special Learner Meeting's where we will rally our Stitch Sages to turn up in force. Look out for the Learner symbol (right) on our Events page.
Please note: Lessons are free and the Stitch Sages teach because they love to pass on the love of the knit. They expect nothing but heartfelt thanks in return. (If you do fancy buying your teacher a drink or a slice of cake to say thanks that's very nice of you). Stitch Sages agree to teach two people if they're wearing their badge. More than that is up to them so please understand if they can't fit you in.
Here is what you need if you come along to learn:
Needles: Best size to learn on is about 5.5 to 7mm (US size 8 to 10).
You can choose which material to get them in: bamboo, metal, plastic, all kinds of wood, or something made out of milk (we don't understand it either, but it's true).
Yarn: The best yarn to get is something simple and bright.
The yarn size should be DK (double knitting, basically your normal idea of yarn), or something a teeny bit thicker. Easy to see and not too fancy is the best way. Doesn't mean it has to be boring. By all means get one in mad colours if you like. Not black as you won't see your stitches, not something wispy or crazy or too fluffy as it'll be a nightmare to learn with. You'll be sorry. :)
What it will cost: Nothing at all! Lessons are completely free.
What about other knitting skills? We will also teach anything else you want to know from purling, to socks, to circulars, to belly-dancing (ok, not that last one). We teach English-style knitting though some members do knit continental-style too. If we know how to do it we can pass it on to you for free, free, free, and if we don't know we'll learn right alongside you, or dip into one of our many books to find the way.
Do you teach other skills such as crochet, cross stitch or sewing? Currently we only teach knitting. If you fancy helping others learn a different craft let us know by sending us an email to stitchsage@stitchLDN.com
Why? Because we're rather nice.
Want to help us teach? Become a Stitch Sage.
There are many ways to learn to knit online too. Please click here for more info.
More questions? See our FAQ
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