When Alice of Learn To Knit Online gifted me a chance to try out her online Beginners Knitting Course I was so excited. Knitting is so much more to me than a craft or hobby, it’s part of me and my family history…
I grew up with the familiar sound of my Grandma click-clacking away with a pair of needles, a rhythmic accompaniment to the hubbub of our family life. Over time this comforting sound and the skilled and caring hands that made it sadly left my life. I’ve recently wanted to learn to knit, in my youth having only listened briefly to the wisdom of my Grandma. Maybe I’ve inherited the ability to make fingers move at lightning speed and create intricate patterns with yarn?
I’m fortunate to have in my possession a series of letters that my Grandma wrote during her time as a WW2 evacuee to New York. A prominent feature of her teenage years was time spent knitting. She writes of knitting for the war effort and making garments for members of her family that she found herself separated from.
On a rainy Sunday in May 2021, 80 years on from my Grandma’s letters, I sat down on the sofa with a ball of yarn, 2 needles and not a clue how to begin. With Lesson 1 beamed onto our TV, I had all the trepidation that one can feel when learning a new skill… instantly I was put at ease by the tone and nature of Alice’s cheery delivery. Giving me the excuse to take my time, suggesting I watch back sections I found tricky and giving me permission to enjoy learning, rather than focus on the outcome at this early stage.
After the first 45 min lesson I had learnt how to get started (cast on), knit some rows and then finish (cast off). Wow! I can knit… all be it in a rather untidy and ‘organic’ way at the moment. And was it fun? Over 3 hours later I realised time had flown by with me continuing to practice my knitting skills and I couldn’t wait for the next lesson, so I would say that shows it was lots of fun. In fact I can now see what my Grandma was getting from her time knitting, no doubt with every knit she made she was remembering happy times while making knitted items for those she loved.
I couldn’t wait to keep learning to knit so I got on with Lesson 2, learning the purl stitch, stockinette stitch pattern, rib stitch pattern and much, much more. Here is my test swatch…
Alice’s Beginners Knitting Course is made up of 4 classes all lasting 45mins. With these videos packed full of useful tips, you can work through the course at your own pace. The step-by-step demonstrations are clear and easy to understand and follow. Alice delivers witty and insightful anecdotes to help you remember each stage of the process. I would say this course is a perfect gift for a friend or family member… or simply a treat for yourself to help unwind and enjoy some time being creative :)