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Top Techniques to Know Before You Knit

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Your best knitting starts here! Join seven all-star Craftsy instructors for essentials that take every project to the next level.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Q&A in our virtual classroom with fellow crafters and makers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Learn from seven of Craftsy's most popular instructors as you conquer go-to techniques that ensure better projects and fewer mistakes — before you even start knitting! This dream lineup of knitting experts will let you in on amazing tips, tricks and secrets. You'll get flattering results from the patterns you love by learning to choose and read a well-written pattern that's a fit for your skill level. By the end of the class, you'll be able to take confident, accurate measurements and understand the world of fiber types and yarn weights, for smart selections at the store or from your stash. Want to make sure your stitches always look great and turn out the right size? You'll find a stellar breakdown of gauge and swatching, as well as an eye-opening guide to stitch types and charts. Plus, master four must-have cast-ons and two important provisional cast-ons, so you'll always have the right starting option!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Choosing a Good Pattern
Author and knitwear designer Kate Atherley helps you decipher patterns so you can choose the perfect one! She shows you reliable sources for knitters and teaches you how to check the pattern for quality. Kate also provides tricks for identifying a difficult pattern.
2. Measuring for a Flattering Fit
3. Yarn in the Wild
4. Getting Gauge
5. Identifying Stitches & Reading Charts
6. Basic Cast-Ons
7. Provisional Cast-Ons

Taught by

Craftsy Knitting Instructors
Craftsy Knitting Instructors
Every Craftsy class gives you a chance to follow along with one of the world's best instructors, or in this case seven! • Kate Atherley is a teacher, designer and technical editor whose popular book Beyond Knit & Purl has drawn great acclaim. • Ann Budd is a book editor, knitwear designer and the author of the best-selling Knitter's Handy Book series. • Carol Feller is a knitwear designer and instructor known for dreaming up pieces that are flattering to wear and fun to knit. • Amy Herzog is a Boston-based knitwear designer and the author of the book Knit to Flatter. You may recognize her from her popular Fit to Flatter tutorials. • Sally Melville has been knitting and designing for more than fifty years — the only thing she loves as much is passing the knowledge along to students. • Clara Parkes loves fiber. She's the publisher of the Knitter's Review and the author of multiple books, including The Knitter's Book of Yarn. • Aurora Sisneros is the owner of Fabric Bliss, a yarn shop in Denver, Colorado, where she teaches knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and tatting.

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