Middle School Knitting (6th - 8th grade)
In this course, students will learn basic stitches, how to knit in the round (think 'hats' and socks', etc.), how to hold their hook or needles in the way that works best for them, and they will make beautiful projects that look much more complicated than they really are. Students will also learn to read and write patterns so they can re-visit some of their favorite creations, or find new ones. For Christmas, they will create 'Love Projects' that will be given to the elderly and the homeless.
Materials Needed Include:
> 2 skeins of "I Love This Yarn" brand synthetic yarn from Hobby Lobby, one being multicolored, the other being a solid color that matches the multicolor. Please avoid solid black because it is much harder to see the stitches when using vey dark colors.
> 1 crochet hook, size I-9
> 1 set of ChiaoGoo brand (preferred) circular knitting needles, size 8. This brand uses a metal wire coated with plastic for the cord that goes between the needles. Other brands use a plastic cord that usually gets in the way of making the stitches. We want new and seasoned artisans to stay encouraged throughout their projects.
> 1 darning needle (plastic or metal) for working in ends
> 1 pair small scissors sharp enough to cut yarn well
> 1 row counter
> 1 stitch marker - we recommend getting 1 small bag of safety pin bulb stich markers. These markers are made of thin metal in the shape of a light bulb, with a safety pin open and close end. They can be added to any part of the project at any time, and used for crocheting in addition to knitting. The thinness of the metal helps prevent 'laddering' in your knitting.
> Recommended, but not required: a small bag or box to keep supplies organized.