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Knitting 101

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Spring 2010
Linguistics 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

              The increased accessibility of information has done wonders for knitters everywhere, but the barrier of jargon and the very nature of the craft make it difficult for beginners to build upwards from the basics without the presence of a real-life guide. This course aims to demystify knitting by creating a supportive community of knitters who are excited to both learn and to teach. We will start out with the fundamental basics of knitting, and gradually learn techniques to create more difficult items such as hats, gloves, and socks.

              Class sessions will be divided up into (a) a short presentation on a knitting-related topic, (b) a lecture that introduces or reviews technique, and (c) a hands-on activity period during which students will knit and troubleshoot their project with others’ help. This class will be taught collaboratively. Although facilitators will conduct the lectures, presentations may be made by anyone. Most importantly, all students are potential teachers during the hands-on period. Students should be able to turn to someone nearby and ask them for hands-on help.

              The course will not only focus on the specifics of how to knit, but will attempt to broaden students’ awareness of the craft. The short presentations will not seek to impart knitting techniques, but will cover peripheral topics, such as the difference between fibers, or the related crafts of spinning and dyeing. We hope to show students the richness and variety of this tradition in addition to passing on a significant body of practical skills.

              By the end of this course, students will have learned:

  • basic knitting techniques
    • fundamentals, such as knit, purl, cast-on and bind-off
    • increasing and decreasing
    • knitting in the round
    • cables and pom-poms
    • thumbs on gloves and heels on socks
    • lace
  • knitting jargon
  • how to read patterns and charts
  • how to knit “on your own”: namely, students will have been exposed to a variety of resources available within the local community and online, and will now be able to start, troubleshoot, and complete projects without our explicit aid.

How to Enroll:

Come to the first day of class (Tuesday 1/26, 151 Barrrows, 5-7pm). I'll collect your information and hopefully mail you a CCN later that night.

Course Contact: s_jeong AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Line Mikkelsen

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Thursday40109 DwinelleTh 5p-7p2/04full
TuesdaySarah Jeong
40151 BarrowsTu 5p-7p1/26full

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Syllabus: Syllabus 2010.docJan 2567kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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