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Knitting 101

This course listing applies to a Spring 2016 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2016
ESPM 98/198
1-2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

Knitting is a universal activity that provides both stress relief and a useful product. Students can knit during class while still paying attention, and create beautiful gifts for friends, family, and charity. Experienced knitters can also knit while walking around or waiting in line, staying active during down time. Knitting is useful for all types of people, especially those who like to make things, express creativity, and keep busy.

Along with knitting techniques, this course will cover knitting culture, history, and the environmental impacts of knitting. The facilitators will give 15-20 minute presentations at the beginning of class about knitting in the world and the evolution of knitting over time. The topics for these presentations can be found below under “Knitting in History and the World Presentation List.” In addition, students will be required to select, read, and complete annotations on at least 3 articles or book chapters of their choice related to the cultural aspects of knitting, the sheep/wool industry, and/or sustainability in knitting. Students may use one of the readings from our provided reading list below as one of the 3 required readings. An annotation worksheet will be provided to help students complete this assignment. Students may not select more than 2 articles/chapters from the same topic (ex. 2 articles related to knitting culture). These readings and annotations can be done anytime over the course of the semester, and students will turn their 3 ompleted annotations at the end of the DeCal. At the end of the DeCal, students will finish a scarf project of their choice to take home

The goal of this class is to enable students, by the end of the semester, to execute and design patterns, as well as to build a local knitting community in which to share new ideas and techniques. This course will cover the basic techniques, but encourages students to pursue their own personal interests within the craft and to explore the multitude of resources available locally and online. The annotation assignment will also help the facilitators build an archive of resources on knitting culture, sustainability, and the effects of the sheep industry on the environment for future lectures and classes.

Advanced Section Information:

In addition to the beginner's class, we will be holding an advanced section for intermediate/advanced knitters who want to learn more advanced techniques and try large-scale projects. If you are interested in attending the advanced section, please send in an application to the DeCal stating your preference for the advanced section.

How to Enroll:

Attendance and Participation:

Because of the limited number of spaces available, you are only allowed two unexcused absences, and absences cannot be during consecutive weeks. If you truly need to miss more than two classses, you must email the instructor in advance and do a make-up project. The makeup project will consist of a swatch of material based on the material covered in the missed class.

More than three unexcused absences will lead to the student being dropped from the class.

Enrollment will be based on 1. first-come, first-served, 2. seniors prioritized, and 3. a mix of skill levels.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Sp16 semester. However, if you are very interested in taking our DeCal, please come to our first class on 1/28 to talk with us.

Please email us at with any questions or concerns about our DeCal!

Course Contact: calknits AT


Faculty Sponsor: Kurt Spreyer

Time & Location:

Tina Pai
Samantha Wong
Arty Zhang
6060 BarrowsTh 5p-7p1/28full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Knitting 101 Syllabus Spring 2016.docxJan 23186kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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