CraftJam Academy: Beginner Knitting with Designer Alexi Tavel

  • CraftJam 33 West 17th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY, 10011 United States

We are introducing a new series of workshops - CraftJam Academy. These workshops will consist of three to four sessions and are taught by experts in their field who will make sure you thoroughly learn a new skill or deepen the knowledge you already have.

With the launch of CraftJam Academy, we are starting off with the Beginner Knitting Workshop series. In three sessions knitwear designer Alexi Tavel will introduce you to the basics of knitting and guide you through your first knitting project, a knitted scarf or cowl. Through in-class demonstrations and weekly home assignments, you’ll learn the basics of knitting giving you the ability to follow thousands of existing patterns and maybe even design some of your own.

Students will learn the foundations of knitting – casting on, knitting, purling, simple stitch patterns, binding off and seaming – and will learn how to apply these skills to a variety of garments and accessories. Students are able to complete endless projects on their own after taking this class.

The curriculum:

1st week - Monday, November 7th: Introduction to knitting

  • Brief history and modern application of knitting
  • Reading a pattern
  • Casting on
  • The knit stitch
  • How to fix a dropped stitch
  • Homework: Continue knitting your project at home

2nd week -  Monday, November 14th: Continue and Finishing First Knitting Project

  • Review previous week and work
  • Binding off
  • Mattress stitch seam
  • Weaving in ends

3rd week - Monday, November 28th: Review and And New Skills

  • Finding patterns online
  • Reading different patterns
  • Different Cast-ons
  • The purl stitch, rib stitch, and seed stitch
  • Resources for further education

This class is beginner-friendly; no experience necessary! We will have all the supplies and materials ready for you, including yarn and knitting needles. Also, we are BYOB friendly, so bring a drink of your choice.

Alexi Tavel

Alexi Tavel is a talented knitwear designer with a modern approach to a timeless art form. Her company Two of Wands is known for its trendy knitwear pieces that you can either purchase ready made or as a pattern to make yourself. She has also collaborated with big brands such as Lion Brand and DMC.

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