Can anyone weigh in here? I need advice, I’ve been asked to teach beginner knitting ( and maybe conduct an experienced group) at a local maker’s shop that carries lots of yarn. Not exactly what we call a LYS. Anyhoo, I’ve never done this, not sure I want to do this but am willing to give it a try. Tips and advice welcome! Also how much does one charge? The shop owner has mentioned the idea of $15-20 PP. For 1 hr?, not sure. I’m thinking of using the MDK booklet Skill Set for my guide/lesson plan. I’d be so appreciative to hear from any of you who have done this, thanks so much!
I have done this. I recommend providing a ball of yarn and a pair of needles to each student. If left to their own devices, beginners could show up for class with a ball of black boucle salvaged from their grandmother’s garage. Yes, I’ve been there. I would provide a ball of worsted weight yarn in some light color and a pair of single-point wooden needles. We would charge $30 for two two-hour sessions (yes, two sessions held a week apart to allow for practice time). Limit class size to no more than six people. Casting on (long-tail cast-on) will take up most of the first session. Each student should ideally get hands-on help with this. I used to teach children to knit and also child-parent pairs using this same technique. You could write to me and I can send you the lesson plan I cooked up. Great fun will be had by all. Good luck and best wishes!
Thanks for this! I would love to look at your lesson plan, would you email it to me?
You mentioned “we”, did you teach with someone else?
I teach at a local shop too! I do mainly advanced classes, but my friends teach the beginner classes…they find a small project…like a scarf, works well, and keeps them interested.
I get paid by the hour at the shop…$20 per hour…since these are .experienced knitters, not a lot of hand holding goes on, just watching, giving tips, setting up the project, etc. so I feel it is a fair wage
I would also suggest printing our a pattern with no copyright infringement or just a garter stitch scarf that you design, this will help with how to read a pattern and give everyone something to do during the one week break. You might talk about yarn and bring a sample of some accessories (scissors, needle to weave in ends, stitch markers) With the pattern in hand you can also teach how to count rows (tick marks etc) so they can keep their place. Best of luck sounds like a lot of fun (sorry family teachers here…)
I usually recommend making a rectangle that can be joined end to end into a cowl as a first project. You can do a sampler of knit and purl stitches and introduce stitch markers.
I also limit my beginning classes to 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
Yes that sounds fair, than you for the input
Great suggestions thanks so much!
How do you teach them to join the ends? Do you get into kitchener with them?
Yes, I will dig up and send. Covid ended all teaching.
By we I meant the shop owner. I forgot to mention I did not get paid, but did the teaching because I retired from my career in high tech and became a nearly full-time volunteer teacher, so did not need the extra income. I recently saw the advert from another LYS which is asking $30 for each session. Plus students have to bring their own ball of chunky yarn and size 10 needles. This is northern California.
The other we I was thinking of was the school where I volunteered. They had a knitting and crochet club. We taught 4th and 5th graders. Those kids were fantastic to work with. First project was a bookmark.
You’re going to have great fun and meet interesting people!
We usually overlap the cast on and bind off and fasten it with a few buttons. Embroidery will also work!
I see, nice!
I agree with Emmy. $25-$30 for an hour or 2 depending on location is very fair,especially if you are supplying yarn and needles. I would also suggest they buy the mdk app. Also I would have a loud alarm to remind you of the time to leave and another for 1/2 hour later just to really help you stop.
Super, thanks so much!
I’ve done this too, for JoAnn’s. Wooden or bamboo needles are preferred, I recommend the knitted cast on, & have them make a square (see the knitted bunny made from a square on Ravelry) or a rectangle cowl
I was paid $15 per hour, per student
That’s a very cute and clever pattern, thank you!