If you know anyone who'd like to learn
to knit, designers Libby Summers,
Kat Goldin and Joanne Scrace are ready to help. Following on from the success of Kat's Crochet Camp over the summer, Knit Camp launches in the New Year.
The Knit Camp will be an online course, teaching all the knitting basics through step-by-step lessons provided free on Kat’s blog, Slugs on the Refrigerator. There are three free patterns on offer, to help practise the skills, designed specially for the course in Libby Summer’s Fine Aran: Kat has designed a pair of wrist warmers, Joanne a knit flat hat, and Libby a mini hot water bottle.
Materials and patterns for the projects will be available in kits to pre-order, for shipping mid-November from a dedicated website and at The Country Living Fair in Glasgow – 21-26 November.
The course will cover knit and purl stitches, casting on and casting off, simple shaping techniques, adding texture and colour, finishing techniques and more, with clear photos and easy-to-follow instructions. Learning to knit this way won't be lonely either, as you can join a Facebook group, Knit Camp: an informal forum for discussing techniques, getting help from the designers and others, and sharing project successes.
Libby said: “Friends and customers have been asking for a while for an online knitting course, as many of them just can’t commit to going out to a workshop or course in their local knitting shop. I am really hoping that this will bring many more people into the community of knitters, who otherwise wouldn’t have made it. I am thrilled to be working with Kat and Joanne on this project, as they are both incredibly talented designers and bloggers, and three is so much better than one!”
Kat added “Crochet Camp 2013 was a huge success. We had over 3,000 people joining in over the course of the camp and 1,200 in the Facebook group. I am so excited to be joining forces with Joanne and Libby to get more people learning to knit.”
Joanne says “I love teaching and passing on my skills so was delighted to be asked to be a ‘camp counselor.’ Crochet camp was such a lot of fun and the Facebook group is still so active. If you want to learn to knit then do come and join the fun. The Knit Camp kit is the perfect thing to add to your Christmas list."