Correspondence Courses

Our educational focus is what makes us stand out in the knitting world. We provide so many options to help better your knitting, whether for fun or for pursuing excellence.

TKGA Correspondence Courses allow you to build your knitting skills.  You’ll study at your own pace with the finest knitting teachers.  Work from written materials and send completed lessons to the instructor for a written evaluation.  Cost includes instructional materials and postage from instructor to student.  You’ll need to furnish your own knitting supplies and you are responsible for the postage to the instructor.  Unless otherwise specified, courses have a one-year time limit – as long as the course is still being offered.  All courses are limited to English only.

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HAND KNITTING CORRESPONDENCE COURSES

In this self-study introduction to hand knitting, written instructions and illustrations help you learn – and can be kept for handy reference for years to come. You will learn common abbreviations, how to use basic knitting tools, how to cast on and hold yarn in various knitting styles, and basic stitches.  Once you’ve practiced and gained some confidence, send your swatches to the instructor for review.

Three Lesson Course by Arenda Holladay.  This excellent course (originally authored by Barbara Scott) can serve as a preview for the Master Knitter Program.  It teaches the proper knitting techniques and basic format you will need to know as a Master Knitting program enrollee.  Even if you do not enroll in the Masters Program, you will gain valuable knitting knowledge and skill.  By working small swatches, you will experiment with various types of edges, increases and decreases.  You will become aware of the importance of gauge and how it varies with different stitches.  At course completion you will understand basic techniques and their uses.  Requirements to complete the course include written materials and several knitted swatches.

Five lesson course by Suzanne Bryan.  Mosaic patterns involve two or more colors, using one color in each row.  This course takes you from charts and swatches through a finished garment.  You will learn to work from charts in both stockinette and garter stitch, working both flat and in the round.  You will learn all the shaping needed for a sweater, plan your sweater and complete it within the program.

 Four Lesson Course by Arenda Holladay.  Garment “finishing is the mark of a good knitter and a quality garment.  Learn scores of hints and tips while you work with a number of finishing techniques.  The techniques covered in this course are the same ones tested in Level 2 of the Masters Program including seaming, picking up stitches and buttonholes.  Each lesson includes a reference section and instructions for sample swatches which illustrate the techniques covered in the lesson.  A sweater is required for the fourth lesson to demonstrate that the knitter can apply the skills learned in the course.  A pattern is provided for a doll sweater but any sweater which meets the criteria may be submitted

Skill level: Intermediate

This class explores techniques for working Shetland Lace. There are three lessons. The first packet of each lesson includes information specific to Shetland Lace and lace in general, while the second packet of each lesson walks you through a Shetland Shawl Sampler. The sampler is worked in three stages and has you work lace techniques such as provisional cast on, grafting lace seams, picking up stitches in lace, beginning and working an edging, grafting an edging, and dressing the shawl. Video links are included as are tutorial photos for techniques. The instructor is available to answer all questions should you need help. Included is up to $12 in return postage (domestic) and $32 (foreign), should you require hands on help from the instructor. Type of shipping and packaging will be determined based on the problem.

Skills needed for this class: You should have some experience working from charts and some basic experience working with yarn overs. You do not need extensive lace experience.

The General Information packet that accompanies the course will provide information for sourcing materials needed for this class. You will be working with Shetland lace weight wool and size 4 needles.

A guided work and learn course by Arenda Holladay.  Do you have a wonderful idea for a sweater but aren’t sure how to bring it to fruition? Perhaps you’ve seen a sweater in a magazine or book that you would like to adapt to a different yarn weight or size. In this course you can learn to draft that pattern – starting with an evaluated swatch and measurements and working through the process of: accurately measuring gauge, plugging numbers into a schematic drawing, and incorporating good design elements. Once you begin work on the sweater, you will be asked to submit your knitting at various critical stages for review and guidance. At the end of the course you will have a one-of-a-kind garment designed by and for you! Best of all, you’ll have gained the knowledge to create more!

(Not for novice knitters. And note that while this course may help one develop skills that will be useful in Masters Level 3, the lesson sweater from this course may not be used in Master Level 3.)

Three Lesson Course by Arenda Holladay.  The goal of this course is to help you understand the concept of gauge and how you can use it to knit garments that fit.  You will learn how to properly knit a gauge swatch, measure and calculate gauge and use that information to work an existing pattern or create a new one.

Three lesson course by Binka Schwan.  Does your stockinette stitch fabric have ridges and gutters?  Are the edges of your fabric even or are there alternating large and small stitches?  Is your ribbing even or is one column of knit stitches larger than its neighbor?  Are there enlarged purl stitches directly to the left of the cables?  Does your seed stitch have holes in it?  If you answer yes to any of these questions, your tension may need taming. The goal of this course is to provide you with the tools needed to tame your tension and produce even stitches as you knit.

MACHINE KNITTING CORRESPONDENCE COURSES

The PASSAP Console course for the PASSAP E-6000 will provide you with all of the information necessary for you to become comfortable with the E-6000’s electronic console. The course is designed with a knitter familiar with the basics in mind, but it does have an introductory portion that covers the details. This section is not as detailed as the Beginner’s Course.
The PASSAP Console course will cover, the console and its parts and their uses, how the console interacts with the locks, how the lock settings work and their meanings. It continues by teaching how to program the console and how to read and understand the stitch pattern book. You will be making swatches of the different patterns in the book and comparing them. The course also covers the Alter Program, and the Form Program as well as how to perform the hand techniques necessary for your design such as increasing, decreasing, dividing the knitting and seaming stitches. The two projects that are necessary for the successful completion of this course are an afghan with multiple patterns and a sweater created using the Form Program.
The instructor for the course is Katharine Seaman.

This course is designed for the owners of the double bed PASSAP knitting machines, the DM5, DM80 and the E-6000. It will take you from looking at what appears to be a complex piece of machinery to making a sweater. From their you are only limited by your imagination.  By making swatches and experimenting with different techniques, you will learn the names and functions of the machines, how to thread them, the meanings of the lock settings and how they change the appearance of the fabric, how to increase and decrease, make simple eyelets and buttonholes, create necklines, knit Fair Isle and much more. By the time that you finish the course you will have more confidence in your machine knitting and you will have created a lap robe (or baby blanket), a Treasure bag and a sweater. The course comes with a quick reference section, that will enable you to find a technique without having to page through the whole course.
The instructor for the course is Katharine Seaman.

The Starting Out Machine Knitting Correspondence Course will introduce beginning single bed machine knitters to their knitting machines, its parts and their functions. You will become comfortable with the machine by using it perform all of the basic functions, casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing and ribbing, necessary to produce a simple sweater and lap robe. You will also have the chance to explore and use the many different stitch patterns available as punchcards, mylar sheets or in the computer’s memory as you create your final projects.

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