Machine Knitting Correspondence Courses

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 will need to furnish your own knitting supplies and you are responsible for the postage to the instructor. All courses have a one-year time limit. All courses are limited to English only.

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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 to perform all of the basic functions: casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, and ribbing. All skills necessary to produce a simple sweater and lap robe will be covered. 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.

Instructor: The instructor for this course is Katharine Seaman.

Who should take this course? Machine knitters wanting to learn to work with a single-bed knitting machine.

Course Structure: 

Course Requirements: Swatches and written work, as well as two projects: a lap robe (or baby blanket) and a simple sweater.

Course Fee: The fee for this course is $150. An additional fee of $20 is applied for non-US residents to cover additional shipping charges.

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.

Instructor: The instructor for the course is Katharine Seaman.

Who should take this course? Machine knitters wanting to learn to work with a double-bed PASSAP machine.

Course Structure: 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, how to make simple eyelets and buttonholes, how to create necklines, knit Fair Isle, and much more. By the time you finish the course you will have more confidence in your machine knitting. The course comes with a quick reference section that will enable you to find a technique without having to page through the whole course.

Course Requirements: Swatches and written work, as well as three projects: a lap robe (or baby blanket), a treasure bag, and a sweater.

Course Fee: The fee for this course is $150. An additional fee of $20 is applied for non-US residents to cover additional shipping charges.

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.

Instructor: The instructor for this course is Katharine Seaman.

Who should take this course? This course is designed for machine knitters wanting to work with a PASSAP E-6000.

Course Structure: The PASSAP Console course will cover the console and its parts and their uses, how the console interacts with the locks, and 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.

Course Requirements: Swatches and written work are required. 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.

Course Fee: The fee for this course is $150. An additional fee of $20 is applied for non-US residents to cover additional shipping charges.


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