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Knitting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Knitting is a popular hobby that can produce many different items. This lesson plan explains the basic steps of knitting and an activity leaves students with a hand-knitted bookmark.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify knitted items
  • list the supplies needed for knitting
  • explain the basic steps required for knitting

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.C

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.D

Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2

Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

Materials

  • Several knitted items
  • A short video to demonstrate how to cast on
  • A short video to illustrate the knit and purl stitches
  • A short video to demonstrate the bind off process
  • Medium-sized knitting needles (preferably size 6 - 8)
  • Bulky yarn
  • Rulers
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Bind off
  • Cast on
  • Knit
  • Knitting needles
  • Purl
  • Yarn

Instructions

  • Begin by displaying the knitted items for the class before passing them around the classroom to allow the students to touch and examine them.
    • What are these items made of?
    • How were they created?
  • Briefly summarize the art of knitting for the class, distinguishing between machine and hand-knitting.
    • How many of you own knitted items?
    • Do you think the items you own were knit by machine or by hand? Why?
  • Tell the class that you will focus on the process of hand-knitting.
  • Explain that there are two approaches in hand-knitting: the English method and the Continental method. Talk about how the major difference between the two is how the yarn is held and fed into the project.
  • List the supplies needed for knitting for the class.

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