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


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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


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


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.


  • 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


  • 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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