Beginners knitting for men


Firstly I apologize for intruding, as I am a female knitter, but your input is crucial. I'd like to start a beginners knitting class for men in Philadelphia, PA and would like your input on how it should be marketed. Also, is there advice you could give me on the tools that makes it easier for a man to learn to knit ie, needled,yarn, instructions, patterns, structure of the class etc.

I thought about making it very casual, maybe we meet at a bar on a weekday night (philly's a huge drinking town and people are down to do anything when drinking's involved) and they pay per session.

Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and happy knitting!

MMario's picture

I don't know about bars in philly - but in my nexk of the woods they are too noisy, too full of distractions and the light levels are too poor to consider as a venue for beginner knitters.

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I agree with MMario....a coffee shop may be better....or a gym.

OK...kidding on the last one. Welcome...

teejtc's picture

I'd agree with the Coffee Shop idea, depending on the particular shop. You might check out a microbrewery... they often have a "couch room" or a quieter, but not quite restaurant-y (and rushed) feel.

As for what to start with. My first real project was socks. I tried (and failed) several scarves (which ended up as "hotpads").

My suggestion would be to bring several reasonably simple patters that could be worked in worsted weight and let them choose their project. I generally feel that people will learn what they need to make what they want to make. Unlike some crafts, the essentials of knitting can be learned VERY quickly and students can quickly "graduate" to projects. Just an idea.

Grace and peace,

BuduR's picture

I'd scrap the bar idea for all the reasons mentioned and because you know there's always that one little drunk guy in the bar that has to pick a fight with someone and knitters carry alot of sharp pointy things, it could get ugly. Tim's idea is a good one too, it's always easier to learn to do something when the result is something you want.

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MMario's picture

yeah - especialy when the "little" drunk guy is 6 foot five.....MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

BuduR's picture

bwahahahaha I dated him about 6 years ago!

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superi's picture

It might help if you had another male knitter there to help teach. Some guys might feel more comfortable if they were actually learning from a man. It might help the disregard the effeminate stereotype of knitting more easily if there was male teaching there to help teach.


krooks's picture

I would not start with a project. Just teach the basics - cast on, knit, purl, cast off. Once you have the building blocks of knitting, it is much easier to move into a project

You learn to write your A,B,C's before you write a novel.

scottly's picture

I hate to be negative about this but I think you're gonna have a hard time finding men who want to learn in a group. Most men aren't keen on group activities unless its a sports thing. Personally I find one on one lessons much more appealing.

Do you have men interested already?

I wish I were knitting now.

I'm a new knitter and never taught it, but I would emphasis larger needles and thicker yarns, personally. I'm sure there are plenty of guys out there who can do very fine work, but I personally find larger needles easier and more comfortable to hold in my hands.

I would also add a bit about the history of men knitting as it may help guys feel more comfortable knitting. Knitting with Balls has some of this as does the basic Vogue knitting manual (the name escapes me at the moment).

I also think the idea that was mentioned about having a male co-teacher could be helpful too.

"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi