This is a compilation of resources created for a workshop I developed on knitting and math called "Knit it, Solve It!" for the Mississippi Arts Commission's 2011 Whole Schools Institute.
Knitting books relevant for the workshop are gathered together in a Knit School Amazon Store. Please remember to support local bookstores and/or yarn shops when possible. Any revenues from Knit School Amazon Store will be used to support teaching children and teens to knit.
Online Knitting Community
Ravelry is an amazing resource! If you are a knitter, you have to check this out. You can search for free patterns. You can search for a pattern and see what yarns other people have used. You can keep track of your own projects, stash, needles, books, etc. AMAZING!
Online Knitting Videos
The following sites have multiple teaching videos. For other videos, search knitting terms, projects, and abbreviations on You Tube for a plethora of how-to videos! Find one that works for you.
Guidelines for Teaching Kids to Knit
- Cat Bordhi's Knitting In Schools (free PDF)-- Oh no! This is no longer available. I'm checking to see what has happened, but Ms. Bordhi has just re-designed her website. I'll keep you posted.
- WoolWorks! Teaching to the Standards with Fiber Arts by Lorna McMaster for Harrisville Designs
Knitting and Math
- 13.5 minute video of a British classroom using knitting and math to solve various types of problems
- Wooly Thoughts Mathghans: Focus on geometric transformations, triangular numbers, and group class projects
- General discussion of knitting and math
- Knit by Numbers: Explanation of sweater design using percentages and proportions
- Explanation of using multiples in patterns
- Explanation of how gauge is important
- Quote from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, one of the world’s funniest and expert knitters, about knitting and math
Higher Math, Science, and Artistic Knitting: InspirationInexpensive Knitting Supplies
- www.knitpicks.com for inexpensive natural fiber yarn and knitting needles (including good quality circular needles)
- www.morehousefarm.com for inexpensive wooden and bamboo needles made by ChiaoGoo (the needles used at the workshop—9 inch size 7, 8, and 9 single point needles)
Just For Fun!
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