Knit Picks Podcast Episode 347 – Learning & Teaching Yarn Crafts

Today on the Knit Picks Podcast we’re talking all about our knitting pasts and futures. From learning to knit to taking that knowledge and teaching someone to knit, the Knit Picks Podcast team offers up their experience.

First up Lee and Stacey invite friends, co-workers and fellow crafters, Heather and Kate to come on the podcast for a discussion of their knitting and crochet origins. Each starts their craft somewhere but what everyone has in common is that someone else helped them get started.

Next Lee and Stacey share tips and tricks for people who want to teach knitting to their friends and family. While Lee has experience teaching knitting classes, Stacey has experience helping people in one-on-one learning sessions. Stacey also shares the old knitting rhyme: “In through the window, run around back, out through the window, off jumps Jack”

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List of helpful tips to consider when teaching someone to knit 

1.) Gather good materials
2.) Come prepared with printed instructions too
3.) Consider who you’re teaching
4.) Start simple
5.) Be patient 
6.) Celebrate the wins
7.) Remind them that this is going to take some time
8.) Continue the excitement for knitting – join a community
9.) Continue the learning by inviting them to Craft Nights and online communities
10.) Have fun!

What helped you learn to knit? What worked for you when teaching someone to knit? Share in the comments below. 

Mentioned in This Episode:
WeCrochet Podcast Episode 40 – Crochet Jobs Part 3 – Teaching Crochet To Make Money And Get Confident With Arica Presinal & Pia Thadani 
Learn to Knit Kits 
New Learn to Knit Kits – Learn to Cable Coho Cowl 
Learn to Cable Bowline Hat 
Knit Picks Learning Center 
Straight Needles 
Wool of the Andes 
Needle 101 
Yarn 101 
Stitch N Bitch The Knitters Handbook by Debbie Stoller 
Stitch N Bitch Nation 
Knitting Rules The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatcing Stashing Ribbing & Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee 
Knitting Needles 

0:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast!
0:44 Stacey’s yarn crafting origin story
2:12 Lee’s yarn crafting origin story
3:58 Heather’s yarn crafting origin story
7:04 Kate’s yarn crafting origin story
14:25 New Knit Picks Learn to Knit Kits!
15:34 Teaching someone to knit tips and tricks
40:33 The Credits

Featured Image ID: Two sets of hands, each with their own knitting needles and yarn, are on a marble table top with additional yarns around. One pair of hands holds the needles comfortably while the other doesn’t.


  1. John Hall / January 17, 2022

    What happened to the podcast? There haven’t been any new episodes in awhile.

  2. Cheryl / August 13, 2021

    Pattern question?

    Hi! I’m knitting your coziest cable cardigan sweater. I am to the front panel cable pattern instructions. Row 2 says k8 (10,11,13), p15, k8 (10,11,13). I’m confused w the numbers in the (). Can you help me please? Thanks Cheryl

    • Michelle Fitzgerald / August 23, 2021

      Hi Cheryl,
      See the Finished Measurements list of sizes included; they should say something like “body circumference a (b, c, d)” — these sizes correspond with the numbers in the pattern. So for example, for k8 (10, 11, 13), if you’re making size c, then you’ll k11. If you need further assistance, we would love to help. Reach out to us by phone or email to our customer service team at 1-800-574-1323 or, which is the fastest way to the experts. Happy Knitting!