last night I taught my first official knitting class. I've taught informal ones before, showing friends how to do toe-up or 2 at a time socks, but never a real class at an LYS. I had 3 students and was a bit worried when one gal said she's only been knitting for a few months, had never even done increases, and another gal was pretty new to knitting too. The third had done socks before but not toe-up. I know her from my knititng group, and I feel kind of bad bc she wanted to learn 2 at a time but the class is for 1 at a time and with the other two being somewhat newbies, I didn't want to confuse them.
First up was Judy's Magic cast-on, from knitty.com. That's IMO the hardest part of the class, and it can be a bit disheartening since that's what they start with. I had hand-outs, and I brought some worsted weight yarn to demo with so they could see better what I was doing. The vetran got it pretty quickly after casting on once or twice. The other two had some trouble, one got it cast on after a few tries but then started knitting on the wrong side. The other gal had an awful time getting it cast on but finally about halfway thru the class, there was that AH-HA moment. You know the one, the moment where things just CLICK, and you're like "Oh, I get it!" and it is somewhat smooth sailing from there. All of a sudden they just got it. It was great! I showed the newbie how to do a kf&b increase and how to recognize if it was a row to increase on or not, even drew an example on the chalkboard! I felt like a real teacher! LOL. By the end of class they were all at least halfway thru the toe! One of them said "I'll admit, I was worried in the beginning that I was going to be dropping out of this class, but this really isn't as hard as I thought it would be!" So that is encouraging.
Their homework was to finish the sock thru the gusset so they could work on the heel next week. I told them if they didn't get that far it is OK, we could work on it the following week. It is a 3 week class, but the 3rd week is just the cuff ribbing and cast off, so they can probably handle it by themselves. I also gave them my email addy in case they had problems.
This is fun. I enjoy teaching, I think I'm patient enough to be good at it, and I get to make a little extra yarn money. WOOHOO!