Dearly beloved knitters,
You hear us say this all the time: we want to make more knitters. For us, knitting has been a huge source of joy, laughter, and connection to others. Being practitioners of one of the world’s great craft traditions has elevated our lives.
That’s why we wrote Skill Set: Beginning Knitting. And that’s why we created the Skill Set video app: to make more knitters. Our goal is to make knitting easy to learn.
The book is a hit with knitting teachers and beginning knitters, and also with more experienced knitters in need of a quick refresher. The Skill Set video app takes it a step further, so that learners always have help close at hand. We keep the 44 videos short and focused, clear and positive, more show than tell. Our message for new knitters is “you got this!”
We’re thrilled at the warm feedback we’ve heard. Skill Set is a good thing. We’re proud of it, and we want everyone to know about it.
To make the Skill Set videos even more accessible for people who want to knit, we’re making all 44 videos available for free.
We proudly present Skill Set: The YouTube Channel.
At the Skill Set YouTube channel, you’ll find all 44 Skill Set videos, neatly labeled, ready to watch and share. The videos demonstrate the nine lessons in our book Skill Set: Beginning Knitting.
Nine Simple Lessons
Drawing on our decades of knitting experience, we designed Skill Set to be short and sweet: everything a new knitter needs to know, and nothing they don’t.
What are the nine lessons, you ask?
Lesson 1 Supplies, Casting On, Knit Stitch, Binding Off
Lesson 2 Purl Stitch, Combining Knits and Purls
Lesson 3 Basic Shaping: Increases and Decreases
Lesson 4 Knitting in the Round
Lesson 5 Basic Lace and Cables
Lesson 6 Basic Colorwork: Stripes, Stranding, Intarsia
Lesson 7 Finishing: Weaving in Ends, Seaming, Blocking
Lesson 8 Patterns, Yarn, and Gear
Lesson 9 Fixing Mistakes
We cordially invite you to dive into the Skill Set YouTube channel. If you like what you see, subscribe to it, so it’s easier to find a video when you need it.
There’s More: Get the Skill Set App for 99 Cents!
We’re making the videos available on YouTube to provide a free resource to new knitters, one that we hope will be a path to the bighearted community of knitters here at MDK.
But YouTube is not a perfect tool for what we’re trying to do.
The best and most user-friendly version of Skill Set? The video app for smartphones.
With the app, no internet connection is needed, and there’s no searching for the video you need. All 44 videos are right there on your phone. The app keeps track of your progress through the lessons, and you can favorite the videos you use the most, for easy reference.
In addition, the app includes all the text and illustrations of the book—it’s a complete experience, designed for multiple learning styles and situations.
For a limited time, we’re making the video app available to download for just 99 cents. Find the Skill Set video app for Apple iOS here. And for Android here. Take a minute to download it now, and you’ll have a knitting teacher in your pocket.
Why Are We Doing This?
We believe that once you’ve seen and used the app, you’ll love it, and we hope you’ll share it with everyone you know who wants to learn to knit. It’s that simple.
Let’s Make More New Knitters: How You Can Help
- Subscribe to the Skill Set YouTube channel.
- Tell your friends, knitters, and wannabe knitters about this great resource.
- Download the Skill Set video app. You’ll find it for Apple iOS here. For Android here.
- Help us spread the word by following our Instagram Skill Set account, @how.to.knit, and re-posting our content to your followers.
As ever, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support of everything we get up to here at MDK. Now let’s get out there and make more knitters!
Ann and Kay