Schools are listed under counties in alphabetical order
We hope that you will use this page as a means of networking with other teachers/helpers who are actively encouraging knitting in schools.
Please contact us to share examples of good practice and ideas - all of which will be posted on this website to help others plan and organise their school knitting clubs. We'd love to know what works, and what doesn't, which projects are the most popular, which projects appealed to the girls/boys and of course any Group Projects and any Knitting for Charity Projects.
Linda Gray is a teacher and hopes to start a knitting club in the New Year at her school. The information she would like to see on the website at the moment would be ideas for making, instructions, etc.
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Margaret set up a Craft Club in her local Primary school in October 2012.
Cloudside Junior School,
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Claire Hoey came to a Craft Club Training Day in Derby in September 2010. By the end of the month she had approached her local school, Bamford Primary School, Hope Valley, and had held her first Craft Club teaching the children how to knit.
Bamford Primary School,
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Maureen House is a primary school teacher and has started a lunchtime knitting club at school. At the moment (October 2009) she has 10 children aged 9-11 in the group, girls and boys. They are starting with a pouch which will hold a mobile phone or i-pod. All are very keen and are doing well - they are only using the knit stitch at the moment. It's so popular that Maureen is starting a second lunchtime club on another day for a different group of children.
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Margaret James is a PTA member of St
Aiden's School and began knitting classes in
school at the beginning of June through to July 2009. The children
enjoyed the course and they had a long list of complaints from mothers
who wanted to do the classes with their children or independently.
Added to the success of the course there has been a request for crochet
classes and a development from learning the basics of knitting to
do a further course that is a little more advanced. For this
level we taught the children how to knit, purl, cast off and cast
on. A more advanced course would be to learn how to make up and change
colours, as well as creating texture or basic lace patterns.
Click here to contact Margaret
Kirsty Derson has just set up an afterschool knitting club at Stow on the Wold Primary School and a lunch time one at Blockley Primary school (April 10)
Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School
Blockley C Of E Primary School
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Dominique Simpson currently working as a supply teacher in Primary schools in the above counties
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Cara Burnham, Curriculum Leader has set up a Knitting club in her school.
Kate Nisbet set up a knitting group to celebrate National Knitting Week 2012
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Sue Ashcroft is a self confessed ‘knit and crochet-a-holic' who teaches in a secondary school. They are having an ‘enterprise week' for the whole school at the start of July 2011 (5 whole days of knitting/crochet) and Sue will be looking after a group of 11 – 15 year old pupils (about 20 – 25) with a number of keen staff. She have been asked by lots of pupils if they could learn to knit or crochet and so my theme will be mainly wool craft. We are hoping to make small items that we can sell at the ‘Enterprise fair' on the Friday afternoon to raise funds for our partner school in Gambia.
Irlam and Cadishead Community High School
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Claire Stubbs is a teacher and a very keen knitter. After Christmas she plans to run a club to teach the children in her school how to knit and make simple things such as scarves and blankets.
Hounslow Town Primary School,
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I have been asked to run the knitting club at my children's school in Hackney, London. We meet once a week for an hour during the Play Centre hours. I work with 10 7-9 yr olds.
Millfields Community School,
Click here to contact Gosia
Teresa Eastwood is a teacher and aims to set up a knitting club at some point this school year
St Mark's Catholic School
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Sarah Eatwell is a teacher and would
like to place a knitting request where she is about to start a school
knitting and crochet club. Sarah would be grateful for any yarn, needles,
hooks or patterns anyone has spare.
Click here to contact Sarah
Anna Clancy is a study support co-ordinator working for The Learning Trust who run education in Hackney. She assists, advises and supports schools in setting up their out of hours clubs and is interested in producing a 'How to' sheet for setting up a knitting club in schools.
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Mary Brind-Surch runs a knitting group at Greens Norton Primary School at 12.00pm every Thursday
Greens Norton CE Primary School,
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Fiona Starbuck is planning to run a Craft Club in her school in early 2013
Trowell C of E Primary,
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Val Buhagiar is currently a volunteer lending support at Knitting and Stitching shows on the UK Hand Knitting Association's Learn To Knit Stand. Val runs a shop in the Wirral and would be happy to be involved with any local schools hoping to introduce a knitting club. As well as teaching knitting and crochet, Val is
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Linda Laidlaw will be helping to run a knitting after school club in September 2011.
Stanburn Junior School,
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Marion Standing teaches in Mitcham and is hoping to start a Craft Club after Christmas
"We are rehearsing our Christmas Production at the moment, called ‘Mary’s Knitting’ so I am knitting with the children and we have been talking about how we make balls of wool from sheep’s fleeces. We would love someone to come and show us some spinning? We plan to re-start our craft club after christmas and would love some local knitters to come and help us."
St Mark's Primary School,
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Stephany Gardiner is a mother who has
started a knitting club with one of the teachers at her daughter's
school St Johns in Kingston upon Thames. So far they have 10 children,
and are aiming to have 50 by Christmas. The club has been going for
3 weeks and so far 2 new children have been joining every week. The
teachers allow the children to knit during register time every morning
(about 15 min).
"It is like a mini wildfire sweeping through the school LETS HOPE WE CAN KEEP IT UP"
Mrs. S. Gardiner/ Miss. S. Elford
Click here to contact Stephany
Phillippa Cheong has started a Craft Club Head is Mrs Ashe. The school accommodates 210 pupils from Reception to Year 6.
Moseley Church of England Primary School,
Click here to contact Phillippa
Stoke Park School &
Click here to contact Michala
Janice Botterill is a freelance consultant, initiating and developing creative and craft-based projects. I have worked with schools, families and communities on art and craft-related projects and am hoping to develop that work with other groups and in other settings. My background has mostly been project-based in the fields of health promotion and education. I'm obsessive about all textile based art and craft, particularly knitting. I see making, crafting and creating as a way for individuals to explore their creativity and enjoy learning new skills. I'm particularly interested in the social aspects of knitting and the resurgence in craft groups. I organise a monthly knitting group, and teach adults and childrens to knit and crochet and am available to advise or help set up knitting projects.
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Sally Holmes has taught a Y10 Applied
Art group to knit for the past two years. They only have a couple
of lessons so it's not realistic to expect much, but they need a small
sample to put in their portfolios. The boys are reluctant to pick
up needles in case they get girl cooties so Sally is looking forward
to teaching them finger knitting instead.I'm also about to start a
Knit & Stitch Club as quite a few pupils have seen my knitting
and told me they can knit. I've got a small budget and lots of Freecycled
yarns and needles. I'm very interested in suggestions for marketing
such a club. A resource I'd find very useful would be a CD-ROM of
videos of the knit and purl stitches, looping over and over again,
to run on an electronic whiteboard. It would need to be well-filmed,
with needles, yarn and background that contrast well, showing both
hands, with no sound. An animation of something like the excellent
TechKnitter's illustrations would be great, either. I know that there
are some on the internet but our LEA is a bit over-zealous in blocking
dodgy sites and we can't get Youtube or blogs. Staff spend a good
deal of time and effort trying to work round the blocks.Sally is a
keen member of Ravelry and is currently setting up a group for UK
knitting teachers under 'SallyH' Sally Holmes
Click to contact Sally
Ann Collins is a teacher at Tong High School in Bradford. She is keen get others involved and organise a club at her school for students and staff alike.
Tong High School
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Julie Yates is starting Knitting, Crochet and Textile club.
"We have a group of students
who are very eager to get started to 'keep the crafts alive'."
Click to contact Julie
Lynn Gray Ross has a wealth of experience of teaching knitting in schools and has devised her own guide which is available on request.
Click here to contact Lynn
Jennie Bradley teaches knitting to children in Shetland primary schools, where her pupils can usually knit Fair Isle pattern and lace techniques by the age of twelve. Jennie is currently involved in the Creative Connections Summer Schools, 3-9 August 2009 on Shetland where she will be teaching the basic structures of knitted Shetland lace and colourful Fair Isle and their applications for creative textiles.
Click here to contact Jennie