Knitting Badge


(Discover Art or Discover the Home)
Written by Sylvia Duke & Joan Munro

Level 1:  Do 4 including the three starred:

_____ 1* Know what equipment is needed to knit: eg; knitting needles, stitch stopper, yarn, stitch counter,
tapestry needle, stitch holder, bag to keep your work in.

_____2.  * Always practice safety when knitting: carry your needles with the point down and with the stitch
stopper on the ends to protect the needles and prevent the stitches slipping off.  Always wash your hands
before knitting.  Children should use plastic knitting needles.

_____3.  * Know the meaning of the following knitting terms: cast on, knit, cast off/bind off.  Be able to cast on
10 stitches using two needles and knit 20 rows in plain knitting (known as garter stitch) and then cast off/bind
off the stitches.   Count the number of stitches at the end of each row, to make sure that you have not
dropped any.  Attach your square to a piece of card and label it; this will be the beginning of a book of knitting
stiches showing your skills. 

_____4.  Visit a yarn/craft shop to see and feel different types of yarn that can be used for knitting eg; woolen,
acrylic, bamboo, cotton etc.  Which do you like best?

_____5.  Make a scarf for a teddy bear/doll by casting on 10 stitches and knitting in garter stitch until it is long
enough for the toy.  Cast off the stitches and sew in the ends with a tapestry needle.

_____6.  Make a collage of at least 10  pictures of different knitted items.

_____7.  Find out about different ways to knit: these include knitting machines, French knitting/spool knitting
looms and pole knitting.

Level 2:  Do 5 including the three starred:

_____1. * Complete Level 1  #1 & 2.

_____2. * Know the meaning of the following knitting terms: cast on, knit, cast off/bind off.  Be able to cast on
15 stitches using two needles and knit 30 rows in plain knitting (known as garter stitch) and then cast off/bind
off the stitches.  Learn how to pick up dropped stitches.

_____3.  * Learn how knitting can be repaired when a hole or run is made in a garment.  Learn about the
correct way to launder and care for knitted items.

_____4.  Learn about three different types of yarn that can be used for knitting eg; woolen, acrylic, bamboo,
cotton etc.  Visit a yarn shop to feel and see these for yourself.  Which do you like best?

_____5.  Learn about the history of Knitting.  Find out what sorts of items were knitted in the past.

_____6.  Visit the craft section of a bookstore, library or craft store and look at the knitting books.  Check the
junior books section also as there are knitting books written for young people too.  Which books did you like
best?  Do you feel the instructions in the books are easy to follow?

_____7.  Learn how to sew overcast stitches and blanket stitches with a tapestry needle and knitting yarn so
that you can stitch two pieces of knitting together at the seams.  Knit something simple like a coin-purse in
plain knitting, joining the seams with overcast stitch or blanket stitch.  Blanket stitch can also be used to
decorate the edges of knitted items.

_____8.  Make a scarf for a teddy bear/doll by casting on 10 stitches and knitting in garter stitch until it is long
enough for the toy.  Cast off the stitches and sew in the ends with a tapestry needle.

_____9.  Make a collage of at least 15 of pictures of different knitted items.

_____10.  Find out about different ways to knit: these include knitting machines, French knitting/spool knitting
looms and pole knitting.

_____ 11.  Learn to knit simple stocking caps and donate at least 3 to a local hospital or non-profit
organization.

Level 3:  Do 6 including the three starred:

_____1. * Complete Level 2  #1 & 2 but cast on 20 stitches and knit 40 rows.  Also learn how to increase and
decrease the number of stitches in each row and learn the slip stitch.  Learn how to pick up dropped stitches.
Also learn how knitting can be repaired when a hole or run is made in a garment.  Learn about the correct way
to launder and care for knitted items.

_____2. * Learn the pearl stitch and cast on 20 stitches an knit 40 rows in stocking stitch (alternating rows of
plain and pearl).   Learn how to pick up dropped pearl stitches.

_____3. * Learn to read a knitting pattern: you should be familiar with the following most common
abbreviations:
beg; cm; cont; dec; garter st; inc; k; k2tog; kwise; m1; p; psso; pwise; rem; rep; sl; st;
st st; tbl; tog; repeat from *; (  ).
Before knitting a garment it is important to understand what tension is and how to check the tension of your
knitting with that for the pattern.  Learn how to knit a tension square before starting your item.

_____4.  Learn how to knit with two colours of yarn: make a square in alternating rows of colour.  Knit 36
garter stitch squares and join them together with overcast stitch or blanket stitch into a blanket for a baby.  Be
creative: use a combination of plain coloured squares and striped ones in your blanket.  Try different colour
combinations.

_____5.  Learn about six different types of yarn that can be used for knitting eg; woolen, acrylic, bamboo,
cotton etc.   Learn about the different weights of yarn eg; chunky, sport weight, worsted, double-knitting.   How
are they different?   Find out which size needles you would use with these yarns.  Visit a yarn shop to feel and
see these for yourself.  Which do you like best?

_____6.  Learn two different styles of “rib” knitting ie; Fisherman’s rib, and learn how to cast of/bind-off rib-
wise.  Ribbing is often used for scarves because it looks good from both sides.  Choose one pattern of
ribbing, cast on 50 stitches and make a simple scarf for yourself or a friend or relative.  You may add tassels
to the ends of the scarf if you wish.

_____7.  Visit the craft section of a bookstore, library or craft store and look at the knitting books.  Check the
junior books section also as there are knitting books written for young people too.  Which books did you like
best?  Do you feel the instructions in the books are easy to follow?

_____8.  Learn to make eyelet holes in a row of knitting.  Make a simple item which has eyelet holes eg; an
egg cosy; a bag with drawstring.

_____9.  Make a book of sample squares of different knitting stitch patterns. Learn three new knitting stitch
patterns and make a sample square of each pattern.  Examples of stitch patterns would be Moss Stitch,
Double Moss Stitch; Broken Garter Stitch; and there are many more!  Attach each square to a piece of card
and label each pattern.

_____10.  Learn how knitting has developed over the years from a cottage industry to a major industrial
clothing source; investigate the history of knitting machines and give a report to your family or friends on your
findings.   What careers are available in the knitting industry?

_____ 11.  Make a collage of at least 20  pictures of different knitted items.

_____12.  Knit an item of clothing for yourself eg; a cardigan, vest, sweater, shawl.

_____13.  Knit a layette for a baby.  This should include a hat, booties, cardigan or matinee jacket.

_____ 14.  Learn to knit simple stocking caps and donate at least 4 to a local hospital or non-profit
organization.

Level 4:  Do 7 including the three starred:

_____ 1 *Complete Level 3  #1, 2 & 3 (at this level cast on 25 stitches and knit 50 rows for the sample
squares).

_____ 2.  * Learn two different styles of “rib” knitting ie; Fisherman’s rib, and learn how to cast of/bind-off rib-
wise. Ribbing is often used for scarves because it looks good from both sides.  Choose one pattern of ribbing,
cast on 50 stitches and make a simple scarf for yourself or a friend or relative.  You may add tassels to the
ends of the scarf if you wish. If you did this at Level 3, then choose a different type of ribbing.

_____3.  * Learn about nine different types of yarn that can be used for knitting eg; woolen, acrylic, bamboo,
cotton, blends, textured yarn, etc.   Learn about the different weights of yarn eg; chunky, sport weight,
worsted, double-knitting.   How are they different?   Find out which size needles you would use with these
yarns.  Visit a yarn shop to feel and see these for yourself.  Which do you like best?

_____4.  Learn how to knit cable patterns.  Knit a tension-square with a cable pattern in it.
Attach your square to a piece of card and label the pattern.  Research the history of Aran/Fishermen’s
Sweaters.   Find the meanings of three of the stitch patterns used in them.  http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Aran_sweater is a good place to start.

_____5.  Knit an item of clothing for yourself eg; a cardigan, vest, sweater, shawl.

_____6.  Knit a layette for a baby.  This should include a hat, booties, cardigan or matinee jacket.

_____7.  Make a book of sample squares of different knitting stitch patterns. Learn five new knitting stitch
patterns and make a sample square of each pattern.  Examples of stitch patterns would be Moss Stitch,
Double Moss Stitch; Broken Garter Stitch; and there are many more!  Attach each square to a piece of card
and label each pattern.

_____8.  Learn how knitting has developed over the years from a cottage industry to a major industrial
clothing source; investigate the history of knitting machines and give a report to your family or friends on your
findings.   What careers are available in the knitting industry?

_____9.  Research the history of knitted lace.  Learn how to knit one lace pattern.  You may either knit a
length of lace and stitch it to a garment or pillow OR knit a lace pattern scarf.  For more information see http:
//www.knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/profile/020704_a.asp there is a Feather and Fan
scarf pattern at the bottom of the page.

_____10. Learn how to knit socks.  Learn which types of yarn are most suitable.  Find a simple pattern and
knit a pair of socks.

_____11.  Learn how to knit in two colours: make a square 25 stitches by 50 rows in alternating rows of
colour.  Knit 36 garter stitch squares and join them together with overcast stitch or blanket stitch into a blanket
for a baby.  Be creative: use a combination of plain coloured squares and striped ones in your blanket.  Try
different colour combinations.  If you did this at Level 3, you must knit another blanket.  You can also try a
combination of garter-stitch squares and stocking-stitch squares.

_____ 12.  Learn to knit simple stocking caps and donate at least 5 to a local hospital or non-profit
organization.