About the Master Hand Knitting Program
The Master Hand Knitting Program was announced in the Fall 1987 issue
of Cast On as a way for members of The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA)
to have their knitting evaluated using specific criteria and guidelines. It
was designed as an educational process, not a competition or contest.
We encourage all knitters who are interested in learning more about their
chosen craft to participate in the program. The program is not for brand new
knitters, but for those who want to improve their skills. TKGA offers
correspondence courses for knitters who are interested in learning to knit.
Knitters work independently through three levels of the program, each
building on techniques demonstrated in the previous level. Each level is to
be completed and evaluated by the Master Hand Knitting Committee,
before the knitter is able to obtain material for the next level of the program.
For each level of the program, swatches will be knit, reports written, questions
answered and projects completed. Experienced knitters may require less
practice to master a technique while less experienced knitters may need to
rework a swatch many times. Both can become Master Knitters. By the time
you complete the program you will have a mastery of knitting techniques and
will have knowledge of the history and traditions of knitting. You will also have
experience in garment design and pattern writing. But more importantly you
will have the confidence in your own abilities. Where this confidence takes
you is up to you.
You may find yourself using the Master Knitter title to teach and knit for local
shops, guilds and more; write articles or submit patterns for publication, or
even work with yarn companies on original designs.
As of the postings through the February 2013 issue of Cast On magazine,
there are 268 TKGA Master Hand Knitters since the program began in 1987.
The Master® title, certificate and pin are awarded only to those knitters who
have completed all three levels of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Program.
Those who have received their Master Hand Knitter pins and those who are
currently in the program come from all over the world including Australia,
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands,
Sweden, Thailand and the United States. Note that the program is only
offered in English and those who participate must be fluent in English.
There is no time limit for participation at any level in the Master Hand
Knitting Program. But if your instructions are more than a year old, you
must order (at no additional cost) the most current instruction version for
your level. Your completed lessons must comply with that current version.
If you are ready to start the Master Hand Knitting Program you can purchase
Level 1 via the TKGA Catalog.
Via Email at TKGA@TKGA.com
Or visit us on Ravelry.com where our
very active and informative group of
Master Hand Knitting students, Committee members, and Co-Chairs
participate in the various topics and answer all questions you may have
concerning the program.
Because the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Program is an evaluation of individual skills and knowledge, TKGA does not authorize "TKGA Masters Classes” in shops, guilds, etc. TKGA does not authorize anyone to teach the materials of the program as a course.