|How Many Master Knitters Are There?|
As of the end of December 2012, there are 268 TKGA Master Knitters in hand knitting and 17 in machine knitting. The Master Knitter® title, certificate and pin are awarded only to those knitters who have completed all three levels of the TKGA Master Knitting Program. This figure, of course, continues to grow. A list of those who have completed the course appears at the end of this page. The program began in 1987.
From October 2001 (when The Knitting Guild Association staff began entering program details into a database) to the end of December 2012, 1905 people had submitted their workbooks and projects to the Master Knitting Committee in pursuit of a Level One, Level Two or Level Three certificate.
How many of the 1905 passed their program level within the same timeframe? A whopping 1478! (20 of these are machine knitters.) The rest are considered "pending” and are highly likely to finish.
A few other facts: Even though the program is only offered in English and those who participate must be fluent in English, those who have completed part or all of the program include knitters from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand.
NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2012 PER MASTERS LEVEL
55 ----------------Master Hand Knitting Level One
15 ------------------Master Hand Knitting Level Two
17 ------------------Master Hand Knitting Level Three