|Master Hand Program FAQs|
Hand Knitter Program FAQ's
What is the cost of the program?
The cost of Level II is $97
The cost of Level III is $110
Why are the Master Knitting instructions sometimes revised?
Sometimes program participants find typographical errors or have questions that prompt the program committee to rewrite as needed. In any event, it is a requirement of the program that participants complete the most current level.
can I find the revised instructions for the Master’s Program?
How long will it take to get my submission back?
Expect it to take at least 6 weeks for Level One, two months for Level 2 and up three months for Level 3. The reason it takes so long is because more than one person reviews the materials and your submission is mailed between them. Two reviewers see Level One, three see Level Two and four see Level Three. The object is for the reviewers to do a thorough job. Delays can sometimes occur over holidays or if one of the reviewers has a personal situation or a vacation. If you do not hear within a reasonable amount of
time, please feel free to inquire at TKGA@TKGA.com
Is there a time limit for finishing a level or the entire program?
There is no time limit. There are no special awards for finishing quickly. You want to present your best work.
What are common mistakes to avoid?
Many mistakes are the result of simply not reading the instructions carefully. Make sure that:
~ You decrease or increase every other knit row when that is specified or every knit row when that is specified.
~ Your stitches are not twisted.
~ Your tension is even.
~ Your tags are in the correct corner of your swatches.
~ You performed the requested technique in the program location.
~ You provided the necessary references.
How many times may I resubmit my work?
There is no limit. However, it is hoped that the evaluation given to a person after her/his initial submission will be sufficient to guide you toward satisfactory completion quickly.
Who evaluates my work?
All members of the Masters Hand Knitting Committee are knitters who have completed Level Three with outstanding work.
Are all knitters who complete Level 3 eligible to become reviewers on the committee?
Potentially any master knitter could be tapped to join the Masters Committee. The vacancies each year are few, however. What makes some candidates stand out?
~ They’ve passed Level 3 with outstanding work and a good attitude. Someone who does not do perfect work on the first round but accepts the suggestions and then satisfactorily reworks the swatch(es) or rewrites their written portion may still be considered for the committee. Level 3 work should show that the person has learned from the previous levels, knows how to follow the directions, and put time and effort into their submission. They do not try to just "get by”. People chosen for the committee should have demonstrated that they believe in the program, given evidence that they are able to work well with other committee members, are willing to follow the program directions, and will be willing to examine the submissions as carefully and accurately as possible and provide well-worded reviews.
~ They have good communication and computer skills. Committee communication is done by e-mail. Critiques and suggestions by e-mail and in writing are sometimes a special challenge and need more thought and care than face-to-face, verbal communications.
~ They have time to devote to the evaluations, which can take many hours. Reviewers receive as many as
6-12 submissions per month to evaluate.
~ They have access to source material to answer questions.
~ They are willing to work for free. Evaluating the submissions is completely volunteer work! A term is generally a two-year commitment.
~ It is also preferred that they be able to accept and send packages by UPS, as well as by US Postal
Service (postage for outgoing packages from committee members is reimbursed by the program).