Craftsy is a division of JoAnn Fabrics. They offer online classes for all sorts of crafts. The majority of their classes require payment—the average cost is $20. After searching the Craftsy website, I came across mini-classes. Mini-classes are shorter than the longer paid classes but they offer a wealth of information. I subscribed to the Ins and Outs of Grafting class. This class shows you how to graft knitted items together using a simple, invisible seam. The best thing about mini-classes is the cost. It is free.
The information contained in the mini-class was presented well. Ann Hanson, the instructor, gives clear instructions that are easily understood. A beginning knitter could follow this course with little difficulty. More advanced knitters will appreciate learning this technique in order to join two pieces of elaborate stitches.
During the first video lesson Hanson discusses why you would use grafting instead of a traditional seam. Lessons that follow show the actual grafting techniques for simple knitted items and elaborately stitched items. There are a total of five HD video lessons in this mini-class.
If you are new to knitting or you are an experienced knitter who wants to expand their skill set, then this free mini-class is for you. I learned a great deal from the Ins and Outs of Grafting. Subscribing to a Craftsy course gives you lifetime access to the video. You can use your computer or tablet to view the course whenever you desire. Controlling the video lessons is easy—it works very similar to any DVR or video player. This allows you to rewind any section to review it multiple times.
I highly recommend this course. The price is right and you get more than one would expect in a free class.
Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work for sale on Etsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.