Knit to Flatter – Episode 1

knittoflatterWell, it seems you’re interested in a little review of this course so here I go.  I’ll do it in several parts as I work through it, if that’s ok with you?

Although it probably doesn’t need saying, I will…Craftsy wouldn’t know me if I poked them with a spoon.  These are my thoughts and experiences and no incentive to express them has crossed my path.

So. To recap. After the knitting catastrophe that was the Audrey cardigan, I decided it was time to suck it up and finally learn to fit my knits.  I’m more than competent at constructing different kinds of stitches such as cable and lace, but my fit has always been, how shall we say…very hit and miss. There aren’t that many knit fitting courses out there in the ‘real’ world, so Craftsy seemed like the best place to start.

Craftsy…what the Dickens is that?

craftsy-logoCraftsy is an ‘online learning community’ which:

offers online classes about all of your favorite crafty topics – taught by amazing instructors. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want – they have no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content

So far so good. They have a wide variety of courses on all sort of topics. Knitting, dressmaking, baking, cake decorating…to name but a few.  Obviously I’m most interested in the dressmaking and knitting, but The Husband has signed up for some of the bread-making courses (still waiting for croissants, darling ;-)), and Ma has signed up for a quilting course.  So the demographic for the Craftsy community is quite diverse.

There’s a pattern shop too.  For example, Steph sells her Cake downloadable patterns through Craftsy.

And, if you’re in the US, there are discounts to be had on fabric and other supplies.

Well, that sounds pretty interesting…but is it any good?

Although I’ve signed up for three different courses, I’ve only worked through the first few lessons of Knit to Flatter so far, but I can only say that I’ve already utilised most of the key benefits that Craftsy highlight…

  • Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

  • Participate in discussions with your classmates

  • Access supporting class materials – including patterns and helpful tips & tricks

  • Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

I’ve also found the platform to be stable, and the video/sound quality to be excellent.  I suspect it helps that we have a bajillion whatsit internet thingy, so if yours is slower, that might affect things.

I also like that as long as I’ve got internet connection, I can access the material.  I can use my laptop or iPhone, or, if he’s not looking, The Husband’s iPad.

Obviously, that’s also a restriction – no internet, no access. You can’t download videos to access offline. But, for me, this isn’t a massive problem. And, in fairness to Craftsy, keeping everything hosted securely, without the opportunity to download, protects their material and allows them to keep their prices competitive.

Hmmmm…I’ll bet its pricey

Full price is usually around the $40 US…but seriously, don’t pay full price. There are regular sales and promotions. Also, when you sign up they give you the opportunity to “earn” points with which you can get a free course. I used my points to purchase Knit to Flatter.

There are also a selection of free courses that you can access if you’d like to try the platform without any risk.

For example, in My Craftsy, I have…

know your wool

block of the month

 short rows

…all of which are free classes.

You’d recommend it then?

I have to say that, so far, and touching wood, my experience of Craftsy has been a positive one.  I find it easy to use, which is helpful, because I’m an idiot with technology.  I like that you can go over and over (and over!) a bit of video if you need to, and can contact the tutor or other students if you’ve got a question.

I’d like it if the questions were answered a little quicker, for sure.  I’m currently awaiting an answer so I can move to the next lesson of Knit to Flatter.  But that’s a minor niggle, and I appreciate that for the instructor this isn’t a full time gig.

And, lets face it, you can try a course, or two, with no obligation to see if this is an platform that works for you.  You’ve nothing to lose except a wee bit of time.  And you could gain a whole lot more.

Which is what I’ll talk about next time…what I’ve learned so far in this course.


18 Responses to Knit to Flatter – Episode 1

  1. I’ve taken a few classes from Craftsy and really enjoyed them.
    I probably would never have the opportunity to take classes from Susan Khalje, Angela Wolf, Sandra Betzina so these classes are great. I’ve learned from them so they are well worth it. And yes you are right 🙂 they are always on sale. I paid $20 for the Angela Wolf serger class, and that to me was $ I did not mind paying out.
    Since my sewing time is limited these days I love reading or watching anything and everything about sewing, and I am so happy that these types of classes/videos/webcasts are so popular and readily available. Have you tried watching Peggy Sagers webcasts, from Silhouette patterns.
    They are free and she is a joy to watch.
    http://www.silhouettepatterns.com/html/media/livestreamchannel/index_replays.htm
    Have a wonderful day. Ann

    • Hi Ann…I hope you’re well.
      You make a really great point here…living in the North of England my opportunity to take classes with the “big names” in sewing is small to none. Craftsy opens up that opportunity for me.
      And thanks for the link to Peggy Sagers…I really must settle down and watch some of her videos. I’ve dipped in and out but haven’t really got my teeth into them. And she is a joy to watch..and soooooo knowledgeable.

  2. Gail says:

    I love Craftsy classes! I’ve enrolled in something like 20 classes, a mix of free and paid. Like any class, I really love some instructors and some are just OK – totally personal preference. But it really works for me to fit these classes into my schedule and watch whenever I want, and many of these classes are on topics that wouldn’t be easily available to me otherwise.

    • I’m enrolled in 8 so far….and have a looooooooong wish list 😉
      The flexibility of the platform is so appealing. Even if you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes…you can grab a cuppa (or glass) and watch just one or two sections.

  3. Elena says:

    I am also greatly enjoying Craftsy classes. I’ve enrolled in both free and paid classes in many areas including quilting, sewing, knitting, and jewelry making. I don’t know that I’ve ever paid full price for any of them; sales are frequent and you will often find coupons for discounts in magazines such as Threads and Interweave Press publications, and even on Pinterest if you follow any of the Craftsy boards. I have also found that if you “wishlist” classes on Craftsy, they will occasionally send out “Your wish has been granted” emails that offer you the class at discount. The reasonable pricing has enabled me to try things I wouldn’t have without this incentive, classes such as furniture upcycling and crochet, for example.

    • Interesting to know about the “wishlist”….I do have quite a list so fingers crossed! I’ve never paid full price either, which, you’re right, is a great incentive to explore new crafts.

  4. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the review. I’m working my way through the Sandra Betzina class on trouser fitting and so far it’s been great. My biggest issue is finding the time to actually sit down and watch the class… I tend to get distracted. But since my scrap quilt top is now done I no longer have the need for “Quilt Fridays” so I think I may re-assign them as “Craftsy Fridays”. I hope you get the sweater of your dreams from this course.

    • Distraction is the big problem here…I had the same with my degree which I studied through the OU. I love the idea of assigning “Craftsy Fridays”…I may just have to steal that idea. I can’t wait to see your trousers…

  5. Great review, looking forward to hearing more!

  6. Thank you for the review. Craftsy keep popping up on my fb page, and I keep skimming over the links. I’ll take a closer look and see what new crafts I can take up!

  7. Oh don’t tempt me Evie. I need to focus.

    Seriously I have heard good things about Craftsy from a lot of folk.

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