Lately in my classes, I’ve been asking students (at the end of the class) what their big Aha! moment was. It’s been very interesting for me as a teacher and for the students as a group.
In this weekend’s Building Blocks Afghan class several of the students were on the block that introduces lace knitting: yarnovers and leaning decreases. Here’s what they had to say:
Janice: “Not to get nervous about two yarnovers near each other leaving holes.” She thought she did something wrong until she understood the purpose of the yarnover/decrease in a pattern.
Mary Ellen: She joined us for the first time today and hadn’t knit in a while. I loved her Aha! moment. “You can get back into knitting. I rediscovered the zen of knitting.”
Louise: She was knitting into the back of her stitches. “I was knitting the wrong way. I learned how to knit the stitches properly and they look better. It does make a difference.”
Mary Y.: Hers was more a “Tada” than and “Aha”. She was on block six and it was giving her a tough time. She had finished one row. Tada. 😉
Robbie: Her aha moment came from the realization that “I learned a lot in the Exploration Station shawl I knit prior to this class and it really prepared me for the yarnovers in this square.”
Mary S.: That the different ways you can decrease a stitch: k2tog, ssk, skp, k2togtbl, affect how they learn. Specifically in this block: k2tog leans to the right and k2togtbl (through back loop) leans to the left.