Russian Knitting Simplified - online course

Russian Knitting Simplified

Become a more efficient knitter

What is Russian knitting, and what is so special about it?

In a few words - Russian knitting is a way to knit fast without putting much strain on knitter's wrists. 

That makes it one of the most efficient knitting styles out there.

If you are curious about how and why this way to knit became so fast and efficient, watch "The Story":


They say that knitting, in general, appeared because people were looking for ways to make clothing, most likely, socks.

Russian knitting appeared out of the need to keep everyone in the family warm during the winter months that could be extremely cold in Eastern Europe.

Having or not having woollen hats, scarves, socks and sweaters was literally a matter of life and death. And when the stakes are that high, people get creative and find ways to make clothing faster.

Fortunately, our great-grandmothers did that job for us, and we can now use the knitting style that allows us to get from the cast on to the bind off as quickly as possible, without diminishing the quality of our knits.

What's included

16 Videos
3 Quizzes
5 PDFs

Maryna Shevchenko
Maryna Shevchenko

Hello! I'm Maryna, a knitting instructor, designer and a lifelong knitter.

After trying a dozen of different knitting techniques, testing hundreds of knitting tips and making all sorts of knit items, I realized that the best and most efficient solutions that do bring great results are the simplest ones. 

That's when I started my quest to show the best ways to knit in the simplest step-by-step form to make that information easy to understand.

Questions and Answers

When does the course start?

It's a self-paced course. You can start at any time and work on the course at your own pace.

You can finish it in one day, or take your time and learn to knit the Russian way bit by bit.

I don't have time for it now. Can I finish it later?

Of course. Once you enroll, you'll get a lifetime access to all course materials. Feel free to learn a new tip (or five) whenever you have time.

Is it possible to work on the course from a smartphone or a tablet?

Sure. You can access the course from any device - smartphone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer.

The layout of the course is fully responsive and will adjust automatically to the size of your device's screen.

What if I have questions?

You can ask them on the course discussion board. I get a notification any time someone posts a question, so I'll do my best to answer it as soon as possible.

Besides, the discussion board is a great place to chat with other students and to show photos of your "work in progress" and finished knits.

Do I need to buy supplies for the course?

Yes and no. Yes, you will need a ball of yarn and a set of needles to make test swatches while you learn to knit the Russian way. But chances are, you already have some yarn and needles in your stash and you won't need to buy anything else.

Russian knitting is a frugal way to knit. It's more about making do with the supplies you have, than buying all sorts of tools and notions. If you watched "The Story" video at the top of this page, you probably understand why.

I am an experienced knitter. Will I learn something new from this course?

If you've never tried Russian knitting before, then yes, you will learn a new way to knit, purl, make increases, decreases and bind off stitches. As well as ways to knit faster, be more efficient and even knit back and forth without turning your work.

I am new to knitting. Will this course be too difficult for me?

The whole idea behind Russian knitting is to make knitting as easy as it can be. The course starts with covering the very basics of knitting - cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Then we'll move on to increases, decreases and stitch patterns that are slightly different in Russian knitting than they are in classic knitting.

Eventually, we'll get to improving our knitting, making it faster and more efficient.

With a set up like this, you will learn how to knit the Russian way even if you've never knit before.

Learn this centuries-old knitting style to knit faster and more efficient.

Let's get started!

Brilliant course

The instructor is wonderful. Very clear and concise. The material is presented in a logical sequence which makes it very easy to follow. For me an English style knitter it took a few goes to get the hang of holding the yarn. Once I got that there ...

by Norma pitcher

Full of value!

I ventured into this course looking for a way to reduce the strain on my right wrist and arm caused by the "wrapping" style of knitting. Given more practice, I think I've found that, but Maryna's instructions go far beyond a new way to manage need...

by Kaethe Pittman

Russian Knitting Simplified

Wonderful! Easy to follow, fun to do, I was enchanted from the beginning. I have uniform stitches throughout my swatch. And now the adventure begins! I also learned a few new things that I never knew although I have been knitting for over 35 y...

by Deedee Winters

Brilliant course

The instructor is wonderful. Very clear and concise. The material is presented in a logical sequence which makes it very easy to follow. For me an English style knitter it took a few goes to get the hang of holding the yarn. Once I got that there ...

by Norma pitcher

Full of value!

I ventured into this course looking for a way to reduce the strain on my right wrist and arm caused by the "wrapping" style of knitting. Given more practice, I think I've found that, but Maryna's instructions go far beyond a new way to manage need...

by Kaethe Pittman

Russian Knitting Simplified

Wonderful! Easy to follow, fun to do, I was enchanted from the beginning. I have uniform stitches throughout my swatch. And now the adventure begins! I also learned a few new things that I never knew although I have been knitting for over 35 y...

by Deedee Winters

Excellent course

I have enjoyed the materials presented in this course. The videos are clear, concise, and easy to understand. The step by step instructions are easy to follow, and the photos are very helpful when learning a new technique. This course is well w...

by Christopher Kniss

Great teacher!

Maryna provides clear, to-the-point instruction, on this fascinating technique. And she adds with lots of good advice to improve knitting of all types.

by Laurie M. Hack

Enjoyable Knitting

I have been crocheting for some time but have struggled with learning to knit. With this method, I am able to knit without stress and really enjoy it. This is a well-designed course, and the instruction is excellent — paced well, explained well,...

by Candace Asaf

One of the best investments you’ll make!

Are you interested in learning how to knit efficiently, increase your knitting speed and understand how stitches are formed? Have you ever wondered if there is an alternative to “Classic” Knitting or if you could combine diifferent styles in one p...

by Sue Nemesh

Great course

Thank you for all the tips and clear instructions.

by lely abud

Good Concise Title

The videos are clear and well presented. I like the idea of having PDF reviews so one can find what needs review quickly or even when not online. The quizzes are fun.

by Edie Di Pede