Carol is a brilliant designer from Ireland. She has designed for all the big mags like the various Interweave mags and lots of others and has also published books. You can check out her website here. Carol's signature style is knitting garments in one piece either from the top down or bottom up.
As you can probably tell from the title of the course, Celtic Cables, this class is about cables but Carol doesn't just teach you how to work the cables and read cable charts, she also takes you through an entire garment.
The Celtic Cables class includes the pattern for the Portulaca cardigan. Carol takes you through how to measure yourself correctly and choose your size, how to work tension swatches and why they are important, how to cast on (I learnt a new cast on - the alternate cable cast on which looks fab with a 1x1 rib), how to work the various stitch patterns and how to substitute cables. She then knits through the entire garment with you, showing you step by step how to work all the different elements and shaping included in the pattern. So if you've never knitted a garment before or have only knitted a basic garment this is your chance to get some expert help while knitting your garment. There's even a bonus section on how to fix mistakes in cable knitting.
The Craftsy platform is great. The videos are professionally filmed and you keep indefinite access to the class which means you can go back and re-watch as many times as you want to. You can work at your own pace, ask Carol questions, have conversations with your fellow students, post pics of your progress and comment on other students pictures.
I've been running some online classes on the Ruzuku platform lately. I film my videos myself and the majority of them are filmed using a table top tripod to film my hands close up. Unlike me, Craftsy has a really professional set up. The videos consist of the teacher talking to camera and close ups of the teachers hands demonstrating the techniques.
When I started filming my videos I was really nervous and especially hated the sound of my own voice so I asked Carol about her experience during filming.
Carol: I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as nervous in my life as I was before filming! I have taught plenty of real life classes but I’ve never had a class filmed before. Combining that with transatlantic travel and a 7 hour time difference made for very interesting experience. To calm my nerves I over prepared as much as possible before I travelled. I spent lots of time recording at home with my ipad to get a feel for the class dynamic and timing. This also meant that I knew what knitting was best prepared before the class and what needed to be done on film.