My daughter has just expressed an interest in knitting. She is 8 years old and is not renowned for her patience! My reaction was mixed – I have to admit my heart sank.. but at the same time I was delighted that she expressed an interested. Amazingly she has stuck at it:)
A trip to the local shop and we were quickly supplied with childrens knitting needles and pink sparkly wool. She is currently part way through a blanket for Barbie. I think for her second project I will suggest adult needles and Aran wool, for a quicker result:)
Teach Your Child To Knit
My top tips:
- Let the child choose the wool, within reason. I rejected any textured wool – its important the child can see the stitches and how they are forming.
- Start on small achievable projects for instance dolls blankets or placemats for play tea set
- Help the child master the basics first, so cast on for them and concentrate on teaching the basic stitch.
- Knit along side them, this gives precious time together enjoying a mutual hobby. They also can see you occasionally make mistakes, have to unravel and go again:)
- Praise regularly.
- Have endless patience:) I cannot count the amount of stitches I have been asked to remedy whilst in the midst of washing up, mopping the bathroom floor etc..!
Once your child has mastered knit and purl there are 15 great patterns here, simple projects perfect for the next step.
Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely hour together before breakfast companionable knitting:)