View Full Version : age to learn to knit
07-21-2008, 08:27 PM
What is everyones ideas on the age to teach a child to knit? Is 7 too young?
07-21-2008, 08:33 PM
Well, I learned when I was 7 or 8, but it really depends on the maturity level of the child. If the child has a short attention span and cannot stick to one thing for longer than 5 minutes, he or she probably couldn't learn to knit. But, if the child has a longer attention span, is more driven, and can stick to activities for long periods of time without giving it up, he or she could definately learn to knit.
But I'd definately try.
07-21-2008, 09:03 PM
Seven is a great age to learn. I started to teach my nieces when they were 5. They are now 7 and really seem to enjoy it. They've made more progress in the last few months then they had in the first year.
07-21-2008, 09:59 PM
My 8 year old son knits. He started learning right before he turned 8
07-21-2008, 10:31 PM
My 8 year old Nephew was a natural. You could show him something once and he would just run with it. I showed him how to do the feather and fan stitch and he made a small doll blanket with it. He they in turn showed his step-mother how to do it. ON the other hand, his 10 year old sister just doesn't get it. She wants to knit so bad but just can't seem to get the hang of it. So like the others said, it all depends on the child. Give it a go and if it don't work try again at a later date.
07-22-2008, 08:39 AM
I taught my 4 year old niece to finger knit (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/FEATfingerknitting.html). She really liked it. When she's a bit older, she'll learn with needles, but for now she sits on my lap and holds them with me and we "talk" through the steps.
Seven is probably a good age. It depends on the level of interest.
07-22-2008, 08:53 AM
Even if it doesn't stick, you can start teaching. My 4-year-old really wants to both knit and crochet. I get her started then show her what to do. She will then sit and try for however long it takes to get 1 or 2 sts right. Once that's done, she will put it aside until the next time the mood strikes her. Sometimes it's a day later, other times it can be a month or so. We started doing this when she was 3 and I can tell it takes less time to demonstrate to her than it used to.
07-22-2008, 08:56 AM
I agree, my daughter just turned 6 and she can knit a few stitches by herself and will now do a row with me.
And my 2 year old will sit in my lap and hold the needles for a little while. If they want to learn then I'd give it a try.
07-22-2008, 12:40 PM
Wow - you guys have some amazing kiddos and kudos for starting them so young ! My mother always tried to teach me to knit and crochet and I never had the patience to sit still long enough. I could sit with my nose in a book for hours on end, but for some reason knitting just bored me and I would pull so tight that my dishcloth was the size of a cupholder. I think I picked up cross-stitch in my teens and was in my 20's before I sat down and concentrated on knitting and now I love it.
07-22-2008, 03:21 PM
my son started around 5 or 6, but didn't really stick with it much. He now actually makes projects but he wants instant gratification so he makes small things like cell phone cozies and ipod cozies. If the child wants to learn give them the chance and see where they go with it.
07-22-2008, 05:58 PM
I learned when I was 8...... It does depend on the maturity level, and how much the *child* wants to do it. :)