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Old 06-13-2014, 12:21 AM   #1
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Minimum age for knitting
I know that the minimum age your child can knit is based on hand-eye coordination and so seeing if they can write is a good test. However they say that if your child shows interest when you knit that you should teach them no matter how good their coordination is and their age.

I disagree with this.

The reason is that the younger the child is the more likely that the child is going to be pricked by the needles and the more it is like a cut and so even if a 1 year old has good hand eye coordination and is interested in knitting I would delay it until they are at least 2 and probably 3 or 4.

However 1 year olds learn at a faster pace than older children because of how they have extreme neuroplasticity still so theoretically a 1 year old and a 6 year old and a 12 year old with good coordination would learn at different paces with the 1 year old learning the fastest of them all. However there is another thing to consider and that is their attention span and the attention span like puts a big - on a 1 year old and a small - on a 12 year old so for knitting it is actually the 12 year old who learns the fastest despite the lower neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity peaks at the newborn stage and gets lower and lower after that.

Do you agree with what I said and if you don't agree tell me why you don't agree.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:42 AM   #2
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About 4 is the youngest I've managed to teach so far. Younger than that, they'll sit and watch, sometimes grab at the needles and make flailing attempts, but the patience to listen isn't there yet. (I've also had a lot of stuff torn up by toddlers trying to "help" and parents who think it's cute to watch their kids tear the stitches off the needles, throw the yarn around, etc.) A truly interested toddler can try finger knitting with a little big yarn, but I watch them like a hawk to make sure they aren't putting the yarn around their own necks or anyone else's.

Pure anecdata: my son used to sit on my lap while
I knitted or crocheted, and when he finally asked to try to knit (and I thought it was safe to let him) he could. He didn't find it all that interesting, so he doesn't, but he could if he had to. He had learned enough from watching to get the idea.
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:03 AM   #3
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Most (not all) kids don't have the dexterity or attention span before the age of 4 or so IMO. Always exceptions to the rule though and I think everyone has to decide based on their own child.

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I know and I don't disagree with that. What I do disagree with is that if your child shows interest by doing things like watching you knit when you do knit than you should teach them no matter how old they are and no matter how good of hand eye coordination they have.
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i vote for mid 30s. old enough to understand the artistry, young enough to still have the dexterity...
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:45 AM   #6
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This is for me personally, so take from it whatever you want to. I have 4 kids, who are between the ages of 14-22.

I would NOT try to teach anyone younger than 4 or 5 how to knit or crochet. A child would have to come and ASK ME to teach them before I would attempt to.

Anyone using needles/hooks younger than 4 or 5 could result in serious injuries.

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