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Old 10-20-2007, 12:40 PM   #1
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How old were you when you learned to knit?
I am considering teaching my Daughter to knit. She is 8 years old and I think she has my talent for learning crafts easily. I will eventually teach her to crochet too but I think that I should start out with knitting. Do you all think she is old enough? How old were you when you started? I was 30 so I have no idea how to teach her. I think I may start out with a simple scarf, I don't know the pattern yet but I think that would be the best project to start out with. Wow am I rambling. (Can you tell I'm nervous about doing this right? LOL!) Any suggestions you could throw my way would be wonderful. Or if you have been there and have some tips for me I would love to hear them! Thanks, Folks!
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:47 PM   #2
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I think 8 is old enough. I taught my niece (although now at 12 she's not much interested in it) and she picked it up pretty quickly. I gave her some of those cute needles with kitties on the ends..about size 8 I think, and some yarn. I CO for her and then showed her what to do. One thing... you can try teaching her the method you use (continental or english), but if she's having a hard time you can tell her there is another way to hold the yarn and see which works best for her.

ETA: Here's some books that might help..they might make her want to learn so she can make something!
Kids Knitting (projects for kids of all ages)
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:48 PM   #3
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I was in my 20s when I started knitting. I taught my nephew who was 10 to knit. He really enjoyed it.

I don't think it would hurt to try to teach her to knit if she shows an interest in it. A garter stitch scarf would be a good project. But maybe something a little smaller so it doesn't seem so daunting. Maybe just a garter-stitch wrist band. Or a skirt or something she could create for a doll or a favorite stuffed animal.

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Only teach her if she wants to learn. A simple scarf in garter may be the best thing to start with. I think larger needles like size 10 may be better; easier for her to see the stitches, also use light weight yarn. They have shorter needles for kids that are about 7 or 8 inches long, those might be easier for her to handle than 10" ones or circs.

I taught myself at 14 out of a little booklet, using my brother's sharpened Tinkertoys and string. My mother bought me some needles and yarn when she saw I was determined to do it.
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She is interested for sure. She sits with me and watches me make stuff. She was was made a pair of socks when she was four by a good friend of the family, who by the way is an awesome knitter. Ever since then my little girl has wanted to learn. She will take pencils and my left over yarn and pretend to make something. I can knit either English or Continental so that shouldn't be hard to teach her either. Thanks for all of the suggestions, they are great!
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Both my kids learned to knit in the first grade (they learned at school) so your daughter shouldn't have any trouble learning.

I agree with suzeeq about the size 10 needles. Keep them short too so they are easier to manage. Worsted weight yarn in a light color will help her see her stitches better.

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I was 27 or 28 when I decided I wanted to learn. I saw a lady knitting on the bus and thought, hey, that looks like fun! Little did I know what I was getting myself into --- what an addiction!! I think your daughter is old enough, go for it!!
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I was 15 when I learnt, my grandmother taught me on a stocking stitch fancy-fur flourescent pink scarf. There's a cute berroco cat toy pattern that's basically a knit square sewn into shape-quick and easy I'd guess
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