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Old 02-24-2008, 02:09 PM   #1
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Teaching kids to knit
My 5 year old son is fascinated by my knitting and said that he wants to learn too. I've only been knitting for a couple months now, but I know enough to be able to show him - I just don't know where to begin! Can anyone recommend any projects or books to use to teach him? I would assume that it would be easier for him to use larger needles and a thicker yarn right?
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:09 PM   #2
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Well, my sister learned on big, fat size 13 needles and LB Wool Ease Chunky yarn.
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Well, my sister learned on big, fat size 13 needles and LB Wool Ease Chunky yarn.
How old is your sister? I'm wondering if my son might be just a little too young....
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Many parents sit side by side with their oh, maybe 4,5,6 yo kids and have them help wrap the yarn around when you knit ENGLISH. She is 7, but understands a lot.
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Originally Posted by knittingymnast View Post
Many parents sit side by side with their oh, maybe 4,5,6 yo kids and have them help wrap the yarn around when you knit ENGLISH. She is 7, but understands a lot.
I knit continental....I was afraid that would be a little confusing for him..... I'd teach him English style, but I can't do it!!
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I think thick yarn is definitely a good idea for little fingers. And I agree that English is probably the best bet for him for now. Why don't you have him make pot holders or dish cloths. That way you could teach him one type of stitch at a time and all he'd have to do is knit a big square or rectangle. And then when he's finished, he'll love seeing you use his creations all the time.
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Originally Posted by campbellmom549 View Post
I think thick yarn is definitely a good idea for little fingers. And I agree that English is probably the best bet for him for now. Why don't you have him make pot holders or dish cloths. That way you could teach him one type of stitch at a time and all he'd have to do is knit a big square or rectangle. And then when he's finished, he'll love seeing you use his creations all the time.
That's a fabulous idea! I think I have some nice chunky yarn sitting around somewhere! And I could always use more pot holders!
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I knit continental....I was afraid that would be a little confusing for him..... I'd teach him English style, but I can't do it!!
I think English would be easy for him. All he'd have to do is hold the left needle steady and insert the right needle with his right hand. Then, really, he could pick up and wrap the yarn and drop it again if it was too dificult for him to hold both the rh needle and yarn in the same hand. Try watching the video on English knit stitch and just learn that one stitch to start teaching him. I learned English and I don't hold the yarn the way she shows in the video. I hold it between my thumb and forefinger and that's simpler to try if you're a Continental knitter. Here's a video where she does it similar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL73Kkk5nHI
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My little sister is practicing good stitchwork. Here's what she did:

You will need: pair of size 13 needles, chunky or super chunky weight yarn

Step 1: Cast on 5 stitches to one needle.

Step 2: Knit all stitches until piece (skinny scarf) measures 60 inches or desired length.

Step 3: Bind off.

Step 4: YOU, as the mom, put on the fringe. I don't have any links for you, but there are many resources around. My sister was worried about cutting the end, but had trouble with the tapestry needle. She just decided that fringe would be the easiest, because the tail just blends in with the fringe. Hopw this helps!
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Oh, BTW, she's now knitting a bracelet for her BFF. She just CO 5 stitches and knit all the stitches until it could go around her friend's wrist. Simple as pie, even for a beginner! Maybe you could find a little time on weekends when you could have a mother-son time where you would sit down wtih your son side by side and talk a little about knitting. If he doesn't get it, say something like, "I'll try again when you're older." I find my self saying that frequently. Here is a link to MY thread.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=74055
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