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Old 05-10-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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What is a good age to teach knitting
My little girl is 2 and she seems to want to knit. My little boy is almost 5 and he too seems to want to knit. What is a good age to show them what I know?
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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I taught my 4 year old finger knitting, and my then 6 year old son knitting with needles. Your 5 year old may be satisfied by making chains of finger knitting, or you can get some light, shortish size 8 or thereabouts needles and see if he's ready to try to knit some. I taught my son with a verse (I think you can search here I've posted it before) and with him NOT holding tension at all - the working yarn just hanging loose - the tension comes as he knits or purls the next stitch, and he has less to try to think about/make his hands do!
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Originally Posted by WildMountainHoney View Post
I taught my 4 year old finger knitting, and my then 6 year old son knitting with needles. Your 5 year old may be satisfied by making chains of finger knitting, or you can get some light, shortish size 8 or thereabouts needles and see if he's ready to try to knit some. I taught my son with a verse (I think you can search here I've posted it before) and with him NOT holding tension at all - the working yarn just hanging loose - the tension comes as he knits or purls the next stitch, and he has less to try to think about/make his hands do!
WildMountainHoney, does your son enjoy it? I also have a 6 year old and he's showing interest in my projects. I saw the cutest pair of children's needles at the store and was tempted to buy them but I figure he'd get bored easily. He doesn't like to color, do jigsaw puzzles and doesn't even much like to read. He'd rather be doing busier things. I'd love to get him into knitting, but can't imagine him being patient enough for it. Heck, I cant imagine ANY 6 yr old being patient enough for it...
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Moxiemade, I think he's going to be a "seasonal" knitter - He *loved* knitting all winter, when it was too cold and icky to be outside.....but now? His project has been languishing since April. Of course, I know some adult knitters who have similar habits - knit when it's cold, go outdoors (gardening ) and other things when it's warmer.

So I guess I wouldn't try to teach a kiddo to knit in the summer either - late fall seems more agreeable, times when you're already indoors and doing more quiet work.
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I tried to teach a boyfriend's 5-year-old daughter to knit. No go - she was simply too young and too uncoordinated. So I gathered Jenny into my lap, put her hands on my needles then my hands atop hers.. and we knitted together, with lots of love and grins.

It's vital that children associate knitting/crocheting with love and good caring warm-fuzzies.

Then the knitting/crocheting will come when the child is ready.

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PS - I have taught 8-year-olds, about 5-6 at a time.
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I tried to teach a boyfriend's 5-year-old daughter to knit. No go - she was simply too young and too uncoordinated. So I gathered Jenny into my lap, put her hands on my needles then my hands atop hers.. and we knitted together, with lots of love and grins.

It's vital that children associate knitting/crocheting with love and good caring warm-fuzzies.

Then the knitting/crocheting will come when the child is ready.

Dot

PS - I have taught 8-year-olds, about 5-6 at a time.

This was SO sweet that I just had to post a great big "Awww"! How precious!
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I guess it depends on the child I tried to teach my 14 year old sister and while she is tall and drop dead gorgeous she is a bit of a klutz so it was hard to move her hands the way she needed to so she got frustrated and gave up. But I think if they want to learn teach them.

I hope it goes well.
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I tried to teach my daughter when she was nine but she got frustrated when it didn't go well.

Sheesh I can't imagine where she gets that from.
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You might try them out with Knifty Knitters or some other loom thing to get them into the pleasure of working with yarn -- and finishing a small project. Then when they've matured a little more, bring out the needles.

My mom started me when I was about ten, casting on & binding off for me. I made scarves & a long stocking hat with a tassel on the end. Then I lost interest until just recently.
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I posted this elsewhere:
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My 12yo tried knitting a few years ago, but gave up quickly. When we went yarn shopping for her poncho in March, she picked out a skein too & is trying again.
It really depends on their coordination and patience.
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