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Old 02-18-2010, 06:21 PM   #21
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I agree with one thing for sure: it depends on the child. (remember Amadeus Mozart)

If a youngster verbalizes an interest in learning, it doesn't hurt to try.
Plain casting on, and plain knit stitches (garter stitch).

You'll find out very quickly if the child does not yet have the eye-hand coordination. If they don't, I wouldn't unnecessarily upset the child by trying to force the issue. I'd say, "Good job! We'll try some more in summer!" (if it's winter) If the child is still interested after 6 months has passed, give it a try again.

I've had numerous little grandchildren express interest in knitting cuz they see me knitting and want to be like Gramma. I always give them a little lesson. Some could, some couldn't...and those that could rarely stuck with it for long.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:02 AM   #22
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My daughter has been able to do the knit stitch since she was 8 but she is not interested in knitting too much.

The Yarn Harlot, aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, has stated in her books and blog that she learned at age 4. Her grandmothers rule was if you are old enough to learn to read you are old enough to learn to knit.

Decoding reading is harder than decoding knitting. If you can tie shoes also you ought to be able to learn to knit.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:23 PM   #23
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I taught my niece when she was about 7 or 8. While she knew the basics, she had almost no skill and it quickly faded. But when she was around 11, she was under the influence of a group from her church and she picked it up again. The calls for more instructions have noe died down, so either she knows most everything she needs to know, or else the hobby has falled from favor again.
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:47 PM   #24
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What if you're 35 and still don't tie your shoes properly? :D

I invented my own way of tying my shoes when I was a kid, never learned the "right" way.
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I didn't learn to knit until I was 7, but I learned to embroider when I was 4, and my brother when he was 3 (because he wanted to do everything big sissy did!). It definitely depends on the child.
If they don't have the coordination to do it on their own but want to learn, you can start by letting them put their hands on the needles while you knit. Knit a simple scarf and talk to them while you do this... both explaining what motions you make while you do them, and just simply talking or telling stories. When they get bored, let them stop.
My mom actually started doing this with her counted cross stitch when my brother was 2. He had to sit still for half an hour at a time for asthma treatments, and that was nearly impossible for him (to this day, getting him to be still is nearly impossible...), but he's a gregarious type, so mom gave him something to do with his hands: he would sit on her lap, she would place the needle in the hole, and he would pull it through.
The important thing is that the child wants to do it, and that the person doing the teaching is patient and engaged. So what if their first project turns out to be a knotted, hole filled mess?
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:44 AM   #26
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Jess's post reminds me of my first project. I was 3, and my grandmother threaded a yarn needle and put a piece of fabric in a hoop. Then I created this piece with different colored yarn randomly stuck in here and there. She had it framed in her living room for years. But I didn't take up knitting until later.
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I taught my granddaughter to knit when she was 6. She is 10 now and sometimes when she comes over, she knits with me, but she doesn't do any knitting at home. I am always amazed that she remembers how, no matter how long it has been !

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Old 02-26-2010, 11:38 PM   #28
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How young is too young?
Like some of the other posters, I was taught to knit at age 5. Requirement in my mother's English household. Would think the child must have the dexterity to handle the needles and keep the patterns simple. I am in the process of teaching my grand daughter, age 6, and she seems quite comfortable with the process. Needless to say, also excited about showing her creations off at school.
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No such thing as "too young". I just read about a baby that came out of the womb with two sweaters and a hat while working on a pair of socks.

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No such thing as "too young". I just read about a baby that came out of the womb with two sweaters and a hat while working on a pair of socks.
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