In this article, I will give you some tips and ideas on how to teach your child to knit.
Knitting, although some will say is old-fashioned, is actually very good for both the brain and hand-eye coordination. It can also help your child to concentrate better, as learning to knit does require lots of concentration (and patience on your part).
I remember when my daughter was about three she used to watch me knit in the evenings. One night she got two chop sticks out of the drawer and held them up to me and said ‘teach me knit.’ She was, of course, way too young then, but I gave her some scrap wool and let her play around with the wool and chopsticks next to me.
In order to teach your child to knit, all you require is a little patience, from both you and your child.
Knitting can be done by both girls and boys, contrary to popular belief. In fact, if you look at YouTube, you will see that some of the greatest knitters in the world are men. One great example of a well-known male knitter is Steven West.
The younger the child, the longer it will take him or her to get it right. But once they do they will feel a great sense of accomplishment.
How To Teach Your Child To Knit
Another great idea when it comes to how to teach your child to knit is do it like we did as kids. It is called french knitting.
I remember it well – a wooden cotton reel with four nails knocked into it. We would wrap the wool around the nails and pull the bottom loop over the top loop, then watch how the circulcular knitted tube would grow though the middle of the reel and out of the bottom.
Loom knitting is also a great way to get them started. Loom knitting is much like french knitting, but on a larger scale.
You can click on the link above to find out how to do this, or see the picture right at the bottom of this post, which is a loom knitting set for kids
Knitting With Needles
Garter stitch is the easiest knitting stitch to begin with when it comes to kids knitting.
Start with five stitches on the needle and it is best to cast on for the child, to begin with, and let them concentrate on just the knitting part for the first bit.
Teaching with words or poems often works well here. For knitting, you could say ‘in, over, through, off.’ In as needle goes into the stitch, over to take the wool over, through to take the needle through to the front and off when you push the stitch you are finished with off of the needle.
You will need to help your child a lot in the beginning, as he or she will drop and lot of stitches in the beginning, and it can quite frustrating for the child (and sometimes for you).
Learning to handle a pair of knitting needles is no easy feat and requires a good amount of coordination and control of the little hands and fingers.
Tools To Help You How To Teach Your Child To Knit
Here are some awesome tools that you can use to get your child interested in knitting.
With a little time and patience, your child will soon master the art of knitting and be able to go from scarves to beanies to baby clothes to clothes for herself.
There are also many great videos online on how to teach your child to knit, as well as a whole array of videos showing different techniques and stitches. You can use these for ideas once they are keen to get more creative and do more advanced stitches.
The learning curve with knitting is endless, and you can never get bored or know it all. Here are some more great ideas for knitting children in the form of childrens knitting sets that will keep them motivated to complete those projects.
So let’s teach our children about knitting and get some more of those creative juices flowing.