Teach­ing Our Chil­dren to Knit

Creative Knitting - - THIS JUST IN - By TA­BETHA HEDRICK

For most of us, knit­ting is more than just a pas­sion. It is an ex­pres­sion of our artis­tic selves, our cre­ative out­let and a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our per­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tion. For those of us with kids, teach­ing our chil­dren to knit gives us an op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish those same spe­cial “some­things” in their hearts too. A while back, I wrote a guest post for the Cre­ative Knit­ting Ed­i­tor’s Blog en­ti­tled More Than Mem­o­ries: Teach­ing Our Chil­dren to Knit, which of­fered a few sim­ple tips to make the process re­lax­ing and en­joy­able for both par­ent (or grand­par­ent) and child. Here are some more tips and spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions to get you and your child started! Here’s a list of kid-friendly things to try: Use 100% wool or acrylic yarn. You want a yarn that is elas­tic and stretchy for ul­ti­mate com­fort. Cot­tons, linens or fuzzy yarns look like fun, but they are dif­fi­cult for most be­gin­ners be­cause of the lack of stretch and pos­si­ble stress on your hands.

Opt for bam­boo or wood nee­dles with a rounded tip. Sharp tips may frus­trate your child by split­ting the yarn. Metal nee­dles are slick and can cause fre­quent dropped stitches.

Keep the lessons fo­cused on one thing at a time. This is a biggy— de­pend­ing on the age of your child, you may want to cast on for them, and then just teach them the knit stitch. Re­mem­ber, kids learn through rep­e­ti­tion, so am­ple prac­tice of one as­pect en­sures con­fi­dence. When they are ready, and you’ll know when they are, add on a new tech­nique.

Stick to a sim­ple project, such as a scarf for their fa­vorite doll/ toy (yes, even the gi­ant Tonka truck for your son might get cold at night). Try this out: Cast on 24 stitches. Knit 24 rows, then switch it up by purl­ing 24 rows. As your child gets com­fort­able, en­cour­age them to al­ter­nate knit rows and purl rows. Ob­serve the change in tex­ture and dis­cuss what they like best. Keep work­ing the scarf in this ex­ploratory way un­til they deem it long enough, and then bind off.

Don’t force it. Kids get antsy, they fid­get, and they want to move on to other projects. This is com­pletely nor­mal and to be ex­pected. They may only wish to work 3 rows and call it a day—noth­ing to be of­fended or up­set about. This is a time for build­ing your re­la­tion­ship, not a time to stress about get­ting it done.

To read the orig­i­nal blog post by Ta­betha, visit the Ed­i­tor’s Blog at CreativeKn­it­tingMagazi­ne.com/blog and find the Nov. 7, 2013 post in the ar­chives. Have you taught your kids to knit? Do you work on projects to­gether? Share your sto­ries and pic­tures with us!

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