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Teaching children to knit?
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Apr 16, 2012 11:35:23   #
Tami9120
 
I'm teaching my two youngest daughters (9 & 14 yo) to knit... We are using size US13 needles and a fairly bulky yarn. The 14 yo is sticking with it as she wants to knit fingerless gloves. I hold my yarn in crochet fashion and pick. Is there an easier way to teach??? My 9 yo bless her heart. Just gets frustrated. I had to of been here age or younger when my Auntie taught me to crochet. Do you think I'm rushing it with her. I would appreciate all suggestions as I know they will catch the yarn bug and be off and running with the right guidance. Is there a book on how to teach knitting? Now that I mention it I think I will look to see if I still have the books I used to teach myself to knit... Thanks for any help.
 
Apr 16, 2012 11:54:35   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
I taught all three of my nephews to knit, the youngest started when he was just 6, so I don't think it's too soon for her to learn. If you are teaching her to knit continental style it may just be the process of picking that she is finding difficult. It might be worth your while to have her try to knit English style. She may feel that she has more control of the yarn if she is throwing rather than picking.

Good luck!
Apr 16, 2012 12:33:35   #
cmbottorff
 
At least she's trying, right? My 11 year old learned when she was 9, but all she does is the knit stitch. She really enjoys loom knitting, though, and prefers it to the needles. Maybe you could try her with a knifty knitter?
Apr 16, 2012 12:53:43   #
Tami9120
 
I will give the English method a try... And we have a set of kniffy knitters in Alaska and we will be there in a few weeks... I knew you guys would be a help thanks so much
Apr 16, 2012 13:09:47   #
silverseamer
 
Depends on the personality/motivation of the child. I began crocheting potholders at the age of 3, made my first (doll) quilt at the age of 5, and began knitting slippers at the age of 6. Haven't stopped moving my hands since!

A lifetime of relaxation, productivity, self confidence . . . what a gift to anyone of any age.
Apr 16, 2012 13:54:37   #
prismaticr
 
Tami,
I teach young kids to knit and crochet all the time... I recently worked with a 9 and 7 yo.... it helps first to see which hand is the dominate hand.... as a righty, I find it much easier to knit English (throwing) style than Continental (picking). Your youngster, really may just be frustrated by the act of picking the yarn... with throwing your dominant hand (my right) actually does all the work easily and thus no frustration.... check out:
http://verypink.com/2010/03/13/video-the-knit-stitch/
http://newstitchaday.com/garter-stitch/
Second video, although does not teach the knit stitch, is a good video reference of how it is done....

GOOD luck and lots of patience!
 
Apr 16, 2012 13:55:34   #
Dreamweaver
 
Never having taught Continental, I can't really comment... However, that style would require finer muscle training... My thought is that you are using too large a needle and yarn... A size 8 with smooth knitting worsted is mt preference. I think that large does not mean easy, especially with smaller hands.... (Some find it helpful to use two different color needles.... I think that a bright variegated yarn helps them "see" the stitches growing and the path of the yarn... just an added little incentive.)
Apr 16, 2012 14:15:21   #
Tami9120
 
Thanks for all the great ideas. I sat in at an adult beg. class recently and came up with the big needle and bulky yarn from there but personally I hate using big needles.... They even make my wrists hurt... Great ideas I just. Love KP community of friends thanks everyone
Apr 16, 2012 14:16:17   #
Tami9120
 
Thanks for all the great ideas. I sat in at an adult beg. class recently and came up with the big needle and bulky yarn from there but personally I hate using big needles.... They even make my wrists hurt... Great ideas I just. Love KP community of friends thanks everyone
Apr 16, 2012 14:21:47   #
Tami9120
 
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L20048.html?noImages=&utm_source=YarnPlay_201204&utm_medium=Emails&utm_campaign=YarnPlay&utm_content=P-LoomKnitPandaBear

I just received this in an email from yarn play. Thought I would share
Apr 17, 2012 05:47:36   #
cbjlinda
 
I taught my granddaughters close to the same age last summer and they picked it up in about thirty minutes. kids are sooooooooooooo much smarter then we are! anyway the younger one dosen't seem to be as eager about knitting as the older one does. so I have just let it go. some are not interested. I taught them continental. we are long distance and when I left they only knew how to knit but since then i have been sending my older granddaughter different vidios and she has the purl stitch down already and is looking at different patterns. She really seems to enjo it. they younger one is more into building things and putting things together so may have to come up with something different for her. good luck and have fun. The nice thing about the vidios is that you can replay them over and over again untill you get it.
 
Apr 17, 2012 06:46:23   #
Granalou
 
As hard as it is for knitters to understand, some are just not interested in learning. I have 2 daughters 15 months apart. When the older one was 10 she asked me to teach her to knit. She wanted to knit a certain sweater for herself, a bit ambitious for a beginner. I gave her needles, some yarn and taught her CO, knit, purl, and BO.. She loved it and within a month she had started the sweater. To my amazement it was finished and well enouh for her to wear. From that time on she never looked back.

Now the younger one wanted to do everything her sister did, so I followed the same proceedure for her. Disaster after diasater for me to"fix it, please". They are both in their 50's now and the elder knits beautifully and prodigiously and is as ardent about it as I am.. The only interest in knitting the younger one has is to find patterns for me to knit for HER. LOL Moral....Some do and some don't.
Apr 17, 2012 07:49:59   #
Justme
 
The are books out there to teach kids knitting. Michael's and some of the crafts stores even had a kit for this. Enoy and relax and they will feel the same way.
Apr 17, 2012 08:30:08   #
Sit knit stress less
 
Granalou wrote:
As hard as it is for knitters to understand, some are just not interested in learning. I have 2 daughters 15 months apart. When the older one was 10 she asked me to teach her to knit. She wanted to knit a certain sweater for herself, a bit ambitious for a beginner. I gave her needles, some yarn and taught her CO, knit, purl, and BO.. She loved it and within a month she had started the sweater. To my amazement it was finished and well enouh for her to wear. From that time on she never looked back.

Now the younger one wanted to do everything her sister did, so I followed the same proceedure for her. Disaster after diasater for me to"fix it, please". They are both in their 50's now and the elder knits beautifully and prodigiously and is as ardent about it as I am.. The only interest in knitting the younger one has is to find patterns for me to knit for HER. LOL Moral....Some do and some don't.
As hard as it is for knitters to understand, some... (show quote)


I have twin daughters ( 24 yrs) taught both to knit at the same time- one interested and enjoys knitting, one not interested but requests items from her sister and myself- we are a happy trio in that the 2 knitters always have someone who appreciates our efforts!
Apr 17, 2012 09:17:43   #
Tami9120
 
Wow, I so enjoy all the suggestions and stories.... Thanks so much
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