You can give us the name of the pattern and the instructions for the last row. "Normally" you knit the last row of the pattern then bind off.
For crochet, teach him how to "finger" crochet and he can use either hand for this. Form a loop, stick the index finger into the loop, wrap yarn around finger and pull through. The finger is the crochet hook. Forming a chain is what you are accomplishing. Also, using a "knitting Nancy" and a crochet hook for making I-cords. Plenty of YouTube videos can walk you through. Though he may be almost 4 and showing preference for his left hand, kids at this age don't really settle on hand dominance until later. Put a large size hook in front of him (12:00 position) and let him select which hand he wants to use.
Use grosgrain ribbon to back buttons and use either yarn or button thread. Beautiful sweater.
You can also e-mail skacelknitting.com and they can direct you to more information.
To understand how to "knit" both sides of Eastern uncrossed knit and purl go to the demonstrator's site beautynails8.com-YouTube. Click on videos, scroll down and locate "Knitting 101:How to knit twist cable for beginners", on left side of page, purple cables. Though she knits fast(turn off sound)and thru the back loop you'll see how she wraps the purl stitch and the knit stitch which is actually opposite to what we would normally do when knitting or purling. What I did discover with this method, tighter stitches, especially when going from knit to purl and back again. A very interesting approach. Definitely gets those little grey cells thinking and the fingers working.
For those still suffering from #)(&*^% hot flashes and night sweats have I got a tip for you. Change out your linens. Use 100% cotton percale sheets, not sateen. Sateen sheets, because of its weave, retains your body heat. Also, try for natural pillows filled with wool, silk or cotton, not polyester as poly tends to retain body heat. The same goes for blankets. Fleece definitely keeps you warm. If you can find silk or wool filled light weight quilts all the better. However, all these products tend to be costly. There are wick away fabrics, think athletic wear, that are supposed to help relieve those pesky night sweats. I never found this to be true. Of course if you live in a part of the country/world where it's cold, yah gotta snuggle or wear socks to keep your feet warm.
I tried this version of knitting and purling, without the cable and find the transition from a knit section to a purl section is much tighter. No gap between sections and tighter stitches or it could be I'm using plastic needles and the yarn isn't sliding well. Thanks for sharing. Now another method to use, especially when purling.
Check out knitcircusyarns.com for some unusual colorways. Many of their yarns are hand dyed and are absolutely beautiful. In fact, send them this picture and see what they recommend. They'll be more than happy to help you.
If we don't laugh, we cry. Send in the clowns. We need to laugh. Thanks for the memories.
Discovered "Loopy Mango" IC needles on this site. Go to Loopy Mango to learn more about these IC. Wonder if Denise makes them.
Check baby yarns from the Deborah Norville acrylic line, at JoAnn's. I find them to knit better, feel better with better stitch definition than Red Heart, Bernat, or Caron yarns.
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Try a different needle material instead of bamboo. Your yarn and needles may not be playing nicely together but rather fighting each other. And go for circulars rather than dpns. Yes, the rib does look as if she is knitting through the back loop of her knit stitches which will definitely tighten that rib. You can do a ktbl, p1 for one round but on the next round k1, ptbl to prevent such a tight rib. This becomes complicated because you must remember for odd rows ktbl and even rows ptbl. To get the hang of this rib, practice, practice, practice with a swatch.
Many European knitters knit through the back loop of knit stitches. When knitting continental style I find it easier to ktbl and purl by wrapping the yarn under the needle rather than over the needle. This "re-orients" the stitch. But there is nothing wrong with knitting through the back loop as it does provide a design feature by twisting the knit stitch and with a K1,p1 rib, when knit back and forth and not in the round(that lesson is for another day)tightens the rib.
No two needle gauges measure the same. Metric is accurate, US sizing is not but an approximation. For true accuracy, purchase a Vernier sliding caliper, doesn't need to be digital. I bought mine from a bead store(under $10.00) but you can find them at Home Depot, Amazon and eBay. AKA as jeweler's calipers. Don't get the plastic one from JoAnn's.