6 yr old GD want to learn to "nit"
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Hi, guys. I'm not here as much as I used to be but I still am alive and well and knitting and crocheting lots. I recently sent some things to GD in Alaska, over 4000 miles away. They were for her American girl type doll. She liked them and wants me to teach her to "nit" the next time we visit. We usually go for about 10 days. I recently made some hats for the family using Bernat Blanket yarn (clearance skein $5.47 gave me 4 hats!) and I was thinking maybe crochet would be easier for her since it only involves one needle and we could use pretty thick yarn. Any ideas about this? Thanks much and Happy Needling. jberg
I learned to crochet first. As you said, one needle and learning to tension the yarn in the other hand and letting it flow in an easy manner.
Picking up knitting (continental style) was relatively easy since the yarn bridge/tension in my left hand was already learned.
Go for it! My grandmother started me knitting at the age of 5. I never made anything but I learned how to hold the needles and concentrate. At this age their attention span is minimal but their learning skills are at an all time high and will stay with them until later when they are able to create something. Remember "nit" is a "wit" but "knit" is "wise".
If she wants to learn how to knit teach her. When I taught my granddaughter we used a wool yarn that didn’t split easily as recommended by my Lys. The mantra we used was, stab it, choke it drag it drop it for each step . I ‘m sure there are others on YouTube if this is too violent. Some Montessori schools teach knitting to the under fives. It helps teach them patience & a sense of achievement
A lot of children learn to knit in the 5-7 age range. I often cast on for them and make sure they become more proficient in knitting and purling. Then I teach the CO and give them an inexpensive pamphlet to refer to.
I taught my daughter at age 5 and she took to it like a duck in water. We went to a yarn shop and a table of older ladies said to her, "You should learn to knit!" She said, "I do knit, but I haven't mastered purling yet!" They were surprised.
I think kids are very smart, if you don't overwhelm them at first. Having a simple book to refer to with perhaps a simple project (making a small purse with strap (crocheting a chain for it is a good start at crochet).
Actually, I am a little against learning to crochet first, as many do not ease into knitting as well, as they think it will be as simple as crochet but it is not. I think about half the people can learn knitting by a book, but anyone can learn crochet from a book.
Then again, there is YouTube, which you can send her links to if she is having problems, or do Skype and work with her, if needed (but may have to put the camera over your shoulder...
Since she wants to “nit”, that is what I would plan on teaching her. Find out her favorite color, bring some size 7 bamboo or plastic needles and worsted weight yarn in her favorite color. Teach her the backwards e cast on and garter stitch. You could start with a blanket for one of her smaller dolls. I would also bring her a “knitting bag”, a small reusable shopping bag or perhaps a Japanese knot bag made just for her, if you sew. Do you video chat with her? After your visit you could knit together by video reinforcing her lessons (if she wants).
I would teach her the one she wants to learn show her both and let her decide. A lot of non knitting or crocheting people tend to call crocheting knit. Let her see how you do each and then let her pick which she would like to learn first. I learned crocheting first since that is what my neighbor was doing at the time. She then taught me to knit an owl pot holder when I saw her make one. I was 14 at the time and ended up crocheting only all my life till this year when I taught myself to knit again.
I taught my GD to knit when she was 5. I'm a leftie and she's a righty so we did it the mirror image way and it worked. She started on a washcloth for her mom, got carried away and ended up with one twice as long as wide. Her mom loved it anyway and it gave GD a real sense of accomplishment.
'At least in the UK, you can buy children's knitting sets with short needles and small balls of wool, with a leaflet. Perhaps one of the crafting outlets in the US has such sets, or perhaps available via the internet. This would be a lovely gift for her when you next visit.
By age eight I could knit on 4 pins, so it's never too early to learn.
My mom taught me to crochet first, I wanted to knit, was so sure I could. If she had taught me to knit first I may not have learned to crochet, and crochet does help with knitting, like when you drop a stitch umpteen rows down and don't notice it. I was about her age when I did learn to crochet, had been making a chain for a long time before that. It's amazing how much littles can learn and do at very young ages. My middle daughter watched me knit just like I had watched my mom knit, she was so sure of herself at age 3 that she could knit. I got needles for her and she lost her stitches but she kept at it. She had some candy and got her needles all sticky, then she told me that her candy helped her learn to knit, and she was off and running. I think she might have been 3.5 by the time with the candy.
I have already bought a pair of child's knitting needles at JoAnn's. They are size ten, one blue and one red with kitten heads on the ends. I think I will go with the knitting since that's what she asked for. I might show her how to crochet and see if she can do that easier. Thanks for all of the responses. jberg
I taught my youngest nephew to knit when he was 6. It has a lot more to do with desire than age. If she wants to learn, then go for it! Have fun and good luck!
I was very young when I learned to knit also. And then taught myself to crochet. If she is asking, go for it.
Amazon has a set of two needles with kitty heads on the ends, each needle a different color. Since "left" and "right" get a little mixed up at this age (GD almost 7, sometimes wants me to teach her when she comes into my room), I find that stating "red" and "blue" for the needles works just a bit better. And, the "kitties" at the ends are a hit! I also have some small skeins of yarn purchased for another project, probably 1/2 - 3/4 ounce. These are also a better fit for my GD.
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Already bought these needles. Hoping this idea works. Thanks for the suggestion, tho. jberg