Teach your kids to knit takes two things, fine motor skills and attention span, says expert Catherine Hirst, of Catherine Hirst Contemporary Crafts. Add in colorful yarn, bamboo needles, time, and patience and you’re ready to go!
Knit with your kids! Kids need to see us being creative. They need to see the process — how long it takes us to knit things, and that we persevere, rip out stitches, pick up dropped stitches, and so forth.
We used the ALEX Knit and Wear Kit.
We loved the colors of the yarn in this ALEX kit! There are directions for knitting but they’re difficult for beginners to follow – I think using the photos here and videos on YouTube are more helpful. I do like the easy knitting patterns in the kit though.
I prefer to not show kids at first. I wait until they have the hang of knitting. Do it for them if you know how – or learn how yourself with this video. Cast on for them and start by teaching your kids the knit stitch.
I like the intro to knitting videos from GoodKnitKisses. Here Kristen shows how to cast on:
If you’re a leftie, watch this instructional video for casting on and the knit stitch:
Knit Stitch for Beginners
Show kids that the right hand holds right needle and the left or right hand holds left needle. The right hand can grip the left needle when it’s in the X of a knit stitch.
Use this rhyme:
In through the front door,
Around the back,
Out through the window,
And off jumps Jack.
Watch how this looks in real time:
You’ll want to share how most knitters first knitting looks uneven, and that’s to be expected. Tell your kids that they can rip it out and start again, or just keep practicing.
Knitting alongside your kids gives you time to chat and be together. It also helps kids feel comfortable just sitting to knit — and not feel like they’re supposed to be doing something else which they might if you’re off doing something else.
Like casting on, I recommend that you do this for your kids until they get the hang of the knit stitch. The reason for this is that beginners don’t need too much information or they’ll get super confused. Let them learn one thing and get good at it. Then add something else, practice and get good at it. And so forth.
Thank you to ALEX Toys for the review copy of the Knitting Kit.
JJ is knitting blankets for her dolls right now. So far she had about 6. Those dolls sure are lucky!
The ALEX Knitting Kit includes patterns for a hat and scarf, both good easy projects for kids. I especially love the tassles!