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TEACHING FRIENDS or KIDS to Knit
you love to knit, then you know what a wonderful art it is to pass
to countless others.
teach kids to knit
Run around the back,
Hop through the window,
Off jumps Jack."
1. Make sure your kids/friends know you are having fun and they will too!
2. Choose simple patterns first. I recommend teaching them to make a scarf or a baby hat. If you start off with a hard project or one that takes forever, they will likely lose interest. Scarves, while they can take longer, will help the student practice and you can wear a scarf no matter what it looks like! :-)
3. Have a box full of yarn with some bright, fun colors and let your child choose the colors they want. Varigated are great since they won't need to change colors, but they will be using many colors!
4. Knitting needle
important. I recommend short needles (10" or less) and size 8,
9, or 10 are
good learning needles. I made some using wooden dowels for some of my
younger students a few years ago. I took a knitting needle size
guide to the hardware store, and bought a dowel in a 'size 8'.
Hubby cut them into 9" increments, and then my daughter and I used a
pencil sharpener to 'make a point'. We then used medium grade
sandpaper to smooth them out. Placed a piece of clay you can bake
in each end, and baked them for 15 minutes or so in a 275F
oven. Or these needles below are so darned cute!
5. Keep the lessons short and happy so you don't lose their attention, or worse make them think knitting is boring.
6. Don't expect perfection or even neatness to start. 'Practice makes perfect' or close to it!
7. Showing is better than telling. Demonstrate the skill that you want them to do. If the student is left handed, have them sit in front of you so they see a 'mirror' image.
8. Put something in their hands as soon as possible. Many teachers have found it easier to begin by giving students a hook or needles with a few rows of crochet or knitting completed. Students learn the basics more easily and then go back and learn foundation chain or cast on, which can be tricky for beginners because of their tension.
9. Children need to know they are doing well. Provide them with frequent progress reports and praise their efforts in many ways.
10. When a child is having difficulty with a skill, show them another method or way if you can.
FUN! Here are some terrific books to help too!
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or watch these videos as they are wonderful!
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