Teaching children to Knit

10th March 2017

Children can learn to knit at quite a young age –  as young as five or six if they are really keen  – it all depends on the dexterity of an individual child. As a general rule, we suggest 7-8 is a good age, especially if you are expecting them to read instructions and follow patterns.

We have found there are two  or three vital ingredients for happy knitters. Firstly, the very best way is learn from a patient friend, relative or teacher – Hello Granny! If granny is not available (Snowboarding again), your local yarn shop may be able to put you in touch with a teacher or even offer classes.

Secondly, wait until the child actually wants to learn –  or maybe think about introducing them to working with  yarn via a  finger knitting or pom pom making kit.

Thirdly, keep the early projects small. Nothing kills off enthusiasm for a newly-acquired skill faster than boredom. Stay away from scarfs as a first project and think about small purses, bags, knitted pets (2 small squares with button eyes) or easy fingerless gloves. Buttonbag Knitting kits for children have been designed to build confidence from beginner to intermediate with easy knitting projects and are an excellent way to teach children how to knit.

Have a look at the links below for an easy pictoral guide to the basic steps. These all become much clearer once you’ve got the knitting needles in your hand.

Foxy mittens instructions A4 page2 Foxy mittens instructions A4 page1