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Knitting For Kids

Updated on October 3, 2011

Knitting for Kids

Knitting occupies idle hands and can broaden a child's attention span. Knitting provides a creative outlet or kids, helping them to relax. Kids can knit in the car on long trips or while watching TV. They can experience the joy of creating something beautiful and unique with their own hands. Each project completed is something to be treasured!

What is Knitting?

Knitting is the process of connecting little loops of yarn to create a fabric. We don’t now exactly how long people have been knitting, but small pieces of knitted socks have been discovered in Egypt, dating back to 1200 and 1400 AD.

In the late 1500’s the knitting machine was created and enabled people to create fabric rapidly, but people continued to knit by hand because it is fun, satisfying, relaxing and easy.

You can learn to knit rather quickly and in no time you will be making scarves, beanbags, bookmarks or even a little change purse. It will take a little patience to get started and master the first stitches, so take your time!

Knitting for kids is fun and easy.
Knitting for kids is fun and easy.

Finger Knitting for Kids

If you don't feel quite ready to pick up a pair of needles, try finger knitting. It's a fun and easy way to begin working with your hands and getting a feel for working with different types of yarn. Children as young as 5 can master this simple craft, which requires a little bit of yarn (leftovers from another project is fine if you have a knitter in the family).

The following video will walk you though the process of finger knitting step by step. Watch closely and you will be a master of finger knitting in no time!

Using thetechniqus o finger kntting, you can create a bookmark, a belt or a hair tie in just a few minutes.

How To Finger Knit: Easy Knitting for Kids

How To Knit: The Basics

Knitting for Kids: What You Will Need To Get Started

Yarn: Choose a yarn that you love. Pick a color that you will enjoy looking at and a texture that feels good to hold in your hands. A bulky or thicker yarn is a good choice for beginners. Skinny, thin or slippery yarn (such as silk or certain acrylics yarns) will be a little more difficult to work with. You can choose a natural fiber, like sheep’s wool or alpaca yarn, or a synthetic fiber like acrylic. Acrylic is easy to work with and machine washable.

Needles: Wood or bamboo needles are great for beginner. Plastic and metal needles are slippery and can be frustrating to work with when you are still mastering the basics. Knitting needles come in various sizes. The skinniest are given the lowest number (1,2,3) and thicker needles have higher numbers (11, 15 and even 35). Skinny needles are used to make very small stitches with very thin yarn, like in a sock. Larger sized needles can be used for scarves, sweater and blankets. If you have chosen a bulky yarn, you will need medium to large sized needles. Choose 10-inch needles in any size between 7-10.

Yarn Needle: A yarn needle is used to sew your knitted pieces together to create something, like a beanbag or eventually a sweater! It is also called a tapestry or darning needle and it looks like a giant plastic sewing needle.

You will also need a tape measure and scissors for your projects.

When you are ready, view the How To Knit video above and to the right to learn how to cast on stitches and begin to knit! Try out the easy project below.


Kids can learn to knit at an early age.
Kids can learn to knit at an early age.

Easy Kids Knitting Projects : How To Make A Knitted Beanbag

This basic beanbag is a great kids knitting project because it will give you a chance to practice your basic stitches and still create something.

Using the basic knit stitch, you will knit two squares, and sew them together on three sides, then fill an old sock or stocking with beans and place in your knitted squares. Sew up the last side and you are done! You can make the beanbag all one color, or use a different color for each side.

What you need for this kids knitting project:

  • 1 skein of bulky yarn (or a ball of scrap yarn)
  • Knitting needles, any size from 7 to 10
  • A thin sock, old tights or pantyhose
  • 1 cup of dried beans
  • Yarn needle

Directions:

  1. Cast on 20 stitches. Knit every row until you make a square. Bind off. Your first square is complete! Now repeat the process for your second square.
  2. Now get your yarn needle and sew together your 2 squares on three sides. Remember to leave one side open to insert the beans!
  3. Take your sock or stocking and fill the foot with beans. Put it in the beanbag to see how it fits and if you need to add or remove some of the beans. When you are happy with the puffiness of the beanbag, tie a knot in the fabric of the stocking to keep the bean from falling out.
  4. Using your yarn needle, sew closed the last side of your beanbag.

You are done with your first kids knitting project! If you make three you can juggle them or make up a game to play with them!

There are so many great things you can make when you learn how to knit, and there are lots of different stitches to learn and master to create different looks.

Enjoy your new hobby!

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      megan 

      6 years ago

      now knitting like a pro

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      amy 

      6 years ago

      how do you start a scarf

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      Tokyo* Murasaki101 

      6 years ago

      thank you for spending your time to help others have creative hands by posting this, this was truly done by your heart Amy Jane and you spend your time doing this. it awesome how you spread your horizon!! i'm sure the others in the world think the same!!!!!!!:D!! thnz!! this helped me very much!!

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      Jaly 

      6 years ago

      That is a helpful website!

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      Anoushka 

      6 years ago

      Finger knitting is such good fun for kids and very easy to learn and do.

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      riri 

      6 years ago

      love this site

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      morrigan 

      6 years ago

      love knitting

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      annie burke 

      6 years ago

      i have always wanted to knit

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      Avital 

      6 years ago

      Can anybody post a picture with the beanbag done? I want to get a sense of how big it will be

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      knitting is a good way to put down the time !!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it thnks for the idease AMY

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      nts 

      7 years ago

      that was just great

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      georgie 

      7 years ago

      UGH! I cant get this! Please recommend more links :)

    • profile image

      7 years ago

      nice links

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      emma 

      7 years ago

      I always wanted to knit

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      angelika martinez 

      7 years ago

      this thing really helped me to learn how to knit easily i am very proud of myself!

    • bugslady8949 profile image

      bugslady8949 

      7 years ago from The Bahamas

      you did a great job on this hub. I want to learn how to knit. I guess the only thing I have to do is find someone who can teach me or teach myself. i am doing the second one. wish me luck!!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks! I'm so glad to hear this has helped you learn more about knitting. I love to share the fun of knitting with kids. :)

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      catscratch 

      7 years ago

      Before I went to this website I know to knit but, it helped me learn more 'things' about knitting.Most of the time I like to knit, that is if I am in a good mood!I knit in school, other people saw me knitting and got interested.So I tot them.

      O and also I am a kid.?! 11 years old

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you Saleena! I hope she enjoys it!

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      Saleena 

      7 years ago

      This is amazing. Im excited to show my 9 year old when she comes back from school!

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      Rhyan  

      8 years ago

      I am looking for information to share with an elementary school teacher who is teaching math, Patterns, and problem solving with knitting. She needs all the help she can get. She started in Grade 2 I think and is now teaching grade 3 and will be introducing it to more grades as it catches on and grows. Please contact me at rhyanb AT gmail DOT com

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      sam 

      8 years ago

      loved it but you could of put more detale

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Patricia, I'm so glad your son enjoyed it so much! I would have been worried too, that his friends might make fun of him. I'm glad they didn't ruin it for him. I think it's a shame that many boys don't get a chance to learn to knit - it is really a wonderful, creative skill that builds fine motor skills and confidence. Happy knitting to you both! :)

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      Patricia66 

      8 years ago from Ontario Canada

      I am a Mother of three , and introduced knitting to all of my children a few years ago. I was surprised and excited to see how interested my 6 year old son was. He was very enthusiastic and couldn't wait to get to his knitting each day . We learned with short fat needles and a heavy variegated wool ; I found it made it easy for them to see the parts of each stitch. The initial project was a scarf.

      The thing that amazed me most was when he packed up his manly Hulk knitting bag and trucked it off to grade one for "show and tell". I was worried at first that he might be teased and come home with his tail between his legs and not quite as thrilled about his new found love, instead he came home boasting that his buddies wanted to learn too! What a pleasant surprise.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      You're welcome! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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      artycraftyparty 

      8 years ago from Oakley - Aylesbury - United Kingdom

      Thanks for this very interesting hub Amy Jane.

      I will have to follow your tips with my girls at the week-end.

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      amy frost 

      8 years ago

      this is kinda confusing for me and my little ones!can u plz put a easy link so me and other ppl get it,thx Amy Jones

      from Amy Frost:)

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks! I agree -the rib stitch is tricky. I have to make sure I have time to completely focus on what I am trying to do to get it right. Eventually, I think, it will become second nature!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      nice hun.i like knitting but i absolutly cannot do a rib stitch...it gets me everytime!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks so much Sarah! Kids love creating their own little masterpieces!

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      Sarah m Marie 

      9 years ago

      What a wonderful article and such a great project! This is a fun idea for kids. Thank you.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Xanthe, I'm glad you found this helpful. Knitting is very simple when you have good instruction.

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      Xanthe 

      9 years ago

      I want to learn how to knit but can never find a great site this has helped me a lot thank you

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      haily 

      9 years ago

      does anyone no how to knit a little bean bag

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Ashley! thanks for sharing knitting for kids with your step-daughter!Knitting is a wonderful skill to learn that can become a satisfying lifetime hobby. Thanks for reading!

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      Ashley Joy 

      9 years ago

      Great hub! My step-daughter will love this.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you -that's great, Tranndee! I am sure you will find that knitting together is wonderful quality time. :)

      Hi John, thanks for reading, I hope your daughters find something here too! :)

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      10 years ago from Texas

      My daughters know a stitch or two, but I think they will appreciate this hub to expand their horizons.

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      tranndee 

      10 years ago

      This is so cool! It's been so long since I knitted, but now I think I'll get back to it with my daughter. I'm going to have her read this tomorrow.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Marianne. I really enjoy sharing the love of knitting with my girls - I think many kids really love it. :)

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      Marianne H 

      10 years ago from Mt Prospect, IL

      Fantastic hub page and great links!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Hey Steph, It's time to learn! I am sure you will love it, except you won't be able to knit and hub simultaneously :)

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks so much Patty!

      I have read about the brain connections by-product of knitting. I am convinced that is why my grandmother, a life long knitter stayed sharp in her old age. :)

      My only problem is that I can't read and knit at the same time!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Awesome! I have always wanted to learn myself. So, perhaps I will finally start here.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Good HUB.

      KNITTING also make more healthy brain-cell connections to occur in the brain to increase intelligence, logic, cause-and-efffect understandking, and problem-solving skills. So everyone get smart and KNIT!

      Cheers!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Rainbow! I hope they will enjoy the new project. You may find your home littered with finger knitting, if they get hooked :)

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      RainbowRecognizer 

      10 years ago from Midwest

      This is awesome, Amy, thank you! I'm anxious to show my little ones later :o)

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