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Teaching Children How To Crochet Or Knit

Updated on January 24, 2009
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Teaching Children How To Crochet or Knit

Crocheting or knitting is not just for little old ladies. Young children, including boys, also love to learn and it gives them a sense of accomplishment just like anyone else.

They do however need more time to learn and are possibly quicker to give up as it may seem overwhelming to them. It takes a lot of guidance and patience until the child is ready to work on his or her own.

Here are some tips that may help if you're planning on teaching your youngster how to knit or crochet.

First the child has to want to learn. If he or she is not interested, no matter how hard you try to teach them, they will not be able to do it. If you sense it may be the case, the best thing to do is to wait until they are ready.

One way of getting them interested is by giving them something which you've madeā€¦and it has to be something which they will treasure. Another thing which you could do is get their friends involved and they could start their own crochet or knitting club. (What child wouldn't want to join a club?)

Once your child is interested you can start off with a small and simple project, and again it has to be something he or she will treasure, or be able to take to school and show it off to their classmates. It's a good idea to gather a collection of simple patterns and then have them pick one which they will enjoy.

If the children are old enough to read and understand patterns it is a good idea to teach them as you demonstrate.

The easiest way to demonstrate how to crochet or knit is to sit on a bench with one leg on each side and have the child sit in front of you facing in the same direction. This makes it easy for you to reach around the child and show him or her exactly how to hold the hook and yarn without confusing the youngster.

When demonstrating for a small child start the project which the child will work on and do a few rows to make it easier for the child. Once the child is confident enough to try it on his or her own, remain sitting in the same position to help and guide them along the way.

Another method you could use is to each have your own ball of yarn to work with and as you demonstrate have the child follow your demonstration step by step. This works well for older children and you could have them sitting beside you without too much confusion.

Be sure to watch closely for any mistakes the child might make; the sooner you catch the mistakes, the less the youngster will have to redo.

It is very important at this stage for both to remain patient. If the child makes a mistake, or has a hard time catching on, it very important that you reassure him or her that it's ok and that practice will make perfect. Each project which they complete will be easier and faster, and it is important that you remind them of it, so that they won't give up.

Keep the learning sessions short especially if it's a very young child. As they get older they will have more patience for a longer period, but don't allow them to become frustrated.

Encourage them to knit or crochet everyday or several times each day so that they won't forget how to do it and have to start all over again.

When the child is ready to work without much supervision, get out your own project and work next to the child. Put on some quiet music in the background and make it a fun experience.

Allow them to invite their friends and have a crochet or knitting party.

Put together some of the youngsters' favorite snacks to snack on when they need a short break from crocheting or knitting.

The more they do it, the more they'll love it!

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      Rhelena 6 years ago

      Youtube.com has a lot of great videos on how to crochet. There are videos on how to do complete projects as well as videos on how to do specific stitches.

      Also, look for crochet patterns (either in books or online) that are suitable for beginners. These generally have fairly easy stitches, such as the single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc), that anyone can do.

      Hope it works out for you.

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      tdarby 6 years ago

      My Grandma taught me how to knit when I was about 12 and I knit an entire afghan. I loved it. I am trying to teach myself how to crochet but can't seem to get the hang of it--any ideas on where I can learn?

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      Rhelena 9 years ago

      Tody that's terrific! You must be proud of the fine young man you are raising...I'm glad he's enjoying it!

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      Tody 9 years ago

      Hi there,

      I taught my 7-yr. old boy how to knit... it had been such a nice experience because he was really enjoying it.

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