While shopping for yarn in my local yarn shop this week, I came across these adorable knitting needles for children by an innovative company in India called Pony. My 3 1/2 year old daughter was immediately drawn to them and wanted all the colors. I did too, but bought one set for now to see how it goes. She chose this bright pink yarn and promised the saleslady there that she would come back to show her the scarf she was going to make. She doesn't quite have the attention span for knitting yet, but I will keep these until she does. I am looking forward to the day when we can sit side by side knitting or crocheting!
I read about teaching 5 year olds to knit, so I am hoping that in another year, she will at least be able to work on the French knitter that I bought her last time we went yarn shopping. I found some good tips on teaching young children to knit here.
One of my favorite knitting books when I was getting started was called Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick. The joys of being self taught. It had great little rhymes for keeping knit and pearl sitches straight and fun easy and small projects so you could move beyond scarves even if your skills weren't quite ready.ReplyDelete
It's a good idea to have each needle a different colour when she's learning. You are so wise to let her lead when she wants to learn. Having the kit at home means she can pick it up when she feels she wants to have a try.ReplyDelete
Another fun option for her might be the wide gauge looms, or finger knitting. There are lots of videos on YouTube of the basics of finger knitting.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the tips PaulasHook!ReplyDelete