Teaching Kids to Knit: Make it Positive

It is always an honor when a child expresses an interest in your craft. Whether the child is your own, a grandchild, a student, or a neighbor, teaching a child to knit is a precious opportunity. You aren’t just passing down a skill; you’re creating a memory, a bond-and a new knitter. Ask the knitters you know: They can tell you who taught them to knit!

When you teach a child to knit, remember that the lesson is more about the experience of knitting than the mechanics. You need more patience than knowledge, more love than advanced skill.

After teaching thousands of kids at The Handwork Studio, we’ve come up with some tips designed to make both the teaching and the learning experiences rewarding and memorable.

Focus on process, not product. 

As a knitter, you try to make your work look perfect. For children, perfection shouldn’t be the focus. The goal is to have fun and minimize frustration. Don’t over-correct; encourage instead. A child who enjoys...

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