A Skill For Life
If you know our story, you will know that we were taught to knit as children. Mum could knit and read patterns before she went to school (my Grandma disliked casting-on and ribbing, so teaching my mum to do it benefitted them both!).
Mum carried on knitting her whole life, but I hardly picked up a pair of needles again until in my 30s, but for me it was like riding a bike!
Knitting is a fantastic skill to encourage children to learn. Not only does it assist with developing fine motor skills, it also teaches patience, concentration and can ignite in them a passion for creating, that can last long beyond childhood. And what's more, it does all of the above without the use of a screen!
My eldest boy is 6 and has been keen to knit since he was 4, but his ambitions of knitting his brother a scarf or a new pair of gloves never really amounted to much, as at his age he just doesn't posses the concentration or patience.
Not wanting to discourage his interest, we wrote down a simple pattern for a Knitted-Bow. It was only 10 stitches wide and 14cm long and was an achievable project for a child (or any beginner in fact).
Knit With Them
Whilst older children may be able to follow written instructions by themselves, younger children will need your help to understand and practise their new skills.
When helping a child to knit:
1. Try sitting them on your lap so that your hands and their hands can work together in the same direction.
2. Use small needles that they can manoeuvre easily (mum used to tuck her mother's needles under her arms whilst knitting but this isn't ideal).
3. Simple is best to begin with. Simple stitches (this pattern requires just one), and simple language - we use an easy to remember rhyme. IN through the front door. AROUND the back. OUT through the window... and OFF jumps Jack.
4. Encourage them to count the stitches at the end of each row, this helps to quickly find out if a stitch has been dropped so it can be rectified before a big hole appears in their work.
The Knit-A- Bow Kit contains everything little hands need to complete this project, including a link to online instructional video support.