How to Teach Knitting to Children?


Children are keen to learn new things. You can teach knitting to them so they can create beautiful projects of their own. However, you may have to deal with their frustration when they are not ready to learn knitting. If this happens then you have to make this process interesting by trying different approaches.

When to Teach Knitting to your Children?

Whenever your child gets a perfect hand-eye combination you can begin teaching them this art. Some may learn around six or seven while some learn after few years. Know must try to understand the child’s skill. You should also notice that whether they are taking interest while you are knitting or not.   Sometimes your child may feel boring and unmotivated when you teach the process. At this time you must let off the lesson for some time.

Starting the lessons

If your child is very young, you can start teaching finger knitting. This is simple and requires only the coordination of fingers. The project can be completed using two or four fingers altogether.

You can also try using a spool knitter or knitting knobby. There are some pegs or hooks that worked with a crochet hook or pick. These ideas help your child to handle yarn and increase concentration and interest.


Wool is the best choice when it comes to knitting. It feels nice on the hands and easier to work with. Worsted or medium-weight yarn is perfect as it is not too small or big. Quality acrylic yarn is also a good choice when knitting. Stitches can be seen easier in light color yarn. Let your child choose the color of choice.

Larger needles are good for children (up to size 10 US) as they can easily hang onto big needles. Little hands can easily hold bamboo needles.

First is special

A simple garter swatch can be the first simple project for your child. They can also focus on different knit stitches and once they are established you can also tell them about the ribbing, purling, binding off, and casting on.

You can teach any knitting method to your children but tell them that it is normal to make mistakes and they do not have to feel guilty or frustrated for this. You both need to be patient. Children can learn things easily and you will be surprised to see their knitting skills in no time.