“Mommy can you show me how to do that thing with the string and sticks?” She had seen me knitting earlier in the week and wanted to make a scarf for her brother. Yay! I was so excited she wanted to learn! I quickly found a pair of size 10 needles and some chunky yarn. I cast-on about 20 stitches and showed her the knit stitch. She had trouble wrapping the yarn while trying to hold on to the needle. Eventually stuck the needles in the ball and twirled them around in the ball and said, “I’m done!” Instead of a scarf we ended up with a ball of tangled yarn and a frustrated 6 year old. Thinking maybe I was teaching her the wrong way I searched Pinterest for ideas on how to teach kids to knit and came across a pin on finger knitting. It led me to a tutorial on Lines Across.
The next day I told my daughter I had another knitting technique she could try, without the sticks. Surprisingly she was thrilled and let me show her how to cast on and make the stitches. She picked it up quickly and it was fun to watch her chase her brother around trying to get him to try on the scarf so she could see how long it was. I wasn’t able to take any photos the day she first tried it (because if you know my kids you know they automatically shout “Nooooo” and run away when they see me whip out the camera!) but I was able to sneak in a photo a few days ago when she made another scarf for their stuffed animal “Bullseye.”
I think our next project could be this woven hula hoop rug I found on flaxandtwine.com. It looks like a fun summer project!