Patterns to Teach Kids Knitting

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Patterns to Teach Kids Knitting
Both boys and girls can learn to knit. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Some children express an interest in learning to knit at some point and it can be a rewarding experience to teach a child to knit. To maintain a child's interest in knitting, teach her to knit practical items from the very beginning. Knitting kits tailored for children are available to buy, but they are not necessary. Your child will feel extra special if you allow her to borrow your needles.

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When kids have learnt basic knitting stitches and have developed a little patience for sustained knitting, they are ready to knit a scarf. Use a worsted weight yarn and 4mm needles. Cast on 40 stitches. The number of stitches is variable, depending on how wide you would like the scarf. Knit every row until the scarf reaches the desired length. Add different-coloured stripes to make the knitting a little more interesting.

Purse With Square Flap

A small coin purse is a project that most children can knit once they have learnt basic knit and purl stitches. Using a worsted weight yarn and 4mm needles, cast on 30 stitches and work rows by knitting every stitch in one row and then purling every stitch in the next row to make stockinet stitch. Continue until the work measures 9 inches and then cast off. Fold up the bottom of the knitting so it is 3 inches below the top edge of the knitting and has the knit stitches inside. Sew up both sides of the purse, fold down the top flap and sew on a button to keep the purse closed.

Purse With Tapered Flap

When children are a little more advanced in knitting and have learnt how to decrease, they can knit a purse with a more stylish, tapered front flap. Cast on 30 stitches with a worsted weight yarn and 4mm needles, then knit in stockinet until the work measure 6 inches. Shape the front flap opening by knitting two stitches together at the beginning and end of every knit row, continuing to decrease until 10 stitches are left on the needle. Cast off, then sew up the sides of the purse by folding up the bottom of the knitting to the point where the decreasing starts and sewing the sides.

Dollhouse Items

Practicing knitting just for the sake of learning to knit can get boring, but knitting small swatches becomes more interesting when they are for a purpose. Soft furnishings such as rugs or blankets can be made quickly for a dollhouse. Let children make decisions with regard to adding stripes and choosing when to change colour or about how long they would like to make the rug or blanket.

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