Gettin’ Knitty with it!

Well we are gearing up for holiday gift-giving in the FrugalCrafter household. I don’t think there is a window sill around that doesn’t hold a ball of yarn and a project in processes (PIP for short) I’ve been teaching my children to knit. My 7-year-old son made the skinny scarf in this photo:

Hat by me, scarf by my son ;)

He made the pom-poms too with a great pom-pom maker from Susan Bates:

Get this pom pom maker, not the round one!

It is the easiest one I’ve ever used. I showed him to knit on his fingers, it’s easy. Fist you make a slip knot and place it on the thumb of your left hand, then weave the yarn through your fingers, go around the pinky and weave back. Make sure to hold your hand with your palm facing you. If you are a leftie start with the yarn on your right hand ;) Weave the yarn through and back again until you have 2 strings on each finger then lift the bottom string over the top (and over your finger) the knitting will form at the back of your hand. Weave the yarn through again and lift the bottom string over the top. continue until it is the length you want. This is a good introduction to loom knitting.

The hat was made on a loom, I used the green Knifty Knitter loom from ProvoCraft.

knifty knitter round looms

The process is nearly the same. You wrap the yarn around the pegs rather than weaving but the lifting is the same. To make the hat use a string of boucille (Lion brand Boucille Popsicle) and Jiffy (or any worsted weight yarn) held together and knit for 10 inches. Then divide the stitches on two knitting needles and use a 3rd needle to do a 3 needle bind off. Attach a pom-pom at each end. I made one of my crocheted flowers out of Sugar and cream cotton yarn and stitched it on the hat and added a button.

My 5-year-old daughter is making a hat for her new baby cousin on the small loom. She really likes it although last night she said “I’m getting kind if sick of doing this” luckily she only has a couple more rows to go and she’ll be done.

ironically I did not learn to knit until I was an adult and I taught myself from a book called Kids Knitting. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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7 Responses

  1. Thats fantastic that you are teaching your kiddos to knit! I need to learn how to do more than the basics. I’d love to learn how to increase and decrease stitches.

  2. Hi thought I would stop by & say Hi, I love your son’s hard work & of course yours.
    I remember it well teaching my children to knit especially Nettie.Best wishes Mandy

  3. I use Kids Knitting for me too! My daughter loves finger knitting and taught her Daisy troop and all of the parents who showed up to the meeting (including the one dad who came) how to finger knit. It’s so satisfying for the kids making presents to give away.

  4. We are making hats in our household on the round looms too! Both my daughter and I are working on one.

    I love the stuff in the pic. Tell your son that he did a great job.

  5. It’s really amazing to know that you are teaching the art of needle painting to kids. Like the design of pom-pom. Nice blog

  6. Oooh, very cool! I love it that the kids are getting in on the action. Hey – is that your new floor???

  7. I love when kids are crafty! Great job on your part for encouraging them!

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