Jan
22nd

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit + Crochet

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern WorldMonday was rough.

If this is any indication, I had to mop the floor 3 times, and sanitize 2 dining room chairs (potty training incident).

We (plural) may have cried during the homeschool math lesson on multiplying by 3′s. (Lord help me when we get to long division…)

I was cranky. The kids were cranky.

So once the potty-trainee was down for his nap, I headed over to my yarn basket and rifled through until I found a current WIP (That’s knitting lingo for “work in progress”.  You’re welcome.).  I  grabbed my knitting, told my daughters to grab theirs, and we sat down together on the couch.

Now, please don’t be disillusioned…there were still some squabbles over yarn, and it was by no means a cure-all.

However, after about 20 minutes, my blood pressure was a little lower and I was able to add about 8 rows to my never-ending-poke-my-eyes-out-with-wool-yarn shawl.

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

 

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

 

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

I’m a huge fan of knitting (and, more recently, crocheting) and here’s why:

[I'm going to reference knitting for most of the post, but this also includes crocheting. I'm lazy, and it takes forever to type out "knitting and crocheting" every time...hang with me peeps.]

-Knitting is creative, and that’s a gift that God has placed in each woman’s heart.  We need to create.  Ladies, we make people! So whether it’s knitting, sewing, cooking, construction, woodworking, painting, mechanic work, gardening,  auto painting, or basket weaving – it doesn’t matter!  There’s something in all of us that needs to order, create, nurture, refine and cultivate – and depending on your particular skill and gifts, it will look different, but achieve the same thing within each of us.

-Knitting is stress relieving.  The repetitive patterns and motions are calming and many psychologists believe that knitting lowers blood pressure and is an excellent exercise for those with ADHD [raises hand].

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

-It’s an excellent skill to develop in children because it teaches them to sit, concentrate and asses patterns.  It’s also a great exercise for fine motor skills…of which I didn’t realize that I didn’t have until I picked up a pair of needles.  (p.s. It’s great for fine motor skill formulation in adults too).

 

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

 

-It teaches you to enjoy the process as much (and maybe more) than the outcome.  I’ve made some pretty ugly stuff, I’m not gonna lie.  My first dishcloth ended up triangular.  However, creating with your hands should be a great tactile experience, so choose some scrumptious yarn and comfortable needs/hook  and simply enjoy creating.  Even if the outcome goes into the scrap pile or is eventually unwound and recycled.

-It teaches perseverance.  Friends, I have been working on the same shawl since last spring.  Some of you veteran knitters will roll your eyes at my newbie complaints, but I’m all about immediate gratification…of which knitting, typically, is not.  

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

-It’s a great quiet time tool.  Because it does require concentration, especially while you’re learning, it’s great for quiet afternoons.  Also, we homeschool, so while we’re doing our history, poetry, and our read-aloud stories, my girls will grab their knitting and sit quietly while I read.  (I know. seriously.  It works)

 

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

-Now, a word on crocheting.  If you’re just starting out, or if you have younger children, I’d recommend starting with crocheting. Its fast, y’all.  In my opinion, much faster than knitting and the projects that I have done so far have been completed in HALF the time.  Plus, when you’re crocheting, you’re only dealing with ONE stitch at a time.  If you make a mistake, you unwind one stitch and it’s (usually) an easy fix.  Knitting, in my opinion, is much harder to fix, because each stitch affects the rows above and below it.  Also, it’s much easier (in my totally novice opinion) to find smaller, less time intensive crocheting projects that kids can complete in one setting.  This is ideal for the younger crowd.

 

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

Want to get started?

-I taught myself to knit and crochet by watching youtube.  It can be done!!!  Some of the videos are great. Some not.  But do a search for knitting and crocheting tutorials and you’ll pull up a library of clips to get you started!

-Check out Ravelry.com – it’s an amazing database of knitting and crocheting projects.  It’s free to sign up, and you can search for patterns by craft, yarn, difficulty and more. (and come find me on ravelry- I’m “CheekyMama” ) {grin}

-I also love purlbee.com  Their website is beautiful, their tutorials are great, and alot of their patterns are easy enough for beginners!

-Pinterest.  Need I say more?  You can find some great free patterns, and come join me and check out my knitting and crocheting boards!

-Don’t forget to check out your library for knitting and crocheting books.  Most of them have tutorials and dozens of free patterns.

-Don’t spend a lot on materials (not at first).  I have been able to find needles and hooks at our local thrift store, or you can find them at a Wal-Mart or a craft store for just a few dollars.  As for yarn, I love getting a basic acrylic for a few dollars; it’s great for practicing and it slides easily on the needles.  It’s also great to have some cotton on hand.  Start with a few dishcloths (I like this pattern) – then it won’t matter what they look like and you can practice some new stitches (then scrub your counters).

 

My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit or Crochet - Vintage Kids | Modern World

-That being said, once you’ve got the hang of it, don’t be afraid to invest in yarn and tools that you love.   Although some larger items like rugs or purses may actually save you money to make yourself, unless the supplies were given to you, once you factor in your TIME, you aren’t saving much by making your own clothing or household items.  Keep this in mind: You are not knitting or crocheting to save money, you’re doing it to create.

 

Do you knit? crochet?  What are some of your favorite on-line resources?  Link them up in the comments and then join me on facebook and share some of your crafting-wisdom! 

 

 

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14 Responses to “My Yarn Obsession: The Benefits of Teaching Your Children to Knit + Crochet”
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  1. I totally agree with you about it being a stress reliever…I used to love to crochet! I never learned how to knit, but my daughter grabbed a book from the library and taught herself. She’s now teaching me how to knit! Guess it’s still passed on to other generations, but sometimes in reverse :)

  2. Sarah

    Thanks for the chuckle this morning :) such a good idea too…I tried in vain to teach my son and daughter awhile ago to crochet. I will try again! We did embroidery instead, and that was pretty successful. They were very proud of their work too. Thanks again for the good idea!

    • Kelsi

      Sarah, did your kiddos like the embroidery?? My oldest gets SO impatient, so I might wait just a little more. I tried to teach my 5 year old to knit and she never quite got it, but she turned 6 this November and something clicked and now she’s knitting all the time! I’d love to look into embroidery – maybe we’ll give it a shot! thanks for stopping by!
      Kelsi

  3. Thats awesome your teaching the kids to knit. I love yarn too!

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  5. I couldn’t agree more that there are definite pluses to teaches these and many other ‘vintage’ skills to our children!

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  6. I love, love, love knitting! And teaching my kids has been one of my greatest pleasures. Come by some Wednesday and share your wip. :-)

  7. I love knitting and just started crocheting too! I also taught myself through youtube videos. I didn’t have a mom or grandma to teach me, but I’m hoping to teach my kids soon. My daughter, 3 years old, is already showing an interest, how soon do you think kids can learn to crochet? She has a weaving loom that we practice, but it’s a little hard for her still. Just curious what you suggest. And PS, I also prefer crochet over knit. I love that I can fix my mistakes easily. I love making dish cloths!

    • Kelsi

      Hey Dana, I love youtube! It’s been great – and I can go back and watch it over and over which is SO helpful! I would definitely get your daughter use to handling the yarn, and let her learnt o do slip knots to start out, because she’d need it for either craft. I started both of my girls on finger knitting (I’m hoping to put up a post on that soon!) and that was easy to teach and helped them see patterns and perspective. Also, they were around 3 years old as well and I didn’t have to worry about them poking their eyes out with knitting needles or spearing each other :) After that, I’d say just start making long chains with crochet and get her used to controlling the yarn and making uniform chain loops. Let me know how it goes!! thanks for stopping in! – Kelsi

 

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