If it seems unbelievably ridiculous that I am about to write about knitting – hold onto your hats – because here I go. I am excited to partner with Oak Meadow today to bring you some of the cutest and most engaging knitting projects for kids.
If you come here often you might recall my struggle with knitting hats last year. The struggle was real. My mom is an incredible knitter. One of those people who goes “tic-tic-tic” with the needles as she maintains eye contact with you and has an in depth conversation about life. When the conversation is done you feel so much better about things, and you go home with a cozy, immaculate sweater.
My mom taught me to knit when I was little, but up until last year I had not knit in decades. (Goodness I’m old.) But Sam is learning to knit this year with our grade 1 Oak Meadow curriculum. If you are considering Oak Meadow, please feel free to send me any questions. I am so in love with this curriculum and would be happy to answer any questions I can.
Since Sam needs to learn to knit, I need to try to re-learn as well. There is a cute little poem used in the Oak Meadow book to help remember how to make a stitch, and lots of helpful tidbits. That in combination with my Mama’s help means we just might actually get the hang of this.
Learning to knit is FABULOUS for kids. It engages both sides of the brain, has children working from the left to the right and in a circular manner, which helps children with reading skills. There is a ton of counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, and patterning involved with knitting – and if you are anything like me, a whole lot of problem solving too. Knitting is rhythmic and calming and has been shown to be very beneficial for hyperactive children (and this point alone was enough to sell me on knitting – “Pass Mama those needles, we are going to learn to knit!!”) If you want to read more about the benefits of knitting, there is a great article on Millennial Child.
So how do we keep those little ones engaged in knitting? Why with knitting projects of course! These simple knitting projects for kids are perfect for beginners.
I am hoping we will have oodles of lovely, handmade, knitted goods to give as Christmas gifts this year. Booties for the baby cousins, bracelets for the older cousins, and those little bunnies?! CUTE.
I hope you find a few ideas just right for you and yours:
Finger Knitting for Beginners from The Sunny Patch – Teach the kids how to knit using just yarn and their fingers!
Knitted Mini Pumpkins from Our Little House in the Country – A beginning knitting project perfect for fall. Grab some orange yarn and googly eyes, and then get started.
How to Finger Knit a Brooch from NurtureStore – Kids can use yarn and their fingers to create a present for family or friends.
Felted Bracelet Project from Craftwhack – This project was designed specifically with new knitters in mind, with just enough knitting to practice and create.
Finger Knit Yarn Bombing from Zing Zing Tree – Grab colorful yarn and little (or not-so-little) hands. Set about decorating the trees in your yard with beautiful knitting projects.
Easy Farmhouse Kitchen Dishcloths from All Free Knitting – Kids can make simple dishcloths with basic knitting skills.
Finger Knitted Flower from The Magic Onions – Turn finger knitting into a beautiful flower that won’t wilt over time.
DIY Easy Knit Baby Booties from The New Days Blog – This pattern is perfect to make for younger siblings, cousins, or even baby dolls.
Simple Mouse Cat Toy Craft from Red Ted Art – If you have cats at home, or the kids just love mice, this would be a fun project to knit.
Woven Rug from Belinda Fireman – If the kids have been practicing their finger knitting, you might have a lot of it around the house. If so, use this tutorial to turn it into a rug for the house.
Rainbow Scarf from Rookie – The kids might need a little bit of help with the “clouds” at the end of this knitted rainbow scarf. What a colorful piece of work to wear this winter.
Knitted Bunnies from Jo So and Sew – These bunnies may look intricate, but they start with just a knitted square of any size and color. Imagine the possibilities.
Finger Knitting Necklaces from Fun Crafts Kids – Turn those finger knitting creations into beautiful jewelry. I’m sure these could be made into bracelets, too.
Tutorial for Warm Knitted Fingerless Gloves from The Magic Onions – This knitting pattern was written for kids beginning to learn how to knit. Imagine all of the beautiful gloves the kids can make.
What do you think? Are you ready to get to knitting with us? That cold wind has already started to blow over here, and there is not much better than hunkering down with some warm yarn in front of the woodstove in the winter time.
Well, until I mess up and can’t figure out what I did wrong. Then there is a whole lot better to do and the knitting goes away for a few decades.
No, I’m kidding! This time I am going to power through. This time we will learn to knit! We have to, it’s in our Oak Meadow Curriculum. And that curriculum has not steered me wrong yet.
I hope you are having a fabulous week friends. Thank you so much for being here.
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