My daughter desperately wants to knit. And since we're somewhat Waldorf-inspired in our homeschooling, knitting is "on the curriculum" anyway. :)
We have the great book "A First Book of Knitting for Children". It's got great rhymes for remembering the steps for each type of stitch. We're trying just to get a basic knit stitch working for her. She understands the steps.
The problem that she has is just in the coordination of holding the needles and the yarn at the same time. Like, the very first step "under the fence", when you put the right needle through the loop. She has to let go of the right needle in order to loop the yarn. The pictures in the book show the right needle apparently just hanging there. But it just drops out for her. So we try to grab it with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand (which is how I do it myself) but that seems to be too complex for her -- she keeps letting go of the left needle first, or else she manages to grab it but twists her left hand so the stitches get all twisted... Then when bringing the needle back through, popping off the stitch from the left needle without dropping it off the right needle is a whole other challenge.
I know the temptation is just to say "she's too young" (she turns 5 tomorrow!) but I know for a fact that many kids this age are able to get it working, and she does really want to do it. And in general she's actually very dextrous for her age -- she's taking violin lessons and her teacher is impressed with her coordination and dexterity, and she does piano with me too... her drawing and writing skills are also "ahead of average" for her age.
So I'm wondering if there are tips out there from those with more experience, of how we can help a young child with the more difficult coordination aspects of a basic knit stitch.
She does have nice thick needles to work with (size 10.5) and they're wooden, so not too slippery. And we know about "finger knitting" and we'll probably do some of that too, but she's really keen to work with the needles.