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#1 of 10 Old 12-14-2007, 04:45 PM - Thread Starter
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Yesterday, dd found some yarn and want to make some socks. We had several tearful meltdows because no matter how she tried to bunch up the yarn, tie it, it wasn't a 'sock'. She even wrote out 'directions' (a picture of a sock) to help!

I can knit (though I've never attempted socks!), but my initial thought is that I'm nuts for trying to teach her. She is only 3 1/2. Her fine motor skills are good, but not THAT good.

Are there alternatives? Should I just hope she forgets?

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I think it's a little young.

But she wants to imitate you!

Work first on "finger knitting" - a series of slip knots. Do you crotchet? It's like making a chain, but without the crotchet hook. This can be a bracelet, necklace, bridle for a horse, collar, etc. It gets them working with the yarn. My almost 5 yo cannot really finger knit without my help.

You can also get a "knitty-knotty, kniting nancee, spool knitter - they have many names. You could make one, too. You wrap yarn around knobs or pegs and then use a tool to loop it off. This makes a nice tube - hat for a doll, barbie dress, even a tube sock! My DD can use the hook to loop the yarn off the pegs all on her own, but she cannot wrap the yarn.

I learned to crotchet at 7 because I couldn't handle the 2 needles. I learned to knit at 8.

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What about let her use some big needles, cast on a small row and show her how to pearl or knit? I'm thinking size 11 or 12 and maybe circular if you have them. Explain socks are hard to knit but a scarf isn't or she needs to knit two parts to make a sock . My 4 year old has been going through the same thing when I knit but not quite so frustrated. But I think I'd try that if she was too frustrated.
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I learned to crochet a little at around four, so maybe. I don't know. The real reason that I posted was to tell you that that is the cutest thing ever! Especially the directions!

Body, I've been more than patient. Please make a baby. Please?
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You could try a knitting loom (like finger-knitting, but not on your fingers).

That is a very cute story!

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crocheting is certainly easier ! I was able to make several squares for an afgan (spelling) in 4'th grade.

How about that toy we use to have as kids, where it was a bunch of colorful loops in a tub. You could loop them to make a chain, and could make pot holders. I wonder if variations are out there?
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I came across this so thought I'd share.

This is a link to a natural toy store near where I live. And they are over priced. I wonder who makes these? You could call and ask and then find them elsewhere.
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My daughter is 3.25 and wants to knit so badly. I usually set her up with a slip knot and big needles and she's happy for now. She sits and recites some non-sensical variation of "in through the front door, run around the back, out through the window, and off hops Jack" while she wraps and winds and "knits" a sweater and hat for her baby.

My thought, when she's more serious about wanting to actually produce something, is to try spool/loom knitting. Michaels/Joanns have some that are a bit bigger that may produce something more satisfying than what will come out of a tiny spool.

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interesting - i'm curious too b/c my 4.5 yr old DS has expressed interest in wanting to knit as well when he sees me knitting. i bought him a pair of super thick bamboo knitting needles, and we have had one session, but it wasn't really productive and he lost interest after a few minutes of challenge. i wonder about the spool knitter - i'll have to see about that. it might encourage him if he feels that he can be productive with it.
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My daughter is 5 and is currently learning to knit - we often have to do it together so that the yarn goes in the correct direction and all that sort of thing - in fact she's knitting a wonderful bright yellow scarf for dh - it's full of dropped stitches but is made with such love I just let her get on with it and help her out only when she wants me to - it's taken AGES to knit!!! You can get a French Knitter - it maybe easier for little ones I gave one to my niece last year I think they work really well for beginners - good luck and well done to your dd for wanting to learn a great craft.

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