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Someone told me about this concept. She said it's called a spool or something and it is a block of wood with four nails. She said that is how she first learned how to knit when she was a young girl. It makes a long tube.<br><br>
I have taught my 6 year old how to fingerknit and I thought this would be cool also.<br>
Does anyone know what I am talking about and if so, could you give me more info?<br><br>
I am just learning how to knit myself and I can't see teaching my 6 year old how to use needles. It seems complicated.<br><br>
Thanks in advance<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Spool knitting! A great thing to get a 6 year old to do, and handy for making drawstrings for soakers.<br>
Here you go: <a href="http://www.pellatuliptime.com/lessons/straw/strwcork.html" target="_blank">http://www.pellatuliptime.com/lesson.../strwcork.html</a>
 

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:LOL I was just thinking about this the other day. I used to do that when I was small and since dd really wants to learn how I was trying to remember how. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I checked it out. It looks a bit complicated for a 6 year old. Is that the case? I don't want to get her something that will be frustrating.<br>
She really wants to do something. Any suggestions from your own life experiences?
 

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Get a really, really big one. A big chunky one is easier to start with, and they are usually plastic. My mom had us using one when we were really little, and i learned how to actually knit when I was 5 or 6. Once she does 3 or 4 rounds, she will have the hang of it.<br><a href="http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=3&bc=1004&pgc=433&sv=333402" target="_blank">http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin...=433&sv=333402</a><br>
is the link to them from Magic cabin, but I assume Michaels and Joanns have them too.
 

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Why not start with crocheting? My grandmother taught me how when I was about six... I think its easier because it only uses the one needle.
 

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ITA! I have been teaching my 4 yr old. my mom taught my sis and i around then too.<br>
its too cute. he shows off to dh's gma when we go over there.<br>
granted he only does about a 1 foot sc but heck he loves it.<br>
he keeps bagging me to get those cute needles for kids at hobby lobby. ones red and ones blue lol lol and they have cute lions on top lol.
 

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I don't know how to crochet myself! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br>
I'm barely learning how to knit, much less learn to crochet and then teach her!
 

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They also have a larger version of the knitting spool called a knitting frame. I got my 5yo going on a baby hat with one (I bought a "family hat set" of round knitting frames for my girls to mess around with), and she had a lot of fun with it for a while. I liked that they could knit something other than just cords on it, but the concept was exactly the same. Wind the yarn around the pegs, lift the bottom loop over the top. These frames I got have nice pegs, too - they have a groove on each peg to allow the lifting hook to slip under the yarn easier, so you're not snagging the yarn or struggling to catch it with the hook to complete your stitch.
 

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<a href="http://www.growinglifestyle.com/us/article/s0/a2619241.html" target="_blank">http://www.growinglifestyle.com/us/a.../a2619241.html</a>
 

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I was going to suggest the knitting frames too. You can buy them one at a time or as a set. I've yet to try ours out...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I checked out that website and they look really good. I think I'm going to get them. But, is there another place to get them? Like a fabric store or something? I don't know if I want all four and since the previous poster said you can get them one at a time, I'd like to try that.<br><br>
thanks for all your help, ladies.
 

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Check out whatever local crafts stores are in your area. Around here that means Pat Catan's or Michael's.
 
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