Need some advice and help..

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Need some advice and help..
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Thu, 12-27-2012 - 9:30pm

I have been asked to teach several girls (ages 7-12) how to crochet and knit.  Any suggestions for materials, websites or advice?  Thanks! 


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Thu, 01-10-2013 - 7:26pm
Thanks Jen! I can't wait to check out the tutorials!

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Tue, 01-08-2013 - 10:12am
I love the tutorials on verypink.com. Staci has a great way of explaining things. I agree with using a multicolored yarn, for crochet especially. I just learned crochet (went from knitting to crochet), and the multicolored yarn helped me identify my stitches tremendously! I'd stick with worsted weight yarn and maybe an H or I hook since they seem to be really easy to work with.
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Wed, 01-02-2013 - 10:21am
No, a few of the girls already know how to knit, so I will just be helping them with their projects and the other girls will be working on their crocheting skills. Thanks for the link! :)

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Wed, 01-02-2013 - 10:20am
Thanks! I have quite a bit to think about and to prepare. I am hoping to make it a fun time for the girls.

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Mon, 12-31-2012 - 11:32pm

I've taught both to 4-8th graders in summer school for about a 3 week session. 

The previously mentioned websites are great.  Also, check your local library in the kids' section for books written for kiddos for both crocheting and knitting.  IMHO, choose 1 to start with and wait until the kids get proficient before switching to the other one.  Either that, or do loom knitting.  I have taught my 5 and 7 year old boys how to loom knit.  My 5 year old just started so he needs a lot of help, but my 7 year old just needs help casting on and off the loom. 

Pick solid color, light/bright.  don't use dark blue, black, dark purple... it's too hard to see especially when crocheting. 

knitting:

start with teaching the cast on and then plain knitting.  don't teach purl until they're proficient with the knitting.  you can use dowels with rubber bands on one end and sharpen the other end with a pencil sharpener and then sand down the point and the rest of the dowel... otherwise I'd suggest starting with plastic needles.  They tend to be a bit smoother and easier to use for beginners.  When they're knitting, make sure that they're taking the stitch off when they knit otherwise they'll knit the same stitch twice. 

Crocheting:

Start with the basic chain.  once they've got that, start with single crochet and then double crochet.  The biggest mistake is crocheting twice into the same stitch.

Hope it helps!!!

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Mon, 12-31-2012 - 11:34am

Are you going to teach them how to knit AND crochet in one sitting? Wouldn't that be confusing?

Here's another site that might help:

http://stacienaczelnik.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Teach-a-Child-to-Knit-or-Crochet

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Fri, 12-28-2012 - 8:58am
Thanks so much. Great ideas on what to do the first meeting. I need to dig through my boxes of books and try and find my knitting book for kids. I am sure there are great beginning projects in there.

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Fri, 12-28-2012 - 8:56am
Thanks for the wonderful websites Martha. I am a bit apprehensive and want to be well prepared.

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Fri, 12-28-2012 - 5:42am

I thought I was going to teach a bunch of Brownies, for one meeting, and had put together materials & a plan. It never happened, so I have no idea whether it would work. I bought a bunch of cheap plastic hooks, and put together some of my leftovers & bought some yarn. I gravitated towards bright & variegated yarns, on the theory that this would be easier to see, and the kids would probably like the loud multicolor stuff. (DD did like the mittens I eventually made from the hot pink & blue yarn). Variegated is nice for a beginner, to tell which yarn you're trying to pull through when you're just starting out.

I did discover (on someone else's organized activity) that you can't count on the kids knowing how to make a slip knot. I figured on first teaching the knot, then how to do a chain with no hook, THEN describe the hooks as spacers to get a consistent sized stitch and let them do a chain with a hook, and then (if there was time) go into single crochet (Or maybe start with double: you do that and you can do anything) & make swatches that might turn into phone cases or something. i also figured on (if there were still time) having printouts on amigurumi and lacy projects, so kids could see what all kinds of things they might go on to make.

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Thu, 12-27-2012 - 10:01pm

I really don't know much about teaching people to crochet but maybe you can get some ideas here:

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/d1.html

http://blog.lionbrand.com/2012/02/16/7-tips-for-teaching-kids-how-to-knit-or-crochet/

http://craftsforkidlets.com/teach-your-child-to-crochet-lesson-1/

I hope these are helpful.

Have fun.

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