My 2 cents worth:
1) Bamboo Circ needles, no smaller than size US 9
2) Worsted Wt or Chunky Wt yarn
3) Long tail cast on... no more than 18 stitches
4) The "Knit Stitch" only...creating garter stitch
5) Learn to count the stitches at end of every row
6) Recognition of a 'dropped stitch'
7) Casting off
If they can stick to it and master these steps, then we progress to purl stitch...creating stocking stitch; next: seed stitch. BUT NOT ALL AT ONCE.
If I teach an adult: I insist they purchase ALL OF THEIR OWN SUPPLIES. I don't loan anything. I give them a list and send them to Joanns, Walmart or a similar affordable crafty shop. I think it demonstrates their appreciation. Or teaches appreciation maybe. I think someone is more likely to "stick-to-it" if THEY have an investment. I give of my time for free. I don't believe everything should be free. I also give them this knittinghelp.com website...so they can learn to help themselves when I am not available.
If I teach a grandchild:heart:: I GIVE THEM ALL THEIR SUPPLIES... that will belong to them if they decide they like knitting. (I give them an upfront "out clause"...I say "if you decide you like knitting, these items will belong to you") I only give them what they directly need: the needles, the crochet hook to pick up a dropped stitch, the yarn, and a knitting bag.
I successfully taught a 19 yr old college-bound granddaughter, who successfully finished a 3-color scarf! :cheering: Perfect stitches too!
I successfully taught an 8 yr old granddaughter, who is knitting a super chunky scarf! :cheering: No missing or lost stitches!
BOTH GRANDDAUGHTERS asked me to teach them. I was reluctant to teach the 8 yr old. We scheduled 4-2 hr lessons over two weeks. Not too much on any given day. I was amazed to hear from her mother that the first thing she would do each morning is practice her knitting!
KEEP IT SIMPLE and don't allow your student to learn too much too fast. Insist that they master each fundamental before progressing to the next. They don't know any better. We do. It is our responsiblity to help them [COLOR=red]master something[/COLOR] [COLOR=blue][COLOR=black]and [/COLOR]gain confidence[/COLOR] before moving on to something more difficult or complex. Even the progression from knit stitch to purl stitch can throw a newbie for a loop. It's that yarn-back-for-knit...yarn-forward-for-purl thing. And SEED STITCH! Just more agony of gained stitches IF they have not mastered the purl stitch like clockwork, like a mantra!