My grandson learned to knit today!

He’s planning to knit something for his mom’s birthday. He doesn’t know how to purl yet and I ended up doing the cast on for his mom’s present, which will be a coaster to go under her coffee cup, so it’ll be garter stitch.

He’s 12 and has Asperger’s. His mom got a call that he needed to be picked up from school. I’m closer and could get there faster so she called me and he ended up spending the afternoon. He needed to calm down and I just had him sit in front of me and showed him how and he was doing knit stitches very quickly. I was amazed. He took home 2 sets of acrylic needles from my interchangeable sampler sets and 2 cables, a key and a piece of grippy shelf liner, some straight sz. 10 plastic straight needles that he was using, the yarn he was learning with and yarn for the coaster. He likes it. I think it will be a calming thing for him to do, he got into the rhythm of it so quickly. I showed him Sheldon’s post with the cardi-gan photo to show him that men do knit. Thanks, Sheldon! I know other men post photos but Sheldon’s was the one I remembered how to find.

If he keeps knitting I think it will help him a lot and he’ll have the satisfaction of having made something.

Great news, GG! Thanks for sharing.

Perhaps you can get his permission to post a pic of a finished object when the time comes. You know we’ll lavish praise on whatever he does, and that may help boost his confidence some.

The hardest part was telling him that he probably won’t want to tell the kids at school that he’s knitting. They’d tease him and teasing was part of the problem today. Sheldon’s photo was a godsend! I really think knitting can be a useful tool for him, it will work with his OCD tendencies w/o being something that is detrimental. Thanks for the caring comment.

Next time you get the chance, you should show him the pictures of Mojo’s chickens. That will probably amuse him–and possibly inspire him, too.

So glad your attempt to teach him knitting worked out like it did. Of course, it could have gone either way, and having it go positively is just super!! Who wouldn’t like getting to teach a very special someone a very special craft?!

Chickens by mojo! Great idea. I didn’t recall them. I think he’ll like them. Thanks!

I wasn’t really sure how he felt about having knitting more or less imposed on him today, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. I then heard him on the phone with his mom when he told her he learned to knit and the pride in his voice was obvious. He came back to work on it some more and didn’t mind that the needles I gave him were pink. :slight_smile: He made sure he took his knitting bag with him. All I had for him to use was a plastic bag from the store but his needles and things went into an old check box I’d saved. I know it was an old box, I’ve not had new checks in over 4 yrs!

That’s wonderful, GG! I hope he keeps it up!

Knitting is wonderfully calming and therapeutic and it can be a great outlet for artistry and imagination. I hope your grandson continues to enjoy learning and knitting. It can be so absorbing and such a confidence booster. Good thinking, GG!

Sounds like both of you enjoyed a grandma and grandson moment. Hope he keeps it up. Would love to see whatever he makes for his mom.
I hope to someday teach my grandson to knit as well. He’s only 21/2 so it will be a few years before he’ll be ready. My daughter is very crafty/creative so I know she’ll encourage whatever he wants to do craft wise as he gets older. My son in law isn’t the kind of guy to stand in the way either, so here’s hoping he’ll want to learn.

I hope your GS wants to learn to knit, I think it’s a good thing for people to know how to do. It can be very therapeutic. I remember hearing about football players doing needlepoint or something like that. We’re lucky that our SILs don’t object, some dads would. So far I’ve heard nothing about my SIL not liking the idea, I don’t think it’s likely to be an issue. Anything the little guy likes to do and gets him away from electronic screens is generally encouraged. My DD thinks it’s great. We both think that once he’s gotten good at it, he’ll find it relaxing…unless he gets so hung up on perfection right away that he quits. I really hope that won’t be the case. And, yes, it was a good experience for both of us. I’m so glad I finally learned to knit English, that’s the way he chose to do it and I can’t imagine teaching him to hold the yarn in his left hand. He might learn both ways, who knows?

Hi Grumpy - what wonderful news. Let’s hope he becomes as great a knitter as you or Kaffe Fassett.

My expectation is that if he decides to keep knitting he will soon surpass me. I’ll have to find some of your photos to show him.

That was an inspired bit of thinking there on your part GG! :thumbsup: I hope he continues to find enjoyment and calm with his knitting.

It’s also a good thing for small motor control, eye hand coordination and patience. :thumbsup: Let us know how he does as he goes along. :hug:

I just got updated. He’s just now shown his mom his needles and yarn and says he forgot how. He might look at videos or wait until I can help him again. Apparently he is still interested. When he sees my Fair Isle checked bag I’m making I think he’s going to want to learn to do something like that too.

Good for him. Brooklyn Tweed has a great site for him to take a look at. He is a great designer and a really nice person. I took a class from him in New Haven a few years ago and really enjoyed it.


I bet he would really like spinning with a spindle. He could make his own or buy one-they are not expensive.

I have to see about doing some spinning myself. Maybe this summer GS and I can explore it together. Thanks for the great idea, Jeremy.

Three cheers for Grandma’s!! I learn from mine and haven’t every looked back. Keep up the positive encouragement. Kids are soooo cruel these days…it should be a proud moment! I hope he will continue. We look forward to see pictures of his work…here1:yay:

OGG: I look forward to seeing him maybe tomorrow and find out for sure what his interest in knitting really is. I told him he has to give back the needles and yarn if he doesn’t go ahead and use them, maybe that will help him want to use them. I’m hoping anyhow.

That’s the one I posted about to you a few minutes ago, Sheldon’s card-igans! I need some instructions on helping a left-hander learn to knit & crochet.
BJ :slight_smile: