I’ve tried a few times to write up the poem that my son and I made to teach him knitting but couldn’t come up with it.
Then yesterday my daughter had a friend over who was fascinated with my knitting and pestered me to teach her. She did learn fairly quickly (6 1/2 years old). Naturally her tension is the pits, but she knitted 6 rows beside me over 20 sts.
But in teaching her I managed to remember how I taught my son (somewhat).
So first, I do teach them English/Throw. It seems easier to do BUT I show them that I knit continental/pick method.
We started off with the child sitting on my lap. Naturally you have to consider something else if you are in a situation where this is not okay!
I knitted a few rows with her hands on the needles in Continental. So that she could ‘see’ the stitches being formed.
Then we switched to English with her holding the needles.
The sts on the left needle are described as a row of houses. We always are interested in the house on end of the street! Put your finger on the roof of the house!
Every house has a front door and a back door. Always go in the front door “ON the Neighbour’s side of the house!”
At this point I am wrapping the yarn, but I say, “run around behind the tree in the backyard and take the rope with you!”
Pop the rope out the front door. Put your finger on the new rope, and slip off the old house!
We then knitted with me throwing for about 20 sts. For the young guest to get the rhythm of garter sts.
Then I shifted her over to the sofa beside me and grabbed a set of needles and stitching and showed her how to ‘drop’ the right needle for now so that she could wrap the tree in the back yard.
We used merchanized worsted weight cotton on size 5.5 mm needles!
Her typical problem and my son’s problem too is to remember to slip off the old sts!