It makes me giggle to even entertain the notion that I can answer a knitting question with any degree of knowledge whatsoever. I’m pretty new at knitting, having only just recently passed the knit 2 rows, frog 2 rows (“rip it, rip it”) stage. But after yesterday’s post, someone asked this:
What age is best to start knitting?
The easy answer that you already know is coming is: “That depends on the child.” Our knitting instructor takes children who are 8 years old into her classes. She thinks they have a bit more dexterity beyond that age. And as we who remember our first days of knitting know, knitting certainly takes dexterity.
I do have a suggestion for you if your young ones – or even you – are not yet ready to try real knitting.
Our littlest ones, ages 7 and 4, so desperately wanted to knit along with our 10yo (the ballerina) and I. I guess we made it look like great fun. As we knit by the fire one evening, our 4yo daughter said, “Are you doing knitting class? Can I do knitting class, too?” It is never just “knitting” to her; it is always “knitting class”.
Our 7yo son came up with something that terrifies me: he wants to learn to knit for the sole reason that he needs a net to catch a squirrel. And, yes, he plans on me (not Daddy?!) joining him on his squirrel hunt, along with his 6yo friend and his mama. He says, “I’m sure there will be a porch and you moms can just talk.”
Oh, yes. A porch in the woods. One conveniently situated for knitting mothers of squirrel-catching sons.
Assuming that 4yo and 7yo hands might have a hard time handling knitting needles since my 30-something hands did, I bought the littles a couple of knitting looms. They are now happily knitting a pink cotton hat (her) and a camouflaged wool squirrel net (him).
So, my answer is that you might want to try your little one on a loom first. There are many to choose from, as they’ve become quite popular. Also available are more patterns than you’d ever be able to finish.