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 camoflauged 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. Here is an online knitting loom site to get you started.