I’ve never really got to grips with knitting – just the odd (very) scarf, a jumper that I abandoned and numerous blanket squares for charitable causes over the years. And, rather than making me feel relaxed, something my mum used to say about knitting, I always ended up having tense shoulders from trying to go fast, so I was interested to see these listed in the “Ten Great Things About Knitting’ at the front of the book:
#2 Feel Good, #3 Relax, #7 Cheer You Up – failure on my part with those.
What about the others? #1You Can Make Stuff – sort of; #4 Improve Your Maths – yes possibly; #5 No Screens – absolutely! #6 Banish Boredom – perhaps for a short time #8Make Friends – I definitely never joined a class; #9 Start a Movement – I was never sufficiently proficient to be enthusiastic to teach anybody else #10 Gifts From the Heart – yes hurrah!
However a book such as this with its upbeat, encouraging tenor and emphasis on creativity might well have made all the difference.
After talking about the basics: what you need, needle sizes and yarn selection, comes the part I really love that starts with ‘Get Creative’ …
and there’s a lovely traditional rhyme, (new to this reviewer, certainly in a knitting context) “In through the door / Once round the back / Peep through the window / Off jumps Jack.” And an invitation to young users to invent their own version with the key words ‘in, round, through off’.
There are tutorials on the basic stitches, casting on and off. Then comes “Sewing On’ bits and pieces so that you can make cute creatures such as Frog,
monster hand puppets, a sweet tufty owlet (its instructions come with an owl joke).
Things step up a level then as readers learn about colour changing; that results in patterned items including a rose, bunting, a cup cuddler and beanbags.
After this section of tutorials you might be sufficiently proficient to start on the “Star Knitter Tutorials’. Herein you can find out how to make your very own stylish beanie,
a funky field mouse and several, a ladybird, a crown or even a cactus.
The book concludes with information about the origin of different yarns and being a responsible kids knitter, a bit of history and some useful templates.
There’s a wealth of photographs to provide further inspiration should you need it and the children shown with their creations look really proud of what they’ve made.
With the shorter days and less time to be outside, this is the ideal Kids Knit time.