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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2007 06:05:00 PM »

Thanks girls!!! I will try the finger crochet thing I think she can get this and then move on from there. Smiley

She gets so upset when she cannot get something right away. I guess I passed this onto her. For some reason crochet came really easy to me but knitting is something diffrent. I have thrown the needles and the yarn across the room, stabbed the yarn with the needle, ripped at the yarn like a wild animal all because it would not do like the book showed. I think I might be able to cast on now!!! Smiley

I remeber doing the finger croceht thing but did not until you girls said something about it. Man that was years ago.


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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2007 06:28:36 PM »

finger crochet sounds pretty easy. i know just the kid to teach it too.  Wink  thanks!

« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2007 06:35:19 PM »

i learned at 5 and also made tons of chains.  i'd just go back and forth and back and forth until i'd run out of yarn. then my mom would pick up a different color of cheap yarn for $2 and keep me entertained for another week.

« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2007 06:45:01 PM »

I've done finger crocheting with my preschool class(ages 3 all the way up to 6(kindergarten half day kids) and they've always been very sucessful!  It's a great fine motor skill activity, especially for those that need a little... boost?  I give them light colored chunky yarn at first, it's easier that way.  Plus, I get to crochet while I work; bonus for everyone!
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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2007 07:49:35 PM »

My son is four and wants to learn how to knit.  I don't think he's ready yet, but I do tie a little slip knot onto my size Q crochet hook and let him play with it.   Smiley

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« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2007 12:58:57 AM »

We homeschool and I require my kids to learn handcrafts.

I taught my 9yo (10 in a couple of weeks), how to crochet last summer. He made a few projects with a good attitude, but not much enthusiasm. Then he realized amigurumi was crochet. He is now a very enthusiastic crocheting fool. He prefers Japanese charted patterns and is always bugging me about when I am going to order more books. Since he cannot find a cow pattern that he likes, he has asked me to help him design his own Smiley He just finished a fish, and started an octopus today.

I recently bought my 5yo son a knifty knitter set. He picked it up very quickly. He can crochet a chain with a hook, but he has trouble with it. Since he can sit the knitting loom down on a desk while he manipulates the yarn it is much easier for him to coordinate. I taught him to make finger chains when he was 3, but he is not satisfied with "just a chain" now. He wants to make real projects like hats and stuffed kitties. I think the knifty knitter is a good gateway skill to both knitting and crochet.

My husband wants to learn to crochet now, but he is a much more difficult student than our sons.

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« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2007 09:42:21 AM »

My son is not even two yet, and he already wants to learn crochet. Little theif-y steals my projects when I set them down and tries to work the hook. When he's especially persistant, I set him up with a half finished afghan (all loose ends tied off), a long hank of yarn, and a large hook. He can't figure out how to make it work yet, but he likes to try.

Maybe in a few more months we'll sit down and get into the business of really learning this thing. Right now, he doesn't have the patience to listen to Mommy teach. Smiley

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« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2007 10:36:01 AM »

I am trying to teach my daughters to knit and crochet whilst I learn all at the same time! LMAO Cheesy I might go n check out the knifty knitter as suggested. Cheesy Are these available in craft stores? I like requiring my girls to do one medium handwork/craft per week. Cheesy I think it brings out their creativity and shuts off the want of the tv Grin LOL Smiley They are 5 & 7 and already use the sewing machine almost daily! Cheesy My seven year old wants to make her first shirt.... I am debating it Grin lol Smiley I am also trying to teach them more 'old fashioned' things Cheesy Such as canning, gardening, knitting, crocheting and anything else I can think of Cheesy I DON'T MEAN TO OFFEND ANYONE BY CALLING IT 'OLD FASHIONED' LOL Cheesy But that is how my mom looked at it Embarrassed I hate that I grew up not knowing any of this  Undecided But you live and you learn, and I already have a mounding list growing of things that they absolutely must know! Cheesy

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« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2007 11:45:06 AM »

Walmart and Joanns here both carry the knifty Knitter. There are no other crafty places her, so I do not know about places like Michaels. My LYS has wooden looms that are similar, but available in a wider range of sizes.

Here is my little guy starting a project on his. I crocheted the sweater he is wearing:)


« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2007 12:22:31 PM »

Hi - I have definately seen the knifty knitter at Michael's.  It is on Sale sometimes too!   Smiley
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