Tuesday, July 16, 2013
SFC #6 Hand Knitting
I just about died from swooning. I learned to knit when I was about 10; I never got very good but I can follow a basic pattern, and I loved it (when I had time.) The thought of teaching children very young how to do this sounded so right to me, I didn't need the justifications that often must accompany alternative education choices. Here is a nice article about handwork in the Waldorf curriculum.
So I came home knowing I don't know enough about any homeschool approach to do it properly, but I know a little about a lot of things, so that's how we'll roll. I definitely put knitting on my list of things to include.
Then I remembered I'm an awkward knitter. Somewhere along the way I adapted what I'd learned into a strange and inefficient style, and never knew it until my speed-Euro-knitter friend Kat pointed it out about 12 years ago. I don't want to teach my kids a stupid way to knit!
So I did a quickie internet search on teaching knitting, and what I came across was even better - knitting progression! Maggie's Rags suggested, first teach hand knitting, then loom/toddy knitting, then needles. (Waldorf even has kids make their own needles! Love that.) Never heard of hand knitting, but nothing a quick YouTube search can't fix. I made this green sample in a few minutes on Sunday:
Then Monday, for Summer Fun Club, we were off to the races. A few minutes of instruction, a few more minutes of getting the hang, and voila, independent hand knitters.