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Can any of your children or grandchildren knit?

(53 Posts)
Daddima Fri 27-Dec-19 18:53:24

The sewing machine thread made me realise that neither of my granddaughters or indeed any of my sons/ grandsons can knit. In my day, knitting was taught in school ( albeit only to girls!), though my granny had already taught my cousin and me to knit.

Thingmajig Sat 28-Dec-19 10:46:13

My newly 6 year old DGD is desperate to learn how to knit but hasn't quite grasped it yet. My aged mother says to get thicker needles for her, so might try that next attempt.
Only trouble is that she doesn't want to make a boring scarf. Oh no, straight on to a cardigan for her!!! grin

MiniMoon Sat 28-Dec-19 11:58:56

I don't like knitting, although I was taught as a child. I tried to teach my daughter to both knit and crochet but failed miserably.
I did teach my granddaughter to crochet, but she asked and was really keen to learn. She crochets all sorts of things now.

Esspee Sat 28-Dec-19 13:15:03

The school my granddaughters attend in California teach knitting and sewing from about 6 years old. (both boys and girls). The eldest had already been taught to sew by me from about 3 years old and she impressed the teacher by nonchalantly threading the needle and tying a knot when they started.
Her father was taught to sew at secondary school here in Scotland. To my shame I had not thought to impart this very basic life skill and had always done it for him. Seeing him sew a button on with no suggestion that it was women’s work was a wake up call for me.
OH was in the military and is offended if I offer to do any sewing required.

grannyactivist Sat 28-Dec-19 15:02:33

This is one of my son's creations, I think it's crocheted rather than knitted though.

Witzend Sat 28-Dec-19 17:57:29

Dragonfly, I don’t think either of my dds really know how to sew on a button, either. Nor mend a hem, though I’ve tried to show them more than once.

And this despite at least a year of sewing lessons at senior school. Both dds loathed it, but I can’t see that they ever made anything useful, and I don’t recall them being taught any really useful basics, like buttons and hems. Why on earth not I can’t imagine.

My son in law stitches on his own buttons, or they would never get done. But then he’s the type who will tackle just about anything.

Cabbie21 Sat 28-Dec-19 18:31:13

I tried to teach both my daughter and my granddaughter to knit without success. I do all the sewing for her (mending and name tapes) . Today I commented that she and the children could learn to sew for themselves. Her response was to say that if she took up the challenge, then I must learn something new too.
I wonder what to learn?

Witzend Mon 03-Feb-20 15:56:18

My dd who never learned to knit (no patience!) thinks I ought to teach Gdd, but she’s still only 4, will be 5 in April, and I think it’s too young. I was thinking 6 at least. Anyone had any success with a younger one? I don’t mean anything fancy, just a few basic rows of ‘in, over, through, off’.

Davida1968 Mon 03-Feb-20 16:00:38

grannyactivist, I think that's superb zebra! Respect!

M0nica Mon 03-Feb-20 16:25:33

DD is a skilled knitter, crocheter, needlewoman and any other craft she cares to take up (envy, envy). She knits for herself and other members of the family. This year I got 2 pairs of fingerless gloves in my stocking and DDiL got a beautiful multi coloured sweater.

We have taught DGD to sew and she has made clothes for herself and was given a sewing machine one christmas. Her Year 7 teacher was very impressed. However we tried to teach her knitting but she was too impatient.

Craftycat Fri 01-May-20 13:04:27

Neither of my DGD can knit.
I am still getting over the experience of trying to teach my eldest DGD how to cross stitch! Admittedly she is a total nightmare as she never listens but I was a gibbering wreck at the end & she had only managed 3 stitches without me having to unpick them!
Her cousin will probably be easier to teach when the time comes- if I can put myself through it again.
I have taught 2 of my DGS to cook (quite challenging dishes too) with no problem at all.

Purplepixie Fri 01-May-20 16:44:28

All 4 of my grandkids can knit, all taught by me. Infact the youngest aged 10 has just finished a scarf ? during the lock down with her mam and sister. 3 of them can also do cross stitch and I think they are neater than me. One of them aged 12 wants to learn how to use the sewing machine. That's once this lock down has gone. I think all children should be taught some sort of craft.

littleflo Fri 01-May-20 18:50:10

My grandson and granddaughter do a bit of crochet when they come to me. They make chains and then we turn them into something else.

Witzend Fri 01-May-20 18:54:04

My Gdd1 had a First Knitting set for her recent 5th birthday and is very keen to try, but my dd hasn’t a clue! I’ve sent a little video and I know there’s YouTube, but I do wish I could be there to help her. ?
She also had a First Sewing set - items with ready-punched holes to sew up, and took to that straight away.

JuliaM Fri 01-May-20 20:40:49

My Mother and School both taught me to knit, although Mother could never realy get on with Crochet, which was taught to me at High school. I Taught all five of my Daughters as Children, but only one of them has carried the hobby on till now. None of them Crochet. Some of my Grandchildren can do simple knitting, but they do enjoy other needle crafts, mainly learned from Arts and Crafts lessons at primary school.

storynanny Fri 01-May-20 21:08:17

Can’t remember a time when I didn’t knit crochet and sew so I must have been quite young
My three sons were not interested and my grandchildren are still quite young
My eldest grandson showed interest and I started to teach him to knit but after a few days he lost interest! He was about 7 I think I wouldn’t start earlier than that

Westcoaster Fri 01-May-20 21:39:54

My daughter wasn't interested in knitting although was good at cross-stitch. 6 yr old DGD got a knitting set from someone at Christmas and by some miracle has actually learnt how to knit. Unfortunately her knitting is here and she isn't!

Callistemon Fri 01-May-20 22:38:20

None of my DC knit or crochet although I remember my mum teaching the older ones. I taught DGS to knit, he picked it up very quickly but then announced it was boring and would rather play outside.
The DGD don't knit; if we were all in lockdown together perhaps I could have taught them. DGD1 can sew a bit but isn't that interested.

DD1 is excellent at sewing, quilting etc.
I've only just learned to crochet.

Esspee Fri 01-May-20 22:46:03

The school my granddaughters attend in Los Angeles teaches knitting, weaving and sewing to boys and girls. The elder one surprised the teacher at age 5 by being very competent at simple sewing as her grandma had taught her ?

littleflo Sat 02-May-20 08:19:26

@Witzend, have you tried teaching her over face time. We bought a couple of games for us and the children that we play over the net. Although Grandad did get accused of cheating when he dropped the board

ninathenana Sat 02-May-20 09:20:29

I know lefties can learn to knit but I could never teach my daughter.
Odd thing is her friend taught her to crochet, which is something I have never learnt.

Witzend Sat 02-May-20 11:20:57

I have thought of it, thank you, @littleflo, but at only just 5 I would much rather be sitting next to her on the sofa.
My dd says she’s going to try to work it out, so she can help her, but since she’s also got a 3 3/4 year old human hurricane aka Gds, plus a young baby, I’m not holding my breath!

Barmeyoldbat Sat 02-May-20 11:32:13

Yes my adult GD can knit, just.... She was taught by a resident in a nursing home, unfortunately she couldn't remember how to cast off.

mcem Sat 02-May-20 12:25:06

Dd1 knits beautifully and found knitting very therapeutic during difficult pregnancies. Dd2 has recently gone back to crochet in lockdown!
Both currently seen as 'mindful' activities.

Gran Mum and I were all knitters from and early age. DGD is latest recruit and has grasped the basics.

Bossyrossy Sat 02-May-20 12:39:28

YouTube is great for learning to knit and for more advanced knitters it’s brilliant for interpreting knitting patterns. You can stop and start the video and watch over and over again until you’ve got it.

twinnytwin Sat 02-May-20 12:56:56

My eldest granddaughter (10) can knit - she has a club at school to learn. I bought her a sewing machine to use here as she watches me sew all the time. She's getting quite good now. The second (8) doesn't seem to be interested yet. Their Mum hasn't a clue about sewing or knitting, but can bake like a professional.