My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Kids’ Knitting

Check this out:


This is Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! by Susan B. Anderson. As I’m sure you can guess from the title, this is a book for teaching kids how to knit.

If you’ve been knitting for any time at all, you likely recognize Susan’s name. She is a well-known knitting teacher and prolific designer, known for her patterns for adorable toys, shawls, hats, and other accessories. I met her a few years ago at the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling and can attest to the fact that she is utterly charming in person. Everyone I talked to who took a class from her there raved about how wonderful it was. Sadly, I was unable to take her class as I was teaching too.


Susan has come out with this great book for teaching kids how to knit. First thing I noticed is that it is spiral-bound, which is a plus. It is very difficult to learn from a book if you can’t keep the book open and flat.

The book is recommended for ages 8 — 12. It contains step-by-step illustrated tutorials for all the basics, starting with a discussion of materials you need and explanations for how to read a pattern. Then it moves into the basics of knitting: casting on, working in the round, knitting, decreasing, binding off, etc. Included in the chapter on basics are several easy patterns, including this wee hat that Susan recommends as a good first project:


It is worked in the round in bulky yarn, so it is a quick immediate gratification project.

The next chapter addresses intermediate skills, including the purl stitch and carrying colors for stripes. and there are several stripey projects in the chapter, including this Tablet/Journal Pocket:


It incorporates both stripes and purl stitches, so new skills can be practiced.

The “advanced” chapter teaches skills including increasing, cabling, and yarnovers. My favorite project from tis chapter is this:


Puppy & Bunny Hand Puppets. How cute are those?

The last chapter is all about fixing your mistakes — crucial to keep kids frustration levels low and keep them moving forward.

The book is written in an easy accessible style, and there are lots of illustrations and photos. And of course, the projects are adorable. You can see all the projects here on Ravelry.

Do you have a child or children you want to teach to knit? Want to win my review copy of this great book?

To be entered in the drawing for my review copy of Kids’ Knitting Workshop: The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! by Susan B. Andersonplease leave a comment on this blog post telling me how old you were when you learned to knit (if you were an adult, you don’t have to divulge your age, just say adult! 🙂 ) and who taught you, by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, January 24, 2016. The random number generator will select a winner at that time.

Meanwhile, I am happily knitting along on my Emiliana shawl.


And Loki is still floofy.



  1. My father taught me how to knit when I was four. He didn’t teach me how to purl, and I don’t think he remembered how. I learnt that from a book.
    He learned from his grandmother, who said boys might take a job away from home and live alone for a few years before they married, so they needed to know how to sew on a button, repair a hem and turn a cuff. My father enjoyed it so she taught him how to knit, crochet and tat as well. My mother didn’t do any needlework.

  2. I was eight years old when my Mother taught me to knit, but I didn’t consistently knit until about ten years ago, when I became a “senior”. My granddaughters are old enough and I have worked with them a little, but this book sounds like a great option to help them, and I know how wonderful Susan Anderson’s patterns are!

  3. I remember learning to knit on my grandmother’s lap when I was four. My hands were too small to hold both needles, so she held the left one and I held the right. The night before her visit ended, she stayed up into the wee hours, so that I would have a finished project at the end. My 10 year old has the basics of knitting, but could use this book for some great beginner projects and for the next steps after the initial knit stitch.

  4. Liz Phillips says:

    My mum taught me to knit when I was five and when I was eight I knitted a fisherman’s rib jumper for my brother

  5. I wish I had these great memories of knitting from childhood. I learned as an adult!

  6. I was about 6 when my grandmother taught me to knit. I was a very busy little girl and she needed to find something to keep me sitting in one spot for a while. My swatch grew and grew in width until I figured out how to only knit into stitches and not the strands between them. I then made doll scarves and blankets.
    Geri´s last blog post ..Arrow Caterpillar

  7. I learned to knit using that Lion Brand Learn to Knit book about 15 years ago. What’s funny is that my two friends I all learned at about the same time unbeknownst to each other! Now I’m teaching my almost 8-year old to knit, so I’ll have to check out this book.

  8. I learned to knit when I was 8. My mum and my grandmas were crafters, so there were opportunities to play with sticks and string all around me.

    I love Susan’s roll-brim hat pattern and knit it for new babies all the time. Kids Knitting Workshop looks like great fun. Knitting something small in the round is a great way to start off a new knitter.

    Loki is looking adorable as always.

  9. I learned to knit when I was thirty years old by using a book from the library called Kids Knit. I think it was by Melissa Leapman and it was a book, like this one, meant to teach kids to knit. I had picked it up when I took my kids to the library and pretended that I was getting it for them. But I picked up some yarn and needles at Walmart before we went home that day and taught myself to knit. It was slow and painful, but I did it!

  10. When I was a very young adult, my aunt taught me to knit. I did a few projects over a few years and then dropped knitting for a long time. Then the bright colors of some sock yarn caught my eye. Using Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks, I did make my first pair. Since then I’ve gone on to more socks, shawls, sweaters, and hats.

    My adorable 8 year old goddaughters are just beginning to want to knit. This book would be the perfect thing to teach them.

    Hugs to the fluff-ball.

  11. I learned as an adult with a book and YouTube. I started with a knitting for baby book because all my friends were having babies and I thought the smaller projects would make it easier to follow through.

  12. I learned to knit as a kid – not sure of exactly when. I finally learned to purl though in college. : )

    I also don’t remember who taught me to knit as my mother knits continental as she learned from her German mother and I throw.

  13. I know I learned to knit as a child, but don’t have any memories of it. My mother would have taught me, as she did a lot of crafting and was a tireless troop leader for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Girls over the years. When I was a college student on a study abroad program in Sweden, I started knitting again. I learned to knit continental style there and do remember thinking, “this is so much easier.” I’m guessing my mom taught me English style.

  14. I have a grand daughter just the right age who would love the projects listed! Thanks.
    DelightedHands´s last blog post ..The Eternal Edging

  15. I was 8 years old when my grandmother gave me a book and told me to teach myself to knit. I did. No 50 years later — still knitting.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..End of the Year

  16. I learned as an adult on vacation in New Orleans!

  17. I taught myself how to knit from a book when I was in college, almost 15 years ago. Now my older sister and her oldest daughter are learning how to knit!

  18. Mary Nagle says:

    My college roommate taught me how to knit. Now I have two grandkids who want to learn. What a lovely book for getting them started.

  19. My daughter taught me how to knit when she joined a knitting club in middle school. A friend had tried to teach me a few years earlier but it didn’t “take.” The second time around, and with the help of my daughter I took off! I would love to be able to teach my niece (7 years old) and even some adults who have expressed an interest.

  20. I learned from my mother when I was about 8. I remember my mother knitting argyle socks for my father when I was 4. After teaching me how to knit and purl she never knit again.

  21. Janet White says:

    I was a teenager in home economics class. Had to knit a pair of slippers. I had no desire to knit, and procrastinated as only a sixteen year old can. The night before the project was due, my mom ripped the needles out of my hands and finished the second one in record time. I won an award for “most improved”. She has never let me forget about it. Fast forward 25 years, and I’m trying to stop smoking. Mom handed me a pair of knitting needles and a ball of cotton yarn. I still don’t smoke, but my yarn budget is on par with the cost of a year’s cigarettes. Money much better spent.

  22. I don’t remember how old I was when my grandmother taught me to knit; probably 10, give or take a year. I asked her, but she doesn’t remember either, and at age 101, I guess she’s allowed to forget!
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..A Bunny and Some Flowers

  23. I was 9 when my grandmother taught me how to knit. She could do it all; knit, crochet, embroider, do crewel. She gave me the love for all of those but knitting is my favorite. I’d love to teach my granddaughter to knit now. Thanks!

  24. I taught myself, as an adult, in my early twenties. I learned to crochet as a young child
    , though. I’d love, love, love to get this book though to help teach my daughter. She is 9 and can’t quite get the hang of it.

  25. I was about 7 or 8 years old when I first learned how to knit. My Aunt Marcie taught me and gave me my first set of needles – size 10, plastic turquoise straight needles that I still have! I have taught my nieces how to begin knitting with those needles. My first project was a pair of knitted slippers and I still have the hand written pattern she gave me. Love the blog and the pics of Loki…what a handsome boy!

  26. I was an adult and learned from books. I would love to get this book for my daughter. 🙂
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Green Lovebot – WIP

  27. My maternal grandmother taught me to knit when I was 8 or 9, the same summer my paternal grandmother taught me to crochet. However, I took it up again in 1991, mostly self-taught for anything other than basic knit or single crochet stitches.

  28. I learned to knit and crochet when I was around 13 from a lovely magazine called Golden Hands. It was a great magazine with all kinds of crafts which came out once a week for 75 editions. I still have them, many years later. They were British, though, so I learned a whole different crochet terminology which causes me confusion to this day!

  29. I learned almost six years ago while pregnant with my daughter. She’s picked up weaving really well but knitting is still a struggle (she is only 5) so this would be a great resource for both of us. Thanks!

  30. I taught myself from a book as an adult in my 20s.

  31. My mother and older sister taught me to knit. I think I was 10 years old. However, they did not teach me how to purl. I do remember, almost 60 years ago, one of them telling me that purling was easy. “It’s backwards knitting.” But they never showed me how to do it and so I never learned how to purl until I got to college.
    I do remember that my first project was a blanket for a doll. It was full of wholes and very uneven tension.

  32. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was about 7 or 8. My granddaughter just turned 7, and wants to learn to knit. I really am looking forward to teaching her. This book will be a great resource for helping a child learn to knit. I really want this book! Thanks, Wendy!

  33. oh man. ADULT, lol. I learned last year, between my local yarn shop and one particular lady on YouTube–Chandi from Expression Fiber Arts

  34. Have grandchildren and would love to have the book.

  35. Linda G Howell says:

    I taught myself to knit as an adult. This book would be perfect for my best friend who teaches at a Monressori School and also teaches knitting to the students

  36. Sandra Kerr says:

    I would love love love this book. My 9 year old nephew is trying to learn how to knit and this would be great for helping him.

  37. Susan Picciano says:

    What a great idea. Have been teaching 2 of my grandsons. This book would be a great gift for some of the others.

  38. I learned as an adult. My friend, Debbie, taught me how to knit dishcloths, and I’ve progressed to other things. I just love knitting!

  39. Amy Schulze says:

    I’d love to teach the kids at school how to knit. Some bring their projects to show me. I love that! This book may be the trick to start that knitting club that I’ve been thinking about.

  40. Jennifer T says:

    I was an adult when I was taught to knit by a wonderful woman in my small town. She had volunteered to teach a beginning knitting class, but when I was the only one who signed up, she gave me several private lessons instead.

  41. Stephanie H. says:

    I learned to to knit as an adult. I was inspired to pick up a pair of needles after watching my mother teach herself to knit from a knit for dummies book; she was bed ridden after recovering from a foot operation.

  42. I learned to knit when I was about 5 or 6…my mother taught me the basics, but once I learned to knit and purl, the extra added attractions I learned on my own. It’s a skill that has served me well up til now, and I am 74 yrs old now! I used to do lots of other crafts, but with the arthritis getting a better and better hold on me, I’m very luck to be able to continue my knitting…It keeps me out of trouble!

    Love seeing your projects…and love seeing photos of Loki. 🙂


  43. Seven. My aunt taught me! However, being left handed my technique was ugly. I taught myself the continental method when I was 26.

  44. I would so love this book to teach my granddaughter. Thank you for offering it.

  45. I was taught to knit when in the 4th grade. A classmate’s mother was an expert knitter and had a knitting shop. I was enthralled when I would go there, and and my friend’s Mom recognized my enthusiastic interest. She started teaching me and helped me make many items. She even helped me knit a sweater for my mother! That was so-o-o special! It was so
    fascinating and gobs of fun! I am forever grateful to her for taking an interest in me.
    Thanks for offering your give-aways, and always love seeing Floofiness!! My 2 Kitties are missing their time to sleep under the Christmas tree, now that it is taken down!
    Thank you Wendy!

  46. My grandma taught me to knit when I was 4 or 5 years old and the first thing I made was a long scarf out of scratchy yarn with very uneven edges – it’s a wonder I made anything else considering how itchy yarn was back then! I work at a residential treatment facility for teenage boys and am glad to hear there’s a book that can help me teach them. The boys who’ve learned so far feel a great sense of accomplishment and find knitting as relaxing as meditation.

  47. I was 5 when my Aunt Dorothy taught me to knit. I remember making many squares and finally socks and shawls and a poncho. I’ve knitted thru the years and love socks and scarves the best till I had a grandchild and now I knit a lot of toys. I can’t wait for her to learn to knit.

  48. I can’t remember when I learned but by the time I had knitting in 5th grade at a Quaker school I already knew how. I love to teach kids and this book would be wonderful to use.

  49. Peggy aka PickleSoup on Rav says:

    I learned when I was in high school. I asked Mom to teach me, knowing she had knit part of a sweater 25 years before. She told me I was smart enough to figure it out myself- because she couldn’t figure it out when she was newly married- Dad deciphered the drawings/directions and showed her. I was frustrated, but empowered. Since I already crocheted, I did just figure it out myself. 🙂 And haven’t quit yet!

  50. I was an adult when I learned to knit. But knitting attracts interest from all the children I know so I teach a lot. Which is sad because I know so little! This book amazes me, I can learn right along with the kids!

  51. I learned to knit in my 20’s We had a local sporting goods store operated by Mr and Mrs Cook. Mrs Cook had a corner of the store dedicated to needlework. I started with crewel work, then bought the ” I can’t believe I’m knitting” book. Mrs Cook showed me the stitches and translated instructions for me, she also helped me fix my many mistakes. I have been knitting ever since. 30+years. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book I would really like to be a Mrs Cook for someone.

  52. My Mom was a prolific knitter and when I was 5 and 6 I would go with her to her weekly knitting group and was fascinated by all those clicking needles. She thought me basic knitting at that time and my grandmother taught me to crochet. Wish my Mon was alive now to help me when I have a knitting problem!

  53. I learned as an adult, first from my sister-in-law, who showed me the stitches in person (though I could never get the hang of it), and finally and successfully from Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Hats book. I’m a big fan of her books and really look forward to owning this one eventually.

  54. Peggy connolly says:

    I was about 10 when my mom taught me to knit. I’ve advanced a lot since then. I took 3 of susan b anderson’s classes at vogue knitting live and her teaching style is fabulous.

  55. Mrs. Anchor taught me when I was 10. I began teaching my daughter when she was five. 🙂

  56. Jeanie Babbage says:

    I taught myself from a book when I was 9. I also taught myself to crochet I now have two grandchildren and I hope to be able to teach the to knit and crochet.

  57. I was am adult taught by my college freshman daughter. “Mom, all the girls in my dorm are doing this. I will teach you. We will start with a simple 10 stitch/10 row repeat lace pattern. You can do this!”

    And after much struggle, I did. And now, some 10 years later, knitting is one of my greatest joys.

    Can’t wait to share it with grandchildren.

  58. Jean Palionis says:

    What a clever book…how to teach children. I think it would be good to teach anyone since the projects are smaller and one would see the progress of their knitting talents developing more quickly. Please count me in.

  59. Sharen Warren says:

    I was 10 years old when I learned to knit. My 4th grads teacher helped, but mostly I learned from a 1940’s Coats & Clark needlework booklet I found at home. My first project was a potholder!
    I would love to teach my granddaughters to knit and this book is just what I need.

  60. Nursenikkiknits says:

    I was most certainly an adult when I learned to knit but I now have a six year old daughter who is desperate to learn. This book would be perfect!

  61. My mother taught me to knit when I was young. Neither of us remember my exact age, but it was before I was five years old. I would love this book so I can continue teaching my grand-nieces how to knit.

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  63. I think I was about 8 when I learned to knit. I have no memory of learning though. I haven’t stopped knitting since!

  64. I was 4 or 5 when my mother taught me. I still played with dolls, which ended when I went to school.

  65. I was 11 year old and my best friend’s mom taught me. I didn’t pick it up seriously until I was an adult, but I’m forever grateful to Mrs. A. for setting me on the knitting path!

  66. I taught myself to knit 8 years ago, and since then, I have been lucky enough to take knitting classes from top knitting teachers which helped advance my knowledge of this craft I love so much. Since learning to knit, I have become a grandmother and my oldest granddaughter will turn 8 in February. I would love to win this book and gift her yarn and needles and together help her knit some of the projects in this book! Would love to get her started. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Mariaeb on Ravelry´s last blog post ..XL Zippered Project Bliss Bag by MariaElenaBliss

  67. I learned about 2 years ago mostly by you tube and the craftsy website. I have a niece who is dying to learn!

  68. Julie Sall says:

    I learned to knit as a child although it was self taught because my mother was right handed and had no idea how to teach my left handed self! I am moving to India in a month and want to teach local kids how to knit and this seems like the perfect book to use to teach them! thanks.

  69. I took lessons at a yarn shop about 14 years ago. I loved knitting in that environment, as I got to know everyone who worked there, and eventually they all took me under their wing and gave free knitting advice. Now I’ve taught my daughter (11) to knit, and my son (8) just asked to start knitting. He has the knit stitch down, and this book would be great to get him to the next level!

  70. I have a 10 yr old granddaughter who is the only one of 4 interested in any form of hand work. This sound perfect for her.

  71. I was about 7 when I started to be interested in knitting. My Mom had a friend who made the most amazing argyle socks and watching her knit with all the bobbles hanging was like magic to me. Both my Mom and her friend helped me. I am now retired an an avid knitter with a 5 year old grand daughter who always wants me to bring extra needles and yarn for her to “knit” with.
    This book would be perfect for her to get started.

  72. Linda Beyer says:

    My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was around six years old. She did all kinds of needlework and taught her granddaughters. Each on us kept up with our favorite, I knit, I have one cousin that crochets, another that quilts and one that cross-stitches. I have three granddaughters and the oldest loves to watch me knit and at four has done the knit stitch a couple of times. Would love the book, so I can pass on grandma’s skills.

  73. My college roomie taught me to knit, for which I am forever grateful! And while I am a crocheter as well (my mother taught me that), most days you will find me knitting! I would love to win this copy of Susan B. Anderson’s book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  74. Charlotte says:

    My grandmother taught me to sew, crochet, knit, & embroider tiny clothes for my Tiny Tears doll beginning when I was 8.
    I volunteer to teach 8th graders. boys & girls, every spring how to knit a square as part of their Homesteaders program.

  75. I learned to knit from my Aunt Roxi when I was around 7. She has been gone for well over 30 years, but I always feel a special connection to her when I knit. My granddaughter (age 7) is in the process of learning to knit. This book would be a wonderful help to her!
    Denise Bein Kroll´s last blog post ..This Just in!

  76. I taught myself to knit in Junior High – about 50 years ago! A friend and I wanted to learn so we found a book in the library and began. I knit off and on as a grown-up but picked it up again seriously after my first grandchild. My sister gave me a Debbie Bliss baby book with some of her Cashmerino yarn. Since then I’ve always had at least 3 things on the needles…

  77. I learned to knit when I was eight at CGIT’s and Brownies. I still have the pattern book some @#$ years later. I am amazed at what I knit- a lace baby outfit. Boogles the mind. I teach Middle School knitting (Grades 7 and 8) and would love a copy of this book. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  78. Adult, self taught. Wish I had a book like this when I started. This will be a great gift for my grandniece who is 8.

  79. My babysitter taught me to knit when I was five, with blue wool yarn and red needles.

  80. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    My mother taught the 3 girls in my family the summer I was 10 but I didn’t actual begin knitting until 40 years later after I retired. My sister and I took a felted purse class for a refresher course. It all came back to me. I have knitted every day since then.

  81. I learned as an adult, I took a class at a yarn shop where I live. This book would be so helpful for teaching my own kids and they’re friends how to knit.

  82. Alexandra Woods says:

    Susan is amazing, have loved her books and designs for years. Would love to teach my granddaughters from this. Thanks Alex

  83. Phyllis Holder says:

    I was a young adult when I got a “Learn to Knit” booklet. Very good for me. Now I have great grand children to teach.

  84. Like many other people I was taught to knit by my Granny, however my granddaughter (Little Miss Independence) would love this book :>)

  85. I learned as an adult through an “adult education” class in my early 20s, but i didn’t really get started until 10 years ago.

    My kids know how to knit but choose not to; luckily, my next door neighbor’s daughter wants to learn – this book would be perfect for her.

  86. I don’t know when I learnt to knit but I seem to have been knitting my whole life so when I was young!

  87. My Mum taught me to knit when I was about 7 or 8 I think. I still have the garter stitch scarf I made for my teddy using different weights of yellow and green yarn!
    josiekitten´s last blog post ..Happy Things

  88. Adult – just taught myself this year (2016). Would love to help my teenager daughter learn, also.

  89. I was 16 and my best friend’s mother taught us both to knit. My very first project (don’t even remember swatching….just jumped right in) was a purple cabled sweater. Never did finish it so guess you could say I made a swatch…a very large one – but the cables were pretty. Wish I had the yarn today. I’m teaching my 7-year old granddaughter to knit but by the time I get back there (me=AZ, her=CT), she’s forgotten what I taught her the trip before and we start all over again. But that’s okay. We sit together, relearn and she brings me up to date on school, Girl Scouts, etc. Love it.

  90. I learned to knit, poorly, as a teenager. Then I gave it up and crocheted for many, many years.

    Later, as an adult, I taught myself to knit continental-style, and fell in love with the craft. 🙂

  91. I was 10 years old when I was taught to knit by my mother’s best friend. I have been knitting ever since then.

  92. I was around 5 whenmy beloved mamma taught me to knit. Giving it in my goth tastic teens I began gain in my early thirties when trying to give up smoking and now over a decade later Couldn’t contemplate a life without my sticks and string

  93. Donna Goad says:

    I learned to knit when I was 10 or so in 4-H – didn’t complete the project and didn’t knit again until I was an adult. I took a class to make felted mittens. I completed the project and loved the mittens, but didn’t stick with knitting that time either. About 7-8 years ago started knitting blanket squares for a charity and knitting stuck that time and I have been knitting since. This last time knitting has been self-taught from books and internet.

  94. I was 8 when I learned, my mom and a neighbor both helped me. I can’t wait to teach my granddaughter!

  95. I was an adult when my quilting teacher taught me to knit. She is a master of all things crafty!! I have now taught my granddaughter, who I know would love to knit some of the projects in this marvelous book.

  96. BarbOutsideBoston says:

    I was about 7 when my mom taught me how to crochet but she didn’t really knit. I found some old knitting patterns in the basement that were probably passed down from my grandmother when I was about 10 and taught myself from the pictures!
    Needless to say, I hold my yarn in my left hand.
    I am also a school librarian and have been looking for a good learn to knit book for my elementary school students so I’ll be checking this out–thanks Wendy!

  97. I believe I was 8 or 9 when I learned to knit. My friend Paula had to stay inside fro recess, so I stayed in to keep her company. She had just learned how to knit in 4H, and wanted to teach me. The only available supplies were pencils and string, so that’s what we used. When I got home I convinced my mom that she needed to get me something knitting needles and yarn. I knit on and off in the following years (did a lot of crocheting) and then started up again about 15 years ago.

  98. Both my grandmothers taught me how to knit and crochet when I was about six or seven years old. This book would be great for my mother in law to teach my seven year old granddaughter to knit. Or maybe I should try to. 🙂 I knit mostly for myself. If not, who else will?!?

  99. Cheryl S. says:

    I remember learning from our neighbor (Aunt Dot) when I was about 8 or 9. Didn’t knit much after that but picked it up again in my twenties. I’m teaching my granddaughter to knit now. She’s twelve.

  100. carol frederick says:

    What a wonderful give away. I learned to knit as a young bride, many, many years ago. i would enjoy using this book to teach my grandchildren the wonderful art of knitting. thank you for this opportunity