My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. I was an adult. I taught myself from a book but wasn’t very good until I found a mentor. She was the wife of a coworker and she was teaching a bunch of ladies from her church to knit sweaters. She really helped me get better. I would love to get the book as I have a daughter I need to teach to knit.

  2. My mom taught me how to knit when I was five or six years old, but it didn’t really take until I was a teenager. Then I knit a couple of sweaters before losing interest again for years. I took it up again as an adult and now knit voraciously! My eleven year old has been bugging me to teach her how to knit. This book would be a great help!

  3. I was 14 when my mother’s first cousin taught me to knit. I made a gold colored 100% wool cardigan with wooden buttons. The button band was finished on the inside with grosgrain ribbon and the buttonholes were machine made. I’m hoping to pass the knitting tradition on to my granddaughters.

  4. My mom taught me around the age of 4 but I don’t really remember much about it. However she also taught me again in 4H at about 9 years. I remember making slippers and my first cardigan which I entered in the state fair and won a blue ribbon.

  5. I ‘learned’ to knit several times from my mother’s and grandmothers’ knees, but knitting dishcloths never took. At the age of 59, I learned to make a prayer shawl, and I haven’t stopped knitting since. How do you say ‘addiction’!. This would be great for my grandniece who is asking to learn now. Thanks for offering the book, Wendy!

  6. Catherine Shepperd says:

    I learned to knit from my mother when I was about eight. I knitted many a lumpy doll shawl before knitting sweaters. My granddaughters have expressed an interest in learning to knit. I would love to teach them.

  7. Well, I taught myself to knit at age 28, but I am trying to encourage my 8 year old daughter to get an earlier start than I did. So far, I have had no luck teaching her. Maybe the book would help? Thank you!

  8. I learned to knit at thirty while I was working as a craft instructor at one of the big box craft stores. I was allowed to take classes from other instructor at a discount. I’m so glad that I learned. Knitting has been such a wonderful addition to my life. Also, I can’t say how much I appreciate the wonderful people I have met through this craft. I have at less two young people who live in different states from me who have ask to learn to knit, but it is difficult to teach knitting long distance.

  9. My mom taught me to knit when I was 9 or 10. When I was in junior high, I knit a cardigan to go with the skirt we made in sewing class. Mrs. Swanson was impressed!

  10. Jane Kettlewell says:

    I was 8 years old when a nice neighbor taught me to knit. While sorting through boxes after my mom passed away, I found my first knitted project – a green scarf with several holes from dropped stitches. My mom had saved it! I brought it home with me. I have two granddaughters and would love this book to help me teach them the gift of knitting. Thank you for this opportunity.

  11. Linda Swenson says:

    I learned to crochet in my teens but didn’t learn to knit until I was 30. Now it seems like forever!

  12. I learned to knit at school, Grade 3. (1970) Our teacher thought it was a great way to teach us hand / eye coordination, counting, etc, and it kept us quiet 🙂 We all knit squares that were sewn together to make a blanket, which was then forwarded to the Red Cross. Loved the knitting – and have continued to love the knitting! My daughter, who is 11, is now interested in learning to knit and this would be perfect!!

  13. I learned to knit when i was 10, in mrs. black’ s 4th grade class. the boys and girl’ made knit squares for a lap robe for the hospital. It was really my mother who taught me. She knit by the pick style but taught me th.e throw method. I wish I had learned the pick method as I have never been able to change

  14. Shannon Notestine says:

    How cool is this! I absolutely adore Susan B. Anderson and my son, who is 9 years old, has started showing interest in knitting. He likes to “help” me spin by tredaling on my Kromski Minstrel when I spin. I think Susan’s book would be perfect for helping him learn to knit.

  15. My grandmother taught me the basics of garter stitch and casting on/off when I was five or six, but it wasn’t something I really practiced often. I took up knitting again about a year ago, and I’ve mostly taught myself, with a bit of help from friends (and one stranger on the train, who taught me to purl…the one lesson my grandmother couldn’t get through to me!). My daughter, who’s 8, has expressed interest, and I’m doing the best I can to teach her…she doesn’t have much patience for it yet, though…
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  16. I was about 14 when my grandmother taught me to knit. Thank you!

  17. My Nana taught me to knit when I was 10. Actually she taught me to crochet first because she thought that would be easier. I made a potholder and a vest–this was the 70s and crocheted vests were groovy–then I graduated to knitting.

  18. Pauline S says:

    I learned to knit from my mother when I was in 5th grade.. A long time ago! This sounds like a great book to help teach the next generation!

  19. I think my grandmother tried to teach me when I was about 10. I made one dark green acrylic slipper that would fit a giant so I quit and went back to sewing……… When I was about 52, I took one lesson and this time it took!

  20. My grandmother lived next door to me all through my childhood – lucky me! – was the one who taught me to knit and crochet. I’m not sure of my exact age, but I would guess that I was seven. I remember watching in horror and amazement as she would rip out days worth of knitting to fix a mistake. And I think if her every time I do the same. : )

    I know exactly who I would give this book to: a sweet young girl who is struggling with trying to knit beyond her current skill set. I think a book of cute and easy patterns would help her build her skills so she can move on to the bigger things she wants to make. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  21. I was taught by a czechoslovakian lady who was right handed when I was about 16.(I crocheted when I was 10.) I am left handed and twisted my stitches for a long time before I sat on the floor in front of a mirror with the book between my knees trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Love love love Susan B. and have many of her books and have made many of her things.
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  22. Thanks for hosting one of the giveaways for Susan’s new book. What a great question to ask. I loved reading everyone’s comments, and hearing about how many new knitters and memories we’re all making. My 7-9 year old niece wants to learn to knit, so I tried to get her started the last time I saw her. She has since moved to Germany, and we don’t use FaceTime, so I don’t know how she’s doing with it. Her parents don’t knit, though her father can sew a little, so I know that was slowing her down. I learned to knit from my mom for a 4-H project when I was 9-13 or so. I made the one project and lots of swatches (and I’ve always loved the ball winder), then put it down for other crafts. I picked it back up several years ago and started with a pair of socks, and since then my stash has grown quite a bit. 😉

  23. I learned how to knit as an adult in preparation for becoming a mommy. My daughter is 9 and has her own stash and needles and is learning to knit. This book would be a bonus!

  24. My Mom talk me to knit when I was about 7 or 8. We would go to the lys at that time. I remember knitting socks and a cardigan. As my mother is not attached to things, those are no longer in my possession. She no longer knits but I have her needles. I have not been successful in getting my daughter interested in knitting. I am hopeful that one of these days she will want to learn.

  25. My lovely and ever so gracious grandmother taught me to knit when I was 8. I am in the pre-grandmother mode, but can’t wait to pass along the joy of knitting some day. Many thanks!

  26. I learnec from an afterschool enrichment program maybe in third grade? definitely elementary school

  27. My mother taught me to knit when I was a teenager, but despite her considerable knitting skill, I cannot describe her as a patient woman. Alas, my knitting “career” was cut short, but I resumed years later, and began teaching myself. (So many scarves….).
    This looks like a lovely book to support my teaching my little granddaughters to knit!