For some reason I can't identify, my ten year-old wants to learn how to knit. She's been asking consistenly for years--yes, years. I have kept my eyes open for classes to no avail. If there were classes, they were closed, expensive, or not open to children. I finally (with my JoAnn's coupon and educator discount) bought a 'learn to knit' kit for her. It included a booklet, some tools, and needles. We also picked up some yarn.
Learning something hands-on from a book is not easy. It's not impossible, but the descriptions are usually not quite detailed enough or the pictures might be confusing because they include so much detail but just not of the step that seems to be elusive. I will admit at this point that I have taught myself to knit (kind of) from books about four times now*. Jumping in with both feet, I decided to take the plunge and try to help Hanover learn.
And searching Google for 'learn to knit videos' was helpful. Here are her first ten or so stitches.
*Why have I taught myself knitting so often? It started in college. I was sitting in one of those oh-so-trendy early 90's coffee bars and a woman was sitting with her friends with her needles clicking, knitting, while having a discussion. Coolest thing I ever saw. That was the first time I bought a set of needles and yarn and a teach-yourself book. After about two inches I made a few mistakes, got really tensed shoulders, and decided the reality of practicing for years before becoming proficient enough to knit and talk at the same time just wasn't all that appealing. And the other three attempts ended about the same way. With the new fuzzy and cool-effect and colors for yarn, it has become more of a draw. Since my last go at it was a few years ago, I figured I could stand another round. And when my daughter mentioned that I had progressed on my own little project and asked me how I liked it I told her honestly that I found it really boring. Perhaps I won't feel that way if I complete a project and move onto fancier patterns (right now I'm really, really boring) and perhaps I will find mastering those patterns a challenge that will spark my interest.