Summer fun: teach crafty kids to knit!

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

From Knitting with GigiWhat’s on your kids’ summer bucket list?

No doubt you’ve got plenty of plans for pool days, trips to the zoo, and lots of outdoor fun. But you might also need something to do when your kids (and you!) need a respite from summer frolicking.

Why not teach them to knit—with help from Gigi? Knitting with Gigi is a kids’ knitting book that combines kid-friendly how-to with fun pictures, stories, and poems. Once your kids have mastered knitting, they can learn to purl with Gigi Knits and Purls.

Knitting with Gigi Gigi Knits...and Purls

Gigi is friendly, encouraging, and uses simple language to help kids understand the basics of knitting. With a little help from you, they’ll be on their way in no time!

For a getting-started tutorial from Gigi, check out this post.

Teaching knitting to kids
Our content editor, Jenny, taught her son Jack to cast on with Gigi’s help. Great job, Jack!

You can buy Knitting with Gigi and Gigi Knits and Purls right now on ShopMartingale.com. Load these eBooks on your iPad and hit the park or enjoy some shade on the front porch for an afternoon of summertime knitting with your children.


Who taught you to knit or crochet? Tell us in the comments!


16 Comments (leave a comment)

  • My mother tried to teach me crochet, I couldn’t get it. Then my father, show me a way to do a chain with my fingers. From there I was able to learn with the hook.

    —Quilting Tangent on July 11, 2014
  • I spent weeks in the summer with my grandparents in Erie, Pennsylvania and every summer we’d sew or crochet or knit or tat. (Tatting I was never good at.) Then, when I’d come home my mom helped me, too. So between my mom and grandmother, I learned to knit. My one daughter who’s 26 now knits (didn’t want to learn until after she had moved out of the house) and gets made fun of for knitting–an old ladies pasttime–but amazes her friends with what she makes. Knitters rule!!

    —Carolyn White on July 11, 2014
  • My Grandmother taught me to knit when I was probably about 5 or 6 years old. Also learned to crochet from my other grandmother at about the same age.

    —Peggy Grandberg on July 11, 2014
  • My mother taught me how to knit when I was very young, I taught myself how to do basic crochet and then I taught my father when he was ill later in life
    I have also taught my children and grandchildren all my crafts that I play at. Lovely fun xx

    —Pat Mullaney on July 11, 2014
  • It was my 4th grade teacher who taught us knitting during recess when it was too cold to go outside in the winter in northern Wisconsin. My mom then became my knitting coach and I went on to knit many price winning entries at the local county fair. I now live in Texas and hardly pick up my knitting needles due to the heat and when I do it is to make small projects.

    —Cathy on July 11, 2014
  • I come from the county of Yorkshire in the North of England and spent many happy hours as a child learning to crochet from my Grandmother. In later years I married and gained a wonderful mother in law who loved all thing crafty as much as I did. She has died now and there is a huge space in my life that once was shared doing crochet and knitting.

    —Beryl Robinson on July 11, 2014
  • I taught myself. I bought a few books and kept working on it. Eventually
    I got the hang of it. Now I crochet for charity

    Nancy on July 11, 2014
  • My mother and Grandmother taught me in the traditional manner MANY years ago. Now my daughter is teaching me new things through YouTube!!

    —Wilma on July 11, 2014
  • Taught myself from searches for everything on the internet.

    —Averil Luyt on July 12, 2014
  • My Grammie taught me when I was about 9 years old how to do basic knit stitch. Made myself a pair of those slippers they used to make all the time. Gosh, how I miss her!!

    —Nancy on July 12, 2014
  • My great-grandma started teaching me crochet as soon as I could hold a pencil. By 9, I was exploring filet crochet. I earned my first Open class ribbon at 12. In high school, I taught my best friend to crochet, and she taught me to knit. As an adult, I taught crochet classes for both kids and adults, and learned tunisian crochet. And I surprised myself a week ago, when I discovered I could still crochet with thread after years of working with yarn (thanks to modern cataract surgery).

    —Lynne on July 12, 2014
  • I learned a long time ago, from my cousin to crochet and my neighbor how to knit. I have trouble keeping my tension consistent, but want to keep working on it to get it right.

    —Dot on July 15, 2014
  • i am a self taught crochet and sewer.

    —Linda Evans on July 15, 2014
  • I can crochet afghans and such but need to learn how to knit

    Thelma Tebault on July 16, 2014
  • I learned to knit when I was 6 years old. I was in brownies or as known to-day as girl scouts. I made a potholder with leftover yarn.

    —Penny Harris on July 16, 2014
  • I learned to Knit from my aunt, I had watched her from a young age and imitated her casting on, at first they (my mother and Aunt) couldn’t figure out what I was doing with my fingers, once they realized they taught me the rest. I knit and crocheted many outfits and sweaters for my 3 children, my self and new babies. I learnt to crochet my self from books, and the largest thing I crocheted was my wedding train which I now use as a table cloth.

    —Elizajane on July 17, 2014

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