Learning to Knit

Learning to KnitKnitting is something that I have always wanted to learn. Recently a dear friend of the girls’ began to knit after a few lessons from her mother (Thanks Emma!). The enthusiasm was contagious and we went straight out to gather the their first knitting needles and yarn. It was amazing to see their determination to learn as they diligently sat in front of the videos below (which seemed to be the only ones that moved slow enough for true beginners). Once they got the hang of it, all three of them would sit and chat and knit together for long periods of time. It was really an amazing process to witness…

Oh, and I must mention the charming book, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, which was the perfect compliment to the experience. It is an inspiring story of courage and generosity and a new favorite in our picture book library.


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. When your little knitters want to do more than just the knit stitch, knittinghelp.com has excellent video tutorials for any type of cast on, inrease, decrease, and many stitch types. Enjoy!
    Sarah M

  2. Oh my! I had to mention the similarities AGAIN! We are so often on the same page! My MIL recently taught the kids how to knit and we used the exact same little basket to keep their projects in! They like to knit as I read a chapter from our bedtime story. Which right now is Bedknobs and Broomsticks, a book I enjoyed from my childhood!
    We really like the book Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick. We also made our own needles from wood dowels sharpened in the pencil sharpener, sanded smooth and finished with beeswax polish. Such a simple project for the kids to make! They found balls of spring coloured cotton yarn in their Easter baskets this year rather than lots of candy.
    I too am learning along with the kids, I know the basics but am hoping to learn more.
    ~ joey ~

    1. Hi Joey – Yes, it has been fun to learn along with the girls! I love it when I get lost and my oldest tells me, “Your are just learning Mom, it doesn’t have to be perfect.” Making your own needles sounds like a great project.

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