Teaching family and friends to knit
If you are a keen knitter you may want to spread the joy of the pastime with others. Knitting used to be thought of as something that older people did but in recent years it has experienced a surge in popularity with various age groups. This means that you can teach any of your family and friends, as long as you have the patience and understanding to be a good teacher.
It’s important to remember that when people are starting to learn to knit they are likely to find simple tasks difficult at first. Do not try to rush things; remember that the point is to have fun, as well as giving someone else the gift of being able to knit.
Starting the learning process
You are probably used to following knitting patterns, and creating complex garments. However, if you are teaching someone else, it helps to begin with a simple task such as creating a basic square of knitting. Doing this help your family member or friend to get used to the basics, casting on and off, knitting stitches and purling stitches. Once this stage of the learning has been completed, you can more on to something a little more complicated like a scarf.
Help from other sources
You do not have to do all of the teaching yourself. It can help if the person also learns from others sources, such as a local knitting group or an online tutorial. The potential downside of this is that the style of teaching may be slightly different, so you may have to be adaptable.
How long will it take?
You may find that the person you are teaching is a natural and can knit a basic garment within days of starting to learn. However, most people can knit a few basic stitches within the first few days, being able to knit in a more tidy and consistent fashion within two to three weeks. These figures are based on one hour of knitting each day. This does not mean that you have to commit this much time as your friend or family member can practice on their own one they have grasped the basics. However, it does help if you are around to help deal with any issues. Make sure that you are always supportive to the person you are teaching and do not push them too much too soon.
Once the person you are teaching knows the basics of knitting, they may find it useful to have you as an advisor as they tackle more advanced projects. It should start to get easier at this point as you can leave them to their own devices most of the time, and just be there if they have any problems they cannot sort out, or any questions they need to ask. Teaching someone to knit can be a lot of fun, and very satisfying, if you have the skill and patience to do it; so why not give it a try.