Knitting with Boys

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This post is a part of Waldorf Wednesday. See all the links here.

Knitting is something I don’t have to remind my boys to do. They both pick up their projects at some point during the day – usually in the morning before school or during afternoon storytime. Somedays, when I feel as though we are accomplishing absolutely nothing, I can usually feel good about the knitting we have done. I find it so interesting how their different temperaments and personalities are reflected in their approaches.

Jude is a still-waters-run-deep, slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kinda kid. His favorite things to knit are little green squares. We have a lot of little green squares. If he is feeling particularly daring on a given day, he’ll cast on with a different color. He’ll knit about 3 rows with this renegade color, stop, undo his work, and return to his beloved green yarn. One day he told Tom about his experience with stripes. Tom asked him what colors he used. He gave him a look as if questioning his sanity and said, “Green. And another green.”

Vincent is a different kid and a different knitter. As with most everything, he is fast, fearless and expansive. He has read all the knitting books we own and most of the ones in our library system. If I have a question about something, I don’t bother looking it up. I just ask Vincent. I know if our stash of knitting needles is getting low to look in his handwork basket where I’ll find several sets attached to a variety of creations. My favorite project he has done this year is a toy he knitted for our music teacher’s cat. I am encouraging him to make a few to sell. They knit up quick (for him) and cats seem to love them.

I am some combination of the two of them – although truth be told, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t knit at all. My favorite thing to knit is pot holders – which come to think of it are really just big squares. I have also knitted a washcloth this year (another square, shown above.) Unlike Jude, I do like to experiment with color. Lately, I have pushed my skill set by learning to increase and decrease thanks to Vincent. I have completed several 3D animals from Barbara Dewey’s wonderful book, Waldorf Handwork for Homeschoolers Grades K – 4Their resemblance to anything found in nature, however, is open to interpretation.

Projects:

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Green Square #1

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Green Square #2 (could also be Alabama)

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Green Square – Striped

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Kite

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Cat Toy

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Chicken

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Sheep (or a sheep dog or a zebra if you ask Tom)

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Gnome

Our favorite knitting books:

  • Waldorf Handwork for Homeschoolers Grades K – 4, Barbara Dewey
  • Kids Knitting, Melanie Falick
  • Kids Knit!: Simple Steps to Nifty Projects, Sarah Bradberry
  • Kids Learn to Knit, Lucinda Guy and Francois Hall

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To read about the mini knitting block we did earlier this year, click the image below.

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