Easy Knitting for Kids : Knitted Cat Tutorial : Discovering Waldorf

There is something supremely satisfying for our children when they are able to make a tangible creation with their own two hands. It’s one of the things I love most about Waldorf education, this sense that kids can make whatever they want. I’ve seen the gift unfold often over the years. I have watched as they have toiled over handwork, woodwork, art. It’s not easy at first. But it’s wonderful to see that, with perseverance and encouragement, their little hands become more skilled and they grow in the confidence in their own ability.  I’ve watched handwork turn into a love and a passion that I know they will both carry into adulthood. Lucky them!

Knitting

Teddy knitted a cat the other day, all on his own. He thought he was the cleverest boy in the whole world. Just look at the photos of his face… do you see what a sense of accomplishment this project has given him? His eyes sparkle with triumph and he exudes ‘Yay!’.

I’ll share our easy knitting pattern, perfect for a child.

Teddy has become a proficient knitter. The entire project took him under an hour to complete.

 

Photo of a yarn cat knitted by a kid

Easy Knitted Cat Tutorial for Kids :: Discovering Waldorf Educations :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Photo of a yarn cat knitted by a kid

 

With medium weight yarn, knit a square; 12 rows of 12 stitches. Here is a previous post we have shared on knitting with kids.

 

Photo of a yarn cat knitted by a kidPhoto of a yarn cat knitted by a kid

 

When your knitted square is complete, finger knit a 6 inch tail. Here is a previous post we shared on finger knitting with kids.

 

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Here are the step-by-step instructions (drawings by Kitty).

Teddy's Fairy Garden-1

 

photo of a child knitting a cat

 

Method :

1. Use medium sized yarn and needles.

2. Cast on 12 stitches. Knit 12 rows. Cast off. (Here’s an article on how to teach your children how to knit).

3. Fold knitted square in half. Use your yarn to sew/thread the long edge together.

4. Use your yarn to sew/thread ONE short edge together.

5. Stuff your cat’s body with wool until he is nice and plump.

6. Finger knit a 6 inch tail for your cat. (Here’s an article on how to teach your children how to finger knit). Use your yarn to sew the tail onto the cat. Use a piece of red yarn to tie a bow around your cat’s neck. This yarn bow will form the cats head.

VOILA!! Your child has knitted a sweet and soft cat.

Here’s a fun tutorial on how kids can make their own knitting needles : Tutorial for kids, Make your own Knitting Needles.

Here’s a great article on handwork in the Waldorf home.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

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Discovering Waldorf :: On Handwork with Renate Hiller

The other day I was feeling anxious and stressed. My temper was short and I found myself snapping unnecessarily at my kids. It was raining and, although I knew I needed a good walk to shake the bad mood, I couldn’t face putting on my coat and braving the cold. So, instead, I nestled into a comfy spot in front of the fire and took up my knitting needles. After a few minutes of knitting, I felt my stress melt away and a calm and peacefulness descend upon my spirits. Aaaaah! Handwork can be so therapeutic.

Here is a short video on the spiritual benefits of handwork by the beautiful Renate Hiller. I bet you’ll be looking for your knitting needles after watching this.

ON HANDWORK

Handwork in Waldorf Schools - Discovering Waldorf ~ www.theMagicOnions.com

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Discovering Waldorf is a weekly series of articles written by ‘everyday’ Waldorf families. The contributors to this series share their ‘real-life’ insights and inspirations on all kinds of Waldorf topics. This series is not meant to be Waldorf philosophy in its purest form, but rather a snapshot of how we can all incorporate Waldorf ideas into our lives to help nurture and encourage the magic that is in our children. If you have a topic you wish to learn more about (or want to share) on Discovering Waldorf please contact me.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Teaching Kids To Knit

Kitty has become quite the knitter. She loves to sit peacefully in a comfy spot and knit quietly. She has knitted herself a hat, a chicken, her dolls a blanket, her animals some scarfs. I find it magical to watch her in her own world while she works with her hands and the lovely wool. Our cat Beamer can feel the beautiful energy that radiates from her when she’s knitting too as Beamer often curls up next to Kitty and sleeps with a constant purr.

I love that Kitty knows that she can make something beautiful with her own hands. It’s important to us that she uses beautiful yarn too and we spend a little extra to buy her top quality yarn in beautiful colors. I love that she respects the quality of the materials she works with and values her work.

In Waldorf schools, children learn how to knit as a part of their First Grade curriculum. Handwork is an important aspect of their education throughout the years. It’s good for them for so many reasons. The hand eye co-ordination needed is excellent practice and it’s a super activity for connecting their left (technique) and right (creativity) brains. It’s a peaceful meditative activity which can be very helpful in alleviating stress. But, what I am most enamored with right now is the aspect of knitting that demands a child to start on a project and work on it for many months before it reaches completion. Kitty took 4 months of knitting to finish her hat… 4 months! In our fast paced modern world, when does a child work on anything longer than a few minutes, let alone 4 months!

If you want to teach you child to knit, perhaps start the way they start in Waldorf schools… by making your own knitting needles together… here is a tutorial. If you don’t know how to knit yourself, don’t let this put you off… it will be a lovely bonding time together as you teach each other.  There are many tutorials on Youtube that can help you every step of the way. I love the rhyme Kitty taught me to help me remember the technique when I was learning…

In through the front door,
Once around the back,
Peek through the window,
And off jumps Jack!

Happy knitting,
Blessings and magic,
Donni