SOPHIE’S KNITTING PARTY
Looking for a unique and memorable party idea for your pre-teen? Then may we suggest reviving an age-old skill and hosting a sweet and nostalgic knitting party.
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ome of us have fond memories of sitting with our Grandmothers, and being taught how to knit. It is a skill that is surprisingly easy to learn and before too long you’re knitting bookmarks, scarves and scouring pattern books picking out your next challenge.
Anyone can knit, it’s super easy!
But the best age to start is generally seven or eight years or older. Kids can pick up casting on and the knit stitch and move from a non-knitter to competent knitter in just an hour to two!
Knitting is fantastic for young children for many reasons – it helps develop hand-eye coordination and is a super activity for connecting their left (technique) and right (creative) brain, and it helps to relax and alleviate stress. But best of all – knitting demands that a child start on a project and work on it for many days or weeks before it reaches completion, therefore broadening their attention span and teaching them patience and commitment.
Plus they get to experience the joy of creating something beautiful and unique with their own hands.
For Sophie’s party we made our own knitting starter baskets for guests (which doubled as our take-home packs!) and filled them with a selection of wool, knitting needles, scissors and a tape measure. We started by teaching the girls how to cast on and a basic knit stitch, and then showed them how to follow a pattern to start making their own iPhone case or mug warmer.
What you’ll need
Bulky or thick yarn/wool is a good choice for beginners
Wood or bamboo needles are great for beginners
An easy pattern to get you started