Following on from our successful Kids Knit classes in St Johns and other primary schools across the UK we have been developing our knitting programme online.
We are excited to tell you about our free Easy Learn-to-Knit Mini Course for children. We want to teach 10,000 children how to knit and would love the children at your school to be part of this ambitious campaign.
Now is the perfect time for children to learn to knit. The ideal ‘after school-activity’ at the end of the home schooling day. Whilst confined to home, a creative outlet is just what they need. It’s online, which is where most of their learning is being done at the moment and it’s free.
Knitting benefits children in many ways:
- Reinforces maths skills; counting, pattern repeats, sequencing
- Helps with spacial recognition; understanding how shapes fit together
- Improves focus and concentration
- Teaches problem solving skills
- Encourages creativity
- Reduces stress and promotes a sense of well-being
- Boosts confidence and self-esteem
For generations knitting has been used during difficult times to relieve feelings of stress and anxiety. Read this article about Coronavirus Quarantine Stress Relief. We hope the children we teach will look back at 2020 and remember that was the year they learned to knit, and that something creative and wonderful came out of such a trying time.
In the 5-part course they’ll learn:
- How to cast on, knit, and cast off
- Tips for success
- How to make 3 quick, fun projects
- We’ve included a simple striped cowl for when they’ve mastered the basics
New classes will be added so children can continue to learn and build on their newfound skill.
I’d be really grateful if you could share this sign up link with the teachers and families at your school:
We have some wonderful Knitting For All teachers who are available to hire for online tuition if children would like one-to-one help with their knitting. Please find the nearest teacher here:
All the children need is a ball of wool and some knitting needles. We recommend Rowan Big Wool and a pair of size 10:00mm/US15, but anything they already have at home will do. A plastic sewing needle, craft scissors and basic crafting supplies are also useful. This is a great time for your families to support local yarn shops if they don’t have what they need, or they can easily order online.
We recommend the course for ages 7+.
Give the children at your school the gift of a skill they’ll have for life, and teach them about the satisfaction that comes from making their own toys and clothes, and the joy of sharing their creations with others!
Thanks very much, I really hope some of the St Johns pupils will sign up and I am looking forward so much to getting back to school and knitting with everyone again.