Kid Friendly Knitting Needles

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Between the pool and the park and camp and play dates, summer can be a whirlwind of activity, and even the most energetic kids will sometime need a quiet activity to do in the cool of the indoors. If you have a burgeoning knitter this summer, or a child interested in learning to knit, but you aren’t ready to hand over your good needles, why not put the kids to work making their own knitting needles?

Here’s what you need

Dowels – 1/4 inch and or 3/8 inch
Pencil sharpener
220 grit sandpaper
Rocks, buttons or beads, even small toys
Hot glue or super glue

If you have longer dowels, cut them into pairs of even lengths, 12 inches long works well but you can go shorter depending on your preference.

Using the small hole of the sharpener for the 1/4 inch dowels or the larger hole for the 3/8, sharpen the end of each dowel until you have an almost sharp point.

Sand the sharpened end until smooth, then sand the shaft of the dowel to make sure there are no nicks in the wood to catch on the yarn.

Using either the hot glue or super glue, attach the beads, buttons or rocks to the flat end of the dowel.

Allow the glue to dry before using.

** a 1/4 inch dowel give you a size 10 1/2 knitting needle, a 3/8 inch dowel makes a size 15, both are great sizes for beginning knitters, especially when paired with a bulky yarn.

Kids Crafts: Learn to Sew

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If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Even for adults, sewing can seem a little daunting. The needle, the precision, it can be a little surprising to think that kids can actually learn to do it. I think it’s great to start getting kids used to a needle and thread at a young age so everything that goes into making that perfect stitch can be a habit once they get older. Messy stitches aren’t nearly as big a deal to a child!

Embroidery for Kids

Child Embroidery

Get kids used to a needle with an easy needlework project. Let them create their own shapes however they choose. Once they get used to the needle, help them move on to specific kinds of stitches.

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Colorblocked Baby Booties

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Color Blocked Baby Booties

I love knitting things for babies because they work up really quickly, allow you to use up some scrap yarn, and look so adorable when finished! These tiny wrapped baby booties are no exception. This knitting pattern is perfect for a beginner looking for a challenge, or an experienced knitter hoping to bust through some yarn in an afternoon.

Wrapped Baby Booties

Here’s what you need:

The Pattern:

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Kids Crafts: DIY Paintbrushes

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If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

I’m a huge fan of giving kids projects that have very few rules. Seeing what kids can come up with on their own is always a lot more fun than a structured project. One of the best ways to do this is to give them some paints and paper. If you want to try something new, there are so many ways to paint without the standard paintbrush. Here are some great ways to make your own paintbrushes and let the kids experience something completely new.

Toddler Pointillism

Toddler Pointillism

Not only is pointillism a great way to change up the painting routine, but you can add in an art history lesson along the way. Grab anything that can make a great dotter, we used pencils, but you can use q-tips, knitting needles, or anything else you have lying around!

Yarn Paintbrushes - Lean Play Imagine

Yarn PaintbrushesLearn Play Imagine

Yarn is another fun way to make paint brushes. You can make long and short bristles to let kids experiment. It can make for some really fun and abstract paintings!

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Practicing Cables Cuff Bracelet

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Cabled Cuff Bracelet

Learning to knit with cables can be a bit daunting. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes when it comes to stitching with cables. Crossing the wrong stitches, or holding everything to the wrong side, or even trying to figure out what the abbreviations mean. There is nothing worse than realizing you’ve made a mistake on a big cabling project long after you’ve made it, which seems to always be the case for me. The best way I’ve found to prevent these mistakes from happening is to learn how cables form. I came up with this pattern to help teach why cables make the shapes that they do, and to give you a chance to practice while creating a cute cuff bracelet you’ll love to wear.

Knit Cuff Bracelet

I chose a small braid cable for my example because it gives you an opportunity to learn FC (front cross) and BC (back cross) cabling. Also, it’s a little more intuitive because creating the cable is actually pretty similar to braiding hair. I’ve found that the best way to really master cabling is to learn exactly how it works, so I’m going to try to explain what’s going on with the stitches as we work on the pattern. First of all, here’s what you need to create the cuff bracelet:

Pattern and Cabling Info:

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Overnight Beanie Pattern

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Overnight Beanie Pattern

I was very proud of myself this Christmas, when I was able to successfully finish homemade projects for everyone with a few days to spare. I realized kind of late in December that I had missed a few people because I was so focused on creating these huge impressive pieces for my immediate family. I definitely had a mad craft dash to get all of my gifts finished in time. Thank goodness I had this super easy pattern up my sleeve. It’s called the overnight beanie because I typically start it at night and then finish the next day. All in all, I would say it takes about 6 hours for an experienced knitter to complete, and the recipient will be very happy with the result. The key is to use a thicker yarn than recommended for your needles. This creates a really tight and warm stitch with very little effort. While I know plenty of people who are over the moon happy with the result of this hat using the pattern provided, it’s really easy to switch up to add a little decoration. You can add cables, ribs, color changes, or whatever else you like to make this hat your own.

Adaptable Beanie Pattern that takes hours to knit!

What You Need:

A Note About DPNs: I’ve had a lot of questions about using double pointed needles when knitting hats, and I thought I would clear up the reason that I use them. The answer is pretty simple. I don’t mind knitting with them. I find circular needles to be a little difficult at times because you’re constantly having to move your yarn around and it can sometimes get caught on the cord where it meets the needle. I absolutely recommend circular needles for larger projects, but with hats, I just find it a lot easier to use double pointed needles. It’s essentially just knitting sections of your piece like you would on a straight needle. In addition, I don’t need to switch over to double pointed needles when I get to crown shaping. It’s entirely up to you which works best, but I just find double pointed needles a lot more practical for me when it comes to knitting hats. Don’t be afraid of them, your project will look really complicated, but it really doesn’t take long to get the hang of.

Overnight Beanie

Pattern Directions:

Cast On 80 stitches and distribute evenly among your DPNs. If you’re using circular needles, be sure to add a marker to keep track of rows.

Knit 1, Purl 1 to create a rib stitch until your piece measures 2 inches.

Knit all Rows until your piece measures 5 inches total.

Crown Shaping:

Row 1: Knit 8, K 2 Together (known as k2tog from now on)* Repeat 3 more times.

Row 2 and all other even rows: Knit all Stitches

Row 3: Knit 7, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 5: Knit 6, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 7: Knit 5, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 9: Knit 4, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 11: Knit 3, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Row 13: Knit 2, k2tog *Repeat 3 more times

Cut your yarn with a long tail and thread it onto your yarn needle. Thread the end of your yarn through each remaining loop and pull tight. Weave in ends.

It might be the world’s easiest beanie to knit, but it’s a very warm, and very nice hat to receive as a gift or to wear during cold winter months. If you’re new to knitting, definitely give this hat a try!

Beanie Knitting Pattern

Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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It’s Monday again, and we all know what that means, time to announce our Free Stuff Friday Winner! Congratulations to… Judy! Knit up a storm with your lovely needles!


This set includes seven 29 inch bamboo circular needles in sizes ranging from 7 – 15, all in a roll up carrying case!

The winning answer to “Do you live in the country, suburbs, or city?” is…

“We live in a very small town.We know all our neighbors,see them and speak with them often!”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

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