A little while ago, someone on Twitter asked me:
My reply: whichever she’s most interested in, whenever she’s ready
Children begin to crawl at different ages. Kids start to speak at different ages. Is it any surprise that different children are ready to knit/crochet at different ages?
When is a child ready to knit/crochet?
There are a couple prerequisites to knitting or crocheting, so these are some good signs to look out for to see if your child is ready:
- They hold and use a pencil (sloppy handwriting is okay!)
- They can sit and work on an activity for at least 10-15 minutes
- They can count to 10 (not a must, but helpful)
- They show interest in the craft
Trying to teach a child before they are ready is not a good idea. It leads to frustration and can discourage the child from trying again later, so I highly recommend you look for these skills!
I began writing at four, and learned to chain when I was 5-6 years old. I just made chains for a really long time! That’s okay!
It’s most important that your child enjoys the activity, rather than hoping they accomplish a certain syllabus of skills. I liked crocheting (and according to my mom) was hopeless at knitting. Again, that’s okay. Encourage what the child is interested in.
What can you expect at what age?
One of the members of my Ravelry group taught her 6-year-old son to crochet. He made this frog all by himself!
Isn’t that amazing? Before the age of 10, a child can typically learn to crochet with help from a parent who shows them the stitches and teaches them the steps of a pattern.
I’ve had children as young as 10 learn to crochet on their own in my Craftsy Course. By this age, kids are used to following instructions in class, and are able to take instruction from a teacher. So even if you can’t knit or crochet, your child might be able to learn!
Once a child is a teenager, they’re just about adults as far as learning knitting/crochet is concerned. ‘Kids’ of this age are usually fine taking an adult class at an LYS/shop (but double check with the store’s policy, first).
The younger the better!
As long as a child has the prerequisite skills (listed above), the younger the better! My husband, Tim, learned to knit when he was about 6 or 7, and it’s a skill he still has today!
With that background, I taught him to crochet as an adult in no time!
I think that exposing children to skills and experiences is a great thing to do… and they may never use it later on. (Tim has knit, like, one thing in his life) That’s okay! They may also latch on to it and the skill becomes a lifelong love, like it did for me!
You won’t know unless you give it a try! I recommend reading my post on tips for teaching a child to crochet!