Knit and Crochet

Knitting with Bamboo Needles

My oldest wanted to learn how to knit and crochet. I am not at a pro at either, and I hadn’t done knitting since she was a baby (around ten years ago) and I hadn’t done crocheting since I was a child (won’t say how many years ago.)

We started with crochet, I guess because that one had been the longest. I couldn’t remember how to even single crochet. I could still do a chain! We found the best tutor, you could imagine–YouTube.

So here are some of our most recent projects that we have completed. We had lots of fun and we are working on more projects now too.

These are my first two crochet projects. One single crochet washcloth and then a Granny Square Washcloth.

Crocheted Washclothes (by me)

These are from a washcloth crochet pattern that I just love. It is a free one from Raverly.

Crocheted Washclothes (by me)

These next ones are actually some washcloths that I learned how to knit on, (around twelve years ago), but they had never had the loose ends tied off. So I got that done and gave them away for Christmas presents.

Knitted washclothes (by Me)

This is a free knit pattern and a free crochet pattern that were given to me by one of the ladies from the Adventist Home Educator. See, I learn about all kinds of things from my fellow homeschooling friends.

Knit and Crochet Washclothes

As you can tell, I decided to get my knitting needles and crochet hooks warmed up by doing some washcloths. I now am working on some scarves, actually I’m working on my ninth scarf since Christmas. I hope to take pictures of some of those soon to share.

My kids also are learning how to knit and crochet. Zippy successfully knitted two matching scarves in garter stitch, one for herself and one for her cousin for Christmas. Here she is working on one of them.

Zippy knitting her first project -- a scarf

John Deere Boy has been working more on crocheting, although he is working on knitting too, so we’ll have one of those to showcase soon too. Here is his first crochet project, a washcloth, that I am now proudly using in my kitchen.

JD Boy's First Crocheted Clothes

I am so thankful that my daughter got me inspired to start knitting and crocheting. I’ve been spending many happy evenings, when I’m too tired to think, knitting away on the couch, while we either watch nature videos or my husband reads mission stories to us. I have found it to be a great destresser. I hope she learns to enjoy knitting and/or crocheting too, but she has definitely done a big favor to me.

I also think some focus on handicrafts has been a great addition to our homeschool. We have made lots of crafts over time, but more the kid’s craft type projects that eventually you have to take pictures of then throw away, because they will overrun your house. Knitting and crocheting, however, are some hobbies that my kids, if they so choose, can enjoy for the rest of their lives. I don’t know if my son will choose to do that or not, but he’s having fun at it now.

3 thoughts on “Knit and Crochet

  • February 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    You are all doing great! I taught my kids to crochet, but as they have gotten into college they have given that up. I know they might pick it up again someday. My brother learned to sew, and when he was in college he made his own winter coat. That was a project I never took on. So… sometimes guys do carry on the ‘crafty’ hobbies.

  • February 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Really nice! I was looking at my yarn pile and thinking… I should work on something! ;p It’s been a while, here, too. Washcloths may be just the ticket… I need some new ones of those, too. I know how to crochet, but not knitting… The stitches look a little nicer with knitting… Maybe I’ll have to teach myself? Thanks for the motivation… now to see if it follows through with some actions… ;p

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