DVD The Art of Knitting 4 Kids Kit (Leisure Arts #46756)
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It covers cast on (long tail), knit stitch, purl stitch, picking up a dropped stitch and bind off.
The dvd is fun for the whole family to watch and is interactive. It teaches how to knit a ball, step by step, having you knit along and the dvd automatically pauses until you are done with the section and you press play.
It also shows how yarn is made from shearing to spinning yarn.
I highly recomend this dvd to everyone, regardless of age or knitting experience.
Little Ryan is an amazing knitter and an excellent teacher. I am a knitter and he actually showed me a way to cast on, I never tried before.
As I said, I knit, but am not the greatest teacher, so this DVD is a great way to teach the kids in my life how to knit.
The animated knitting fable is also great and once you learn, you can make the knitted ball project on the DVD.
Summer's coming, so it's a great time to give kids a fun activity to do.
You'll love this DVD!
The DVD has four parts. In the first part, a 7 year old boy, Ryan, teaches you how to knit. He is adorable, straightforward, takes it slow, and does lots of repetition. The camera work is particularly good in this section. Ryan states his qualifications at the beginning of the session: "I've taught my mother and my grandmother how to knit." I believe him!
Part two: Dr. Elizabeth Seward tells a story about a set of twins who want to learn to knit. The story has several segments, each designed to help the kids visualize what they're going to do next. Then she teaches those skills to a little boy and a little girl.
Part three: Marcy Levitas Hamilton, a knitting instructor and the producer, teaches kids how to make a striped ball by knitting a rectangular strip and pulling each side together at the purl bumps. She has a lively and friendly style.
Part four: A visit to a real alpaca farm to learn about where knitting fibers come from, showing the fiber-making process, from shearing to spinning. Kids would love this, as most kids have no idea where natural fibers come from!
The video is very well done, and kids will have a window into three styles of teaching knitting. The animations for Dr. Seward's story were nicely done and in the style of Mr. Rogers--gentle and kind. Slow enough to get the point, too. I liked her story!
I only have two "wish they'd done it another way" thoughts:
1. All three knitting instructors showed bringing the loop through the stitch by pushing on the right needle with the pointer finger of your left hand. I have found that when new knitters do this, their pointer finger gets awfully sore!Read more ›
This DVD is a godsend for people who want to teach their children to knit but don't have the teaching skills. The first section is taught by a young boy and he uses such cute descriptions for the actions. Making the slip knot is "Criss Cross Applesauce" and he is a real inspiration to younger kids who seem to be willing to stick with it longer when they see a young child teaching.
The DVD also has a section taught by a grandmotherly woman, who also matches the knitting motions with vivid stories to help children better remember what they are supposed to do. She also shows two young children how to make their own knitting needles--cool!
Another section shows kids how to knit a ball (or a hat, depending on your preference), and the final section takes kids on a tour of an alpaca farm. They show how they shear the animals and turn the wool into "roving." What a blast!
I highly recommend this video to anyone who would like to teach their children how to knit, or who would like very easy and non-threatening knitting instruction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ryan, the 7 year old boy that gives beginning knitting instructions on this CD is amazing! I sent this to a 3rd grader who wants to learn to knit -- haven't heard from her yet. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by crafty in the foothills
It showed me what to do. Very Good. Seeing the work being done is great. I have suggested it to others.Published on August 31, 2013 by Marcia A. Biggs
My 6 year old daughter has been nagging me for a while to learn to knit. I searched on Amazon, found this dvd and lion brand's 10 inch knitting needles for kids, and I decided to... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by SassyKat
Cuteness Alert! I got this learn to knit video for my student knitting club. It is taught by a 7-year-old boy. He teaches knitting much better than I do. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by dANA wINSLEY
Awesome gift and fun to teach them to learn about knitting. Great to teach them young so they can be super knitters later on in life!Published on October 16, 2012 by Joan Nichols
I used this video to teach a group of 6th grade students to knit. The effect was instant. In two sessions I had 5 kids doing both knit and purl stitches. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by marie
My girls like to watch this video, even if they are not trying to knit. It is quite instructional and strangely soothing.Published on January 9, 2012 by Melissa
My daughters really wanted to learn knitting because of their grandma. I looked all over the web to see what the best beginner dvd was and this sure enough was right on the money. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Erik