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DVD The Art of Knitting 4 Kids Kit (Leisure Arts #46756)

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Give a child the gift of craft and a lifetime of enjoyment with this kid-oriented knitting DVD kit! Appropriate for ages 5 and up, the kit contains an instructional DVD, knitting needles, and enough yarn to get the fun started (about 60 yards). The 99-minute DVD provides three ways to learn: Dr. Elizabeth Seward uses an animated story to teach kids to knit and make their own needles. Kids learn from kids as 7-year-old Ryan Anderson teaches knitting basics. Knitting instructor and producer Marcy Levitas Hamilton teaches kids how to make easy knitted balls and toys with Stitch-Along instructions. There's also a visit to The Alpaca Ranch to learn how yarn is made.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ryan Anderson, Dr. Elizabeth Seward, Marcy Levitas Hamilton
  • Directors: Leisure Arts
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, THX
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tri-coast Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DYOV70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Riley on June 12, 2007
Format: DVD
I just got this DVD a few days ago, and I am in love with it. The DVD is NOT just for children; adults who are just beginning to learn to knit can benefit from it too. The children are adorable, and they make instructions clear (I was somewhat worried about this, but the children are GREAT) and much more entertaining and fun to watch than an adult could. The DVD also has a very lovely woman storyteller who tells stories that go along with the steps of knitting. These stories are memorable and help the beginner remember the order of each step. I highly recommend this DVD for both children and adults. You will have fun and will be knitting in no time at all. Enjoy!
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My 6 year old learned how to knit about 6 months ago. She had lost interest a little bit because it "took too long" to finish a scarf. Since watching the very entertaining dvd, she has renewed interest and is knitting faster than before.

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.
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This DVD is really wonderful!
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!
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The Art of Knitting 4 Kids is great--very entertaining, with good teachers!

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!
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I bought this DVD and had it sent to my granddaughter who is a first grader. She needed to learn to knit for a class project and was having some issues with it. Her parents did not know anyone there who knits, and I could not go to her to help her, The day they received my son called and said that the whole family was enjoying this DVD... It made it fun to learn and easy... My son said, he might even give it a try... I felt so much better being able to help her, even if I couldnt in person. THANK YOU SO MUCH !!! I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn how to knit, or just needs a refresher. I plan on watching it myself for tips...
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I wanted to teach my children to knit, but kept being stymied by my inability to put into words what needed to happen with the yarn when making the slip stitch, casting on, and knitting. In fact, after several attempts to teach my teenage daughter (who is motivated to learn), I was informed that I was the worst teacher ever.

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.
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