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Share your skills

Who taught you to knit?

Most people I talk to either learnt from a relative when they were a child – even if they refreshed skills later from books or video – or went along to a session at a knitting group or at a yarn show where they had a go for the first time.

In other words they learnt from experienced knitters who gave some time to share their skills with someone else. This is the traditional way that knitting has been passed down since the middle ages and it’s still important today, especially so as you are less likely to learn it at school than a generation ago.

And sharing your knitting skills is a really positive experience. It is really lovely to see the satisfaction and sometimes joy, on the face of a new knitter complete their first row on their own. Plus you have helped create someone else to share the love of yarn with, someone else to admire your stash or share a pattern with.

teaching kids to knit
Image from UKHKA event

There are plenty of ways for you to pass on your knitting and crochet skills:

  • Volunteer for UK Hand Knitting at an event. We often run learn to knit or crochet stands at big yarn shows and are always looking for volunteers who are willing to give a few hours to help people learn. Click here to find out how to get involved.
  • Be ready to teach a younger family member. My five-year-old nephew has just asked to learn to knit. Check out our top tips for teaching kids here.
  • Be a knitting guru at a knitting group. Every knitting group I’ve been to has a few people willing to help out others when they get stuck or get new knitters started. Being willing to help doesn’t mean you’ll find yourself teaching someone every time you go but it is a friendly thing to be prepared to do. Click here for our list of knitting groups.
  • Join the Knitting and Crochet Guild. This organisation which also promotes knitting and crochet, encourages members to share their knitting knowledge and skills both at workshops and yarn shows and through its newsletter.

However you pass on your skills, remember those people will be able to pass their knowledge on in turn keeping knitting and crochet alive in the future.




2 thoughts on “Share your skills”

  1. I learned from my Grandmother, who taught me the basic knit and purl, but it was my mother who gave me the encouragement to knit. Used to knit baby clothes. Gave up for a long time, but have now started again.


  2. My mother taught me when I was about 7 years old. She taught my to knit, but not to purl, and it took me about another 20 years before I picked knitting up again and learned it. Somewhere, my mother has the Dr Who scarf I made in garter stitch as a child, all dropped stitches and uneven tension. But we all have to learn somehow.


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