Who Says Kids are Too Young for Knitting?

Knitting is an excellent activity that comes with many benefits for adults and children alike. If you and your children are crafty, or want to be, and are looking for new ways to pass time, knitting should definitely be on the top of your list!  We have listed a few benefits of knitting for children below:

1) Math! Math! Math!
Math is an inherent part of knitting as patterns usually include counting, skip counting, multiplication, division, subtraction, addition, etc. It helps in understanding both basic and complicated math.

2) Improves reading and analyzing
Knitting requires reading and understanding a pattern/instructions. It also enhances reasoning and visualization skills to make the finished product.

3) Nurtures problem-solving skills
While knitting, mistakes happen very often and they are a great opportunity to look back at how the error occurred and figure out how to fix it. Not to forget, this will also make you and your kids more patient.

4) Develops fine motor skills
Knitting, a craft done with both hands, helps children develop an essential skill that connects the right and left brain. This skill is required for overall coordination and everyday errands like writing, putting on socks or hitting a ball with a bat.

5) Boosts Creativity
There is so much that can be made and done with knitting! From choosing the colours to patterns and then customizing the patterns as per your needs, there is endless scope in knitting.

6) Gives a sense of achievement
Since knitting includes a finished product that your child can use or wear (or gift to somebody), it has its own built-in reward system that boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.

Knitting is a purposeful and tactile way to improve all of the above skills and abilities and that in itself is priceless!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Four Sleeve Styles You Cannot Miss This Winter!

Seamless Yoke
The seamless yoke style is the simplest sweater to knit in the round from the top down. These sweaters are unique in their lack of visible armhole shaping. Since the shoulders and armholes are not well defined, the yokes of these sweaters have a less tailored fit.

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Raglan

The next simplest style is the raglan. Sweaters with raglan shaping have distinctive “seams” between the front(s), back, and sleeves that form diagonal lines running from the neck edge to the base of the armholes. Beginning at the neck, the number of stitches on the front(s), back, and sleeves increase at regular intervals along these lines to give each section a triangular shape. Raglan sweaters fit nicely at the shoulders and lend themselves well to a close fit or waist shaping.

Sweater DesignModified Drop-Shoulder

For the modified drop-shoulder style, the sleeves join the yoke in “notches” that extend from the shoulders to the base of the armholes. Other than stitches cast on at the base of the armholes, there is no armhole shaping. Modified drop-shoulder (also called indented sleeve or square armhole) sweaters are characterized by a boxy shape and casual style. The sleeves are attached to the body along straight armhole edges. The resulting square shape provides a broad canvas on which it’s easy to incorporate texture patterns.

Modified drop shoulderSet-In Sleeve
Set-in sleeve styles have a classic tailored fit. The front(s) and back are worked separately to the desired armhole depth, with increases worked along the edges to tailor the shape of the armholes. Sweaters with set-in sleeves have tailored silhouettes and a timeless, classic quality. Because there is no excess fabric at the armholes, it gives a more refined look to even casual styles.

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Creative Art or a Stress Buster!
It’s Undoubtedly Hand Knitting

Hand knitting is often compared to meditation but we say it’s even more than that. Unlike meditation, hand knitting results in tangible, beautiful and often useful products. It simply is the best activity to enhance self-esteem. Just looking at your creations can boost your spirits.

Various surveys time and again list hand knitting as the best stress reliever. It gives a sense of purpose and is an amazing anti-dote to cope with stress. It also gives a sense of order in the hectic days. Respondents have often quoted that it even helps in solving problems!

The moment you start knitting, it’s like in an instant your thoughts get focussed, mind does quieten and you just enjoy the activity in that moment.

There is no bigger benefit than attaining creative fulfilment. You can actually create something functional (with beauty) for your friend or loved ones or simply for yourself. Be it a gift or a fashion accessory the scope of creation is immense.

All you need is needles and yarn. Savour hand knitting. Savour life.

The benefits of Hand knitting in a gist:

1. It’s better than meditation

2. It creates meaningful products

3. An awesome activity for expressing your creativity

4. Anti-dote to stress or a hectic day

 

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Super Interesting Facts About Knitting.

1. No one knows the actual origin of knitting. Most probably hand knitting was not invented at one time and place.

2. The term “to knit” wasn’t added to English until the 1400s. One of the earliest known examples of knitting (formed on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) were a pair of cotton socks found in Egypt from the first millennium A.D.

3. Knitting was initially a male-only occupation. One of the early knitting unions founded in Paris (in1527) did not allow women as members. How society evolves! Today women rule the craft of knitting.

4. Knitting machine was invented in 1589 by an English clergyman, William Lee during the reign of Elizabeth I. The knitting machine changed the way we think about clothing and fabric; the business of making clothing transferred into small cottage industries, making hand knitting non-essential, a leisure activity.

5. Knitting can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and it relaxes, so that the body can fight illness better. It’s been proven!

6. It’s only in the modern times that knitting needles are made of metal or wood, but back in the days they were made of far more exotic materials, such as ivory, tortoise shell or bones.

 

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