Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Crafting with Kids

Keeping your kids entertained during the holidays and the many Bank holidays can seem a bit of a tall order. We know how hard it is to find an activity that doesn’t cost the earth or drags them away from their technology.

Children can find themselves completely absorbed in crafting with the right inspiration, and knitting and crochet have positive effects way beyond the project they are working on.  We hear that knitting and crochet can help with maths and technology as you can read over on this
blog post.

To help you get your children or grandchildren started we have uncovered a few books that you might find useful.

Why not get them used to working with yarn with Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Braiding and Knotting by Catherine Woram.  Macrame has been making a bit of a comeback over the last couple of years.  No need to worry that it’s all plant pots and wall hangings as it was in the 1970s, this book teaches the technique of braiding, plaiting, knotting, and macrame to create lots of exciting projects which are all rated for difficulty.

The former editor of Inside Crochet, Claire Montgomerie has written a lovely book called Knitting for Children.  Suitable for ages 7–12 the book is packed with great projects as well as teaching them how to finger knit, make tassels, put together pompoms and more.  The Snake scarf is our particular favourite because it is such fun but also teaches all the basic skills they will need. Claire has run a very successful workshop for kids over recent years and has poured all her experience into the pages of this book.

Designer Lucinda Guy and illustrator Francois Hall have created a really useful book called Kids Learn to Crochet which looks fantastic and is a fun read. The book is recommended for children from the age of 6 and guides them through the basic crochet techniques such as a foundation chain and the basic crochet stitches, such as double, half treble and treble crochet before it takes them on to shaping and joining pieces together to create lots of brightly coloured projects. We loved this book so much that we are sure adults will enjoy learning from it as well.

Whatever the time of year we hope you will have some holiday fun with our book selections.


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