“Knitting is for everyone! It really is a craft that boys, girls, kids, teens, and adults of all ages can enjoy. Most kids naturally love making things, so knitting often resonates with them in a big way. Anyone and everyone can learn to knit—all you need are a few simple skills, knitting needles, and yarn, and away you go!” —Susan B. Anderson
Beloved knitting instructor Susan B. Anderson’s sixth book is her first one geared to a young audience. Modern in tone and vibrantly illustrated, SUSAN B. ANDERSON’S KIDS’ KNITTING WORKSHOP (Artisan Books; December 15, 2015; Spiral Bound / $17.95) is an all-in-one handbook that teaches children ages 8 to 12 how to knit. Anderson’s patient and engaging instructions and step-by-step illustrations help children move from basic knitting skills through 17 progressively challenging projects. With her friendly guidance, young knitters will have the instant gratification of making cool creations on their own, right from the start.
As a special treat to the readers of this blog, Susan has been gracious enough to give a project excerpt from her book so kids can get knitting…now!
Stripy Tube Scarf
Excerpted from Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.
When you knit a scarf in the round with thick yarn and bigger needles, it will go fast even though it is long. This is why when you’re a new knitter, the only type of scarf I would recommend knitting is a tube scarf with color changes to make stripes. You could make the stripes match the Stripy Hat (page 73) to make a set, or you could make a separate scarf with different colors. Be creative!
6 inches wide, 52 inches long.
Note: The scarf can be made longer or shorter in length; just bind off whenever you are ready.
7 skeins Bulky weight in 7 colors (about 750 yards total).
Note: This is a great project to use up leftover yarns! Just make sure they are all Bulky weight.
US size 10½ / 6.5 mm, 16-inch circular needles
3½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Other things you’ll need
Ruler or tape measure
Before you begin, you’ll need to know how to:
Join stitches to work in the round
Weave in ends
With your first color, cast on 44 stitches. Make a butterfly with the end. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Knitting the Scarf
Rounds 1 to 10: Knit every stitch.
At the end of Round 10, cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch end. Then attach the next color by tying a half-knot around the working yarn or using the more advanced method described on pages 66–67 (“Making Stripes”). Slide the knot up to the needles and start working with the new color yarn.
Repeat the last 2 steps (Rounds 1 to 10, and the color change), alternating all 7 colors, until the scarf reaches your desired length. End after completing 10 rows in the final color.
Bind off loosely.
Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch end. Pull the end through the remaining stitch and gently tighten.
Finishing the Scarf
Place the end on a yarn needle. Weave in the end by pulling it through 5 or 6 stitch bumps on the wrong side of the fabric.
Unwind the butterfly. Place the end on a yarn needle and weave in as described above.
Trim the ends to a ¼ inch.
Since the ends from the color changes are inside the scarf, you don’t need to weave them in.
Enter to Win a copy of Kids’ Knitting Workshop! Simply post in the comments section: your name and who you’d teach to knit using Susan’s book. Deadline is Wednesday, January 27th at midnight CT. Winner will be picked at random. Good luck!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan B. Anderson is also the author of Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery, Itty-Bitty Toys, Spud & Chloë at the Farm, andTopsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. She writes her popular knitting blog at susanbanderson.blogspot.com and teaches award-winning courses on Craftsy.com and at workshops throughout the country. Anderson has a YouTube channel with dozens of instructional knitting videos that can be found at SusanBAnderson and connects with fans on Instagram and Twitter @susanbanderson. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and four children.