Knitting for Kids

Want to find some knitting for kids to do? These knitted folk projects are perfect for young children to make.


It's great to see children enjoying traditional needlecrafts like knitting again!

So here is a great project of knitting for kids that'll keep them busy and happy for ages, whilst learning skills to last them a lifetime!

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Knitted Folk

Knitted Folk

These projects, although a little time consuming to complete, are really simple to knit as all the pieces are just plain knitted rectangles gathered to form the different shapes. And only small oddments of yarn are needed too!

You will need:

  • Oddments of double knitting yarn in assorted colours – light brown, dark red and blue, plus a small amount of brown, dark blue / black, red, white and yellow for detailing

  • 4mm (UK Size 8) Knitting Needles

  • Sewing needle

  • Scissors

  • Ruler or tape measure

  • Toy filling

  • Brown pipe cleaner / chenille stem (optional)



Don't know how to knit?

Click here to watch Helen explain how to knit


Grandma

To make her body:

  1. With light brown yarn, cast on 30 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until your work measures 7cm (3in) long.

  2. Cast off and sew in the ends of yarn to secure your stitches.

  3. You now have a knitted rectangle 30 stitches wide and 7cm (3in) long which will be formed into a ball to make Grandma’s body.

  4. With the same coloured yarn, stitch a row of loose running stitches along each of the longer sides of the rectangle. Secure the yarn at the start but leave at least 10cm (4in) at the other ends unfastened.

  5. Pull up one row of stitches to close up the underside of the body and then use the long end of the yarn to stitch the two short sides of the rectangle together. Fasten off the end of the yarn.

  6. Carefully turn your work right side out and stuff with toy filling.

  7. Gather up the top of the body by pulling up the remaining length of yarn and fasten off. You should now have a plump knitted ball shape.

To make her head:

  1. With light brown yarn, cast on 20 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until your work measures 5cm (2in) long.

  2. Cast off and sew in the ends of yarn to secure your stitches.

  3. You now have a knitted rectangle 20 stitches wide and 5cm (2in) long which will be formed into a ball to make Grandma’s head.

  4. Repeat steps 4 to 7 as for the body. You should now have a plump knitted ball shape, slightly smaller than the body you made first.

  5. Place the head on top of the body and sew the two together with a few stitches using the same coloured yarn.

To make her shawl:

  1. With dark red yarn (or any colour of your choice), cast on 5 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until your work measures 17cm (7in) long.

  2. Cast off and sew in the ends of yarn to secure your stitches.

  3. Wrap around Grandma’s shoulders and sew in place at the front and back of her body with a couple of stitches.

To make her hat:

  1. Using yarn to match her shawl, cast on 3 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until your work measures 20cm (8in) long.

  2. Cast off and sew in the ends of yarn to secure your stitches.

  3. Sew the short ends of your work together to make a ring, then gather the inner circle of the ring slightly using the same coloured yarn and some loose running stitches. This forms the brim of Grandma’s hat. (Overall diameter of the brim - outer edge to outer edge - is approximately 6cm / 2.5in).

  4. For the top of her hat, cast on 4 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until your work measures 10cm (4in) long.

  5. Cast off and sew in the ends of yarn to secure your stitches.

  6. Sew the two short sides together.

  7. Gather the top of the hat by stitching a few loose running stitches along one open edge, pull up tightly and fasten off to form a circle with a slight peak in the middle.

  8. Sew this knitted circle to the inner ring of the brim to form Grandma’s hat.

  9. Set aside while you make Grandma’s hair.

To make her hair:

  1. Cut 12 x 20cm (5 x 8in) lengths of brown yarn (or colour of your choice) and lay them out side by side.

  2. Using another length of brown yarn, tie the 12 lengths of yarn together in the centre.

  3. Place centrally onto Grandma’s head, sew in place with a couple of stitches and arrange her hair as seen in the picture.

  4. Tie the ends of the hair together with more of the same coloured yarn and sew in place with a couple of stitches at the sides and back of her head.

Attach her hat:

  1. Pack a small amount of toy filling inside her hat before placing the hat on Grandma’s head. Sew in place with a few stitches under the brim. Be sure to hide any not-so-pretty ends of hair at the back at the same time!

  2. Decorate the hat with a simple embroidered daisy – a couple of yellow satin stitches for the centre and 5 white loops for the petals.

Add eyes and mouth:

  1. Make her eyes with dark blue or black yarn – either embroider a couple of satin stitches or take a length of yarn and tie a double knot in the centre and then simply sew the ends into the head, trimming off any left over yarn.

  2. Sew 3 running stitches with red yarn to make her mouth.



 

 

 

Grandad

Make Grandad’s body and head in exactly the same way as for Grandma.

To make his scarf:

  1. With blue yarn (or any colour of your choice), cast on 3 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until your work measures 24cm (9.5in) long.

  2. Cast off and sew in the ends of yarn to secure your stitches.

  3. Tie around Grandad’s neck and sew in place at the front of his body with a couple of stitches.

To make his hat:

  1. Using yarn to match his scarf, cast on 6 stitches and knit (garter stitch) until your work measures 10cm (4in) long.

  2. Cast off and sew in the ends of yarn to secure your stitches.

  3. Sew the two short sides together.

  4. Gather the top of his hat by stitching a few loose running stitches along one open edge, pull up tightly and fasten off.

  5. Place on Grandad’s head and sew in place.

Add eyes and mouth:

  1. Make his eyes as for Grandma.

  2. Sew 2 running stitches with dark red yarn to make his mouth.

To make his walking stick (optional):

  1. Cut a 6cm (2.5in) length of brown pipe cleaner (chenille stem).

  2. Bend about 1cm (0.5in) over at one end to make the handle.

  3. Slip in behind Grandad’s scarf.

 

 

 

More Knitting for Kids

Knitted Flowers

Knitted Flowers

Here's another kids knitting project - knitted flowers.

They're really easy to make.

And they look great too.


Knitted Coin Purse

Knitted Coin Purse

Make this useful knitted coin purse.

Simple and practical.



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