I watched my mother and grandmother knit until I was five and then I decided to take it up myself. With no knitting needles or yarn, I compromised with two Popsicle sticks and torn up Kleenex. Thank goodness my mother took me seriously. It was not long before I had a set of Susan Bates single point needles and a ball of acrylic yarn from Zayres Department Store.
Teaching kids to knit is no easy task, but from experience I have to say, let the kid decide on the materials as much as possible. Bland needles and boring yarn will lead to early abandonment of any project.
I can’t tell you how proud I was of my bright blue aluminum single points and my lime green and yellow Dazzle yarn. I actually did finish my first project, a simple sparkle tee shirt when I was in grade school—it was the 60’s—and I wore it to school proudly.
My next project was a crocheted granny square vest trimmed with pink pom poms when I was in Junior High. You can imagine how hip I felt!