Being the child of a knitter

first knitted cat

Let’s face it. Having a mother who sews and knits, is a mixed blessing. On one hand, garments can be magic-ed up over night, on short notice, and to exact requirements. On the other hand, “unique” outfits and the phrase “I could make that for less/better/different” haunt your childhood. I do understand. I really do.

I no longer knit cute rabbit jumpers for my children. Rather than spending weeks knitting, only to have it worn once or twice, my time is better spent, and appreciated, if I take a few hours to sew them something. I’ve learnt.

knitting cat

Another consequence of having a mother who crafts, is that everyone assumes that you can do it too. The phrase “You must be good at knitting/sewing/plaiting/tying-bows” has my children recoiling in the same way as the question “Haven’t you grown?” The truth is, I have never pushed them into following my interests.

If they ask to be shown, I will show them. My theory is that if they want to learn, they will do it with more enthusiasm than if I force them. Isn’t that true of so many things!

knitting together

This half term, they asked to knit. The older two have had a go before. This time, youngest said he’d like to learn. So we did. I set him up with knitting a scarf. I chose the cat pattern out of the Children’s Year for the two older ones. (Cat on book is one that I knitted years ago. I can’t help looking at it and still seeing it in their toddler hands.) Both are short projects that will hopefully be quick to finish. They are all doing brilliantly. It makes me smile when I walk into a room and find a child knitting. Totally absorbed.


So enthused is Eldest that she picked up some winter yarn, this weekend, and started a scarf for herself. A great project for her, as she is making something she can wear. Plus it wouldn’t look out of place, among the scarves in the shops at the moment.

Who knows if they will take it further and knit something on a bigger scale. I don’t mind. I’m pleased that they asked to do it and I could share.

8 thoughts on “Being the child of a knitter

  • Tuesday 4 November, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    It’s lovely when your children show and interest in crafts you enjoy. My son is the only one who likes to sew, the others just put in their orders and wait for me to make it! Your eldest’s scarf is going to be great, she’s picked a lovely shade of bluex

    • Wednesday 5 November, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      It is a lovely shade. Knits up quickly, so I’m hoping her enthusiasm is enough to carry her to the end. 😀

  • Wednesday 5 November, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    How wonderful that they want to learn from you. It is one of my regrets that I didn’t learn to knit alongside my granny, she was keen for me to learn but I wasn’t interested. I love that book and have knitted a few animals from it but have not made the cat yet, yours is lovely!

    • Thursday 6 November, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      It’s a great book. It’s the one book I’ve used ever since becoming a mother. Full of so many good ideas.

  • Wednesday 5 November, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    oh there’s nothing better than knitting with your child(ren)!
    i agree though, one must wait for them to come to you.

    at this point i only knit things for lily that have been pre-approved. she is not overly picky about clothes but the thought of putting hours upon hours in to knitting something for it to just hang in the closet is enough to always have me check with her before casting on! 🙂

    • Thursday 6 November, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      ‘fraid pre-approved has gone out the window a while ago. So much easier to knit something that they will wear when they are younger. Maybe it will change again!

  • Tuesday 11 November, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    love the knitted cat!

    • Thursday 13 November, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      And so simple to make.

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