Why Kids Are Easiest to Knit For
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my top five reasons why men are easier to knit for than women. That was in response to a piece my coworker Sarah wrote about why it’s easier to knit for women. I stand by what I said about men being the easier of the two, but writing that blog got me thinking that there’s another group that’s even easier to knit for than men: kids!
I know kids can be very particular about what they wear (I certainly was), but I really think they might be the easiest group. Here are my top five reasons knitting for kids is easier than knitting for adults! (I should note that when I say “kids,” I mean children under 10. Tweens and teens are a whole different—and difficult—ballgame.)
1. Kids Knits Are Quick
Garments and accessories for kiddos are small, which means you can finish them in less time than it takes to make something for an adult! You can knit a basic hat in an evening or a stockinette-stitch sweater in a weekend, and even more complicated patterns (cables, colorwork, etc.) don’t take all that much time. I don’t know about you, but I just love the feeling of finishing a project, and with kid knitting, you can have that feeling more often.
2. You Can Let Out Your Inner Goof
This is probably my favorite thing about knitting for kids: you can make something kinda goofy and know they’ll love it! From owl hats to cat sweaters to crocodile booties to elephant vests, kids embrace fun-to-wear and fun-to-knit patterns.
3. You Can Make Toys!
Knitted toys are so dang cute, you guys. And sure, we can make them for ourselves, but they’ll likely just sit on a shelf looking adorable and gathering dust. Isn’t it great to knit a toy that you know will be loved and played with on a daily basis? There are thousands of toy patterns out there, so figure out what your kiddo loves (find inspiration in Knit & Crochet Toys), then find a pattern to suit them!
4. Kids Don’t Care About Fit
No worrying about figure flattery here. As long as they can play comfortably, kids don’t care about how their sweater fits. They’re also not too fussy what pattern you use. Cables, colorwork, brioche, plain stockinette—whatever it is, kids will like it. This gives you room to experiment and maybe practice a new technique; not only will you have to do less of it, since the thing you’re knitting will be fairly small, but if you make a mistake here or there, the child you give it to won’t mind (and probably won’t even notice!).
5. Kids Aren’t Fussy About Fiber
Kids definitely don’t want anything scratchy, but beyond that, they don’t seem to care too much! (Their parents might like something that’s machine washable.) And let’s face it: kids are probably going to stain and wear out whatever you make for them, so save the nice yarn for your grown-up friends and make kid items with inexpensive fibers. Just make sure your young recipient likes the color—kids can be picky about that!
What do you think? Is knitting for kids easier than knitting for women or men? Or is it just easier to make things for yourself?
Happy kid knitting!
Kid-friendly projects to inspire you: