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.)

You can make the <a href="https://www.interweave.com/store/little-snowflake-sweater-knitting-pattern" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Little Snowflake Sweater</a>, the <a href="https://www.interweave.com/store/sweet-little-cardigan-pattern" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sweet Little Cardigan</a>, and the <a href="https://www.interweave.com/store/warm-stripes-set-knitting-pattern" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Warm Stripes Set</a> in no time! | Photos by Harper Point Photography and George Boe

You can make the Little Snowflake Sweater, the Sweet Little Cardigan, and the Warm Stripes Set in no time! | Photos by Harper Point Photography and George Boe

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.

Make something silly—and cute!—for the kid in your life. Clockwise from left: The Elephant Safari Children’s Vest, Hoot Sweet Hat &amp; Mitts, Window Cat Child’s Cardigan. | Photos by George Boe and Carmel Zucker

Make something silly—and cute!—for the kid in your life. Clockwise from left: The Elephant Safari Children’s Vest, Hoot Sweet Hat & Mitts, Window Cat Child’s Cardigan. | Photos by George Boe and Carmel Zucker

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.

Knitting toys for kids is the best, because you know your gift will be loved (and the knitting is a blast). Try Mr. Robotics, Liam the Llama, or Tedmund Troll. | Photos by George Boe and Harper Point Photography

Knitting toys for kids is the best, because you know your gift will be loved (and the knitting is a blast). Try Mr. Robotics, Liam the Llama, or Tedmund Troll. | Photos by George Boe and Harper Point Photography

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!).

Knitting for kids: When you knit for kids, you don’t have to worry about fitting a particular body type or using a fancy fiber. As long as the fit and yarn are comfortable, kids will be happy! Try the Ruhnu Cropped Pullover, the Red Feather Sweater, or the Windy Woods Girls Hoodie in superwash yarn. | Photos by George Boe and Harper Point Photography

When you knit for kids, you don’t have to worry about fitting a particular body type or using a fancy fiber. As long as the fit and yarn are comfortable, kids will be happy! Try the Ruhnu Cropped Pullover, the Red Feather Sweater, or the Windy Woods Girls Hoodie in superwash yarn. | Photos by George Boe and Harper Point Photography

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!
Rachel


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