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Knitting – A Great Learning Experience! March 29, 2010

Posted by Ruth in Learning.
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So many of my friends knit.  I tried it years ago, and enjoyed it, but seemed to either add or drop stitches consistently, so that my finished piece either was triangular in shape, or filled with holes.  I still love to watch knitters at work.  It is amazing to see the rows of pattern and color as they progress.  The finished projects are wondrous examples of creativity and design!

Students who follow the Waldorf path, often learn to knit as young children.  Knitting is said to decrease hyperactivity, and increase focus and concentration, not to mention the development of small motor skills.

Knitting is multi-curricular; it is possible to use knitting to study history, math, art, literature and more.

Here are a few interesting resources related to knitting:

Discover Waldorf Education: Knitting and Intellectual Development – The Role of Handwork in the Waldorf Curriculum

Learn How to Knit with Free Knitting Videos

The Ravelry Blog

AND the associated online Ravelry community

And from CBS, a recent segment that involves NPR’s Mo Rocca learning about The Privilege of Knitting.