Knitting – the multigenerational hobby

August 10, 2018

Not everyone knows how to knit. And honestly, it’s quite a shame. Knitting is one of those activities that should be shared from generation to generation. Think back to your childhood and the time that you’d spend with your grandmother or mother when they were knitting. Memories may come flooding back to you of them sitting and knitting for hours. Hopefully, they passed that love and knowledge on to you so that you can continue to share down your family tree as well. 

Knitting - the multigenerational hobby

For many, knitting is a time to bond. Time tends to slow down a bit, and the beauty of watching the hands create is mesmerizing and sparks many meaningful conversations. Those who love knitting know that with each and every movement, a memory of what they are creating is being made.

Not only does knitting create a generational bond that can be shared indefinitely throughout the family tree, but knitting also allows treasured gifts to be made to be given to those you love as well. Popular items to knit can be hats, scarves, blankets, potholders, baby shoes, and the list can go on and on. Anything that you can imagine, you can knit! 

Creating family memories is great, but knitting also has great benefits for yourself as well. It’s often used as a stress reliever for those who just need a bit of time to unwind. Finding comfort in doing something that you love is what knitting is all about! Knitting is also relatively inexpensive compared to the other hobbies out there, and it’s been said that knitting is good for your motor skills and memory. 

Knitting - the multigenerational hobby

While not everyone understands knitting, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be exposed to it! It’s important to keep it active and alive throughout your family history. Knitting has been around for hundreds of years, and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. Take the opportunity to teach your family members how to knit. Finding a common hobby that everyone can truly treasure and take part in is a unique opportunity that is just waiting to be explored. 

Start with a project that is simple and can be done quickly and easily, and then move on together to tackle others. There are so many amazing templates out there just waiting to be explored. And once you learn how to knit, it’s time to take that knowledge and pass it on to your daughters and granddaughters as well. Keeping knitting in the family is a true memory that will be treasured for many years to come. 

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117 Comments

  • Karen Hughes August 10, 2018 at 9:40 am

    My mum taught me how to knit and I have taught my children. The one thing I would love to do is crochet. Have never mastered that skill

  • Ellen Stafford August 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

    My mum taught me how to knit when I was about 11. I love knitting.

  • Jo m welsh August 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I’ve only recently learnt and still a newby but I have self taught on YouTube and books.

  • Jo Richards August 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I taught myself to knit using videos on YouTube

  • Margaret GALLAGHER August 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Grandma taught me – mainly make baby stuff and scarves too

  • Alison Johnson August 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    My Mum taught me the basics, but I basically figured the rest out myself. I used to knit all the time & loved doing Aran jumpers & fairisle paterns. Haven’t knitted in ages though.

  • Samantha O'D August 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    My step mum showed me the basics

  • Amanda Milton August 10, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    My mum taught me how to knit when I was 10

  • Heather Haigh August 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    A neighbour taught me basic knitting when I was a kid, then I taught my daughter, who learned so much more than me and now she teaches me lots of new techniques.

  • Julie Turnbull August 10, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    This is such a gorgeous colour. I’d love to win it!

  • Solange August 11, 2018 at 1:07 am

    My sister taught me to knit.

  • Tracy Nixon August 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I learned to knit at aschool!

  • michelle o'neill August 11, 2018 at 8:37 am

    my nan taught me x

  • Emma Nixon August 11, 2018 at 9:04 am

    My mum taught me the basics. I need to have a go at improving on that!

  • Wise Ways August 11, 2018 at 9:07 am

    It was both my Nan & Mum who taught me how to knit, I used to love knitting I don’t have the strength in my arms or back to do it now though

  • Pauline Hill August 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME WHEN I WAS 8

  • Rich Tyler August 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Something for my 2 boys

  • Vivien Baird August 11, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    My Mother taught me My Grandson loves to cuddle in and then he asks “do some knitting Gran”

  • Lyn Burgess August 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    My mom taught me, then we had lessons at school, first knitting a scarf, then a tea cosy/ bobble hat

  • hannonle August 11, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Grandma and mum taught me how to knit. I taught myself crochet with a free dvd and youtube!

  • Sarah N August 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    My mum taught me to knit. We still sit and knit together now

  • Christine Shelley August 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    My nan taught me to knit when I was a small child, I stopped for many years but have taken it up again , yesterday started a bby blanket

  • Vikki Sanderson August 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    My grandma taught me to knit and youtube taught me how to crochet haha.

  • Sue McCarthy August 12, 2018 at 8:40 am

    My Nan taught me to knit when I was quite young. It’s a great skill to have.

  • Mary Lucking August 12, 2018 at 9:02 am

    My mum taught me to knit. I taught my daughter to knit

  • Rhia P August 12, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I never learnt, though several people have tried to teach me in the past. I really want to learn though, coz my both mum and sister knit fantastic things, and I’d really love a chunky cable blanket… I’m trying to teach myself with a book from the library, and feel ridiculously proud of my two lines of wobbly perl…

  • iain maciver August 12, 2018 at 11:35 am

    my wifes mum taught her to knit this would be fab for her

  • Karen hutchinson August 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    A scarf

  • Alica August 12, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    My mum taught me to knit and now my daughter loves it as well crochet!

  • ADEINNE TONNER August 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    The person that taught me how to knit was my mother

  • Louise Rogers August 12, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    My mum taught me to knit although I would still say I was a beginner really.

  • Pam Francis Gregory August 12, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    My mm taught me to knit when I was a child.

  • Susie Wilkinson August 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    My Mum taught me to knit when I was 7 or 8. I remember it being a real challenge for her as she was right-handed and I’m left-handed, so everything was the opposite way round for me!

  • Danielle Spencer August 12, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    My mother-in-law said she’d teach me to knit.

  • Jade Hewlett August 13, 2018 at 10:42 am

    My gran taught me to knit when I was a child but I used to get bored easily and so I’d start making a scarf and then I’d get fed up and tell her it was a snake and make her sew it up cos it was never big enough for a scarf even for a barbie doll!!

  • William Gould August 13, 2018 at 11:30 am

    My Mum and Nan taught me how to knit, and I can knit simple things, like a scarf! My wife is an expert knitter though…

  • JANET HUMPHREY August 13, 2018 at 11:42 am

    my mom taught me to knit, a skill I have now taken back up and have completed a jumper started in 1992 🙂

  • Catherine S August 13, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    What a simply gorgeous colour; my twins will love it!

  • Catherine S August 13, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    My grandma taught me to knit when I was a child; I have only made scarves for dolls though!

  • Beverley Cousins August 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    My mother learnt me, she loved her knitting & sewing and has i young child i was so interested after seeing the things she created got me very interested. I knit for all my children and love the character jumpers for the boys & skirt sets for my daughter. There are so many gorgeous designs out now especially for me..

  • Christina Palmer August 13, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    My Mum taught me to knit but I only ever learnt the basics

  • Miss Tracy Hanson August 13, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    My Mum, who was taught to knit by her Mum. So we are keeping it in the family. She’s busy knitting me an Aran jumper at the moment as I’ve always wanted one, but it’s beyond me at the moment. I’m busy knitting a Loch Ness Monster for my great-niece.

  • Sandra Fortune August 14, 2018 at 7:11 am

    My mum taught me how to knit when I was little I like both knitting and crochet thanks for this lovely giveaway

  • jo liddement August 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    My mum and grandmother taught me to knit when i was 10. I am making a bolero cardigan with a lacy edging at the moment but the pattern is complicated so thank goodness for YouTube for handy tips. I would love to make a chunky sweater with the Paintbox yarn and i adore the raspberry colour.

  • Sheena Batey August 14, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    It must have been my mam but all I remember is several attempts which didn’t work but one of them must have as i am a fairly competent knitter now

  • Isabel O August 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I was in hospital a lot as a kid and my nanny used to visit me and help me learn to knit. It passed the time. I mostly did straight lines and so made scarves or squares but I find it so calming.

  • Charlotte G August 14, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    My Mam taught me and I’ve been knitting quite a few things for my baby who is due soon

  • Kim M August 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    My Mum taught me to knit – then I taught my daughter x

  • andrea tinkler August 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I taught myself to knit and my mum taught me to crochet x

  • Jane Willis August 15, 2018 at 8:43 am

    My Mum taught me to knit- now she’s in her 90s and severely arthritic she can’t hold knitting needles any more but she used to be a very talented knitter and even knitted my wedding dress!

  • Susan Chafer August 15, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    My mum taught me how to knit. We used to sit by the fire in winter, knitting and talking for hours!

  • Sharon Hirst August 16, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 10 or 11, made very holey dishcloths using very large needles. Have improved over the years

  • Geri Gregg August 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    My gran taught me x

  • Kelly Hirst August 16, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    My mum taught me to knit although I’m not very good at it, could get some good practise done with this prize though

  • Amanda Deacon August 17, 2018 at 4:42 am

    My dad taught me the basics when I was about 7.

  • Louise Fairweather August 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    My Mum taught me to – I would give it to her as she knits for children in SA

  • cheryl hadfield August 18, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Love this colour. My nana taught me how to knit at a very early age, as well as embroidery and flower making. weekends and school holidays were always fun and never boring

  • john prendergast August 18, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I don’t knit entering for my wife who like to knit soft toys

  • Pam Smith August 20, 2018 at 9:47 am

    My grandmother taught me but I’m afraid it’s not a skill I’ve kept up. I’d love to start again

  • charlotte August 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    my mum taught me to knit when i was younger

  • Lynn Neal August 21, 2018 at 9:18 am

    My Nan taught me to knit when I was about seven because I wanted to make clothes for my dolls!

  • Ruth Harwood August 21, 2018 at 10:47 am

    When we were little my younger brother and I learned from our mum, when my other brother arrived though (he’s 9 years younger than me) there wasn’t much time, so I kinda had to learn again from scratch when my son was about 6, and we all have a go at least once a week, it’s a useful skill and fun too x

  • richard hill August 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    self taught clever me

  • Kate O'Neill August 22, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    My mum tried to teach me when I was about 6, but as we were both impatient, it didn’t end well. I told a lovely dinner lady (the lovely Mrs Elliot) at school about it after the aborted attempt, and so she brought needles and yarn in and got me started

  • Christine Dodd August 22, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    My mum was an excellent knitter and passed on the skill to me from about age 10

  • Nancy Bradford August 23, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I learned years ago in Girl Scouts and have recently taken it up again. I’d like to knit a throw for my daughter’s room.

  • Katie b August 24, 2018 at 1:20 am

    My dad taught me how to knit! But since then one of my friends has given me a few lessons too.

  • Sarah Cooper August 24, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    My mum

  • JULIE WARD August 24, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    My grandma, usually a scarf using up bits of wool

  • A.E. ADKINS August 26, 2018 at 8:30 am

    My Mum ad her Mum taught me to knit between them – it took a while but I always have knitted project on the go, currently Twiddlemuffs for Alzheimer sufferers and hats for the homeless. Desperately want to learn how to crochet.

  • Laura Jones August 26, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    my mum taught me basic knitting skills but i taught myself aran and lace knitting

  • Annette Haden August 26, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    My mum taught me to knit when I was little. I then taught my children and now my grandchildren want me to teach them too.

  • Rachel Butterworth August 28, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    My neighbour Margaret taught me to knit.

  • Niki Marie Wardle August 28, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    my nana taught me how to knit, although I now prefer crochet.

  • Carole Nott August 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I learnt how to knit when I was very young – my mum taught me all the moves

  • Katie Harmer August 29, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve been a knitter ever since a child, my Mum taught me and I have made many things since childhood. I love to crochet too. There is nothing more satisfying then when it turns cold you can knit yourself a warm hat in a few days and then you have it to wear throughout winter.

  • Maggie Ali August 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    My gran taught me to knit and crochet when I was about 10-11. I still remember my first ever scarf, can’t say it was perfect but I was a child 🙂

  • Christine Lockley August 30, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    My mum taught me to knit, I don’t think I’ll ever have her patience or skill

  • JULIE BANKS August 31, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    My Nana taught me to knit and crochet, my first item was a knitted dishcloth.

  • Caron Twyman August 31, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    My grandma taught me to knit years ago.

  • Rebecca Whatmore August 31, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    It is a hobby I want to take up

  • janine atkin September 1, 2018 at 7:31 am

    my gran taught me 🙂

  • Catherine Spencer September 1, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I was never really interested in learning how to knit so my mum gave up teaching me. Years later she taught my daughter instead who is now teaching me and doing tutorials on Youtube x

  • Susan Smith September 1, 2018 at 11:49 am

    My Nanny taught me to knit, she thought it would keep me occupied when i went to stay with her, she had loads of different balls of wool and i knitted her a scarf, and she always wore it in the winter, i am sure she was proud of my effort

  • DAWN HULL September 1, 2018 at 11:54 am

    It was my mother who taught me to knit when I was young.

  • Amanda Goddard September 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    My lovely nan taught me how to knit although i must admit i can only knit scarfs.

  • ANNE BAXTER September 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Count me in please. This is a lovely colour. It would be lovely to knit something with it.

  • Mildred Watchman September 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    My great auntie Milly taught me how to knit when I was four. She was the most patient teacher. I taught my boys how to knit also.

  • Jenny Rogers September 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    My mom taught me to knit, a very long time ago, and I still enjoy making things from those gorgeous balls of wool.

  • sheri Darby September 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    They tried to teach me at school, but it didn’t work, so my mum taught me

  • Kim Lam September 1, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I taught myself to knit and crochet from a “how to” book

  • Susan Willshee September 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    My mum taught me to knit. She’s in her 90’s now but still knits every day because she’s so good at it that everyone asks her to knit jumpers and cardigans for them. She’s always got at least 3 bits of work on the go.

  • Fiona Johnstone September 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I learned to knit at primary school. My mum helped too. Love knitting.

  • DENISE WILDEN September 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    My grandmother taught me to knit but i’m not that good at it

  • Jennifer Turnbull September 1, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    My aunt taught me to knit when I was 5 years old I vividly remember the scarf I made with a rainbow of colours from scraps of wool. I have been a knitter now for 62 years, it is so relaxing and I wouldn’t know what to do with my hands if I didn’t have a pair of needles. And some wool in them xl

  • barbara September 1, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    my nanna tought me to knit whwn I was 6 or 7

  • Maria Jane Knight September 1, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I learnt how to knit at school, we had a German needlework / design tech teacher and she was brilliant!

  • Emma Middleton September 1, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    My nan and one of my neighbours taught me, we used to go round to her house for wool and she helped us every week with the next stage

  • Su Brett September 2, 2018 at 12:22 am

    My mum taught me the basics then when I was older a friend taught me more complicated stitches

  • Heli L September 2, 2018 at 12:25 am

    My mum and aunties. It’s been a while though but I’d love to get back to knitting so I can start teaching my own daughter now.

  • ellie spider September 2, 2018 at 12:38 am

    my nan tried to teach me to knit but didnt succeed but both my sisters knit

  • Louise A September 2, 2018 at 1:11 am

    My mother taught me to knit a LONG time ago but I’m better at crochet than knitting. My sister is a brilliant knitter, the sort that can watch tv etc without looking at her knitting

  • Cathryn Crawshaw September 2, 2018 at 7:58 am

    my mom taught me to knit when I was about 10

  • Samantha Atherton September 2, 2018 at 10:07 am

    My Nan and Great Aunt taught me to knit when I was a child. We used to knit squares and then my Aunt would attach them together to make blankets for less fortunate people.

  • carol boffey September 2, 2018 at 10:56 am

    MY NAN TAUGHT ME WHEN I WAS 8

  • charlotte wilde September 2, 2018 at 11:11 am

    i kind of taught myself with the help pf you tube, but with my mum to run to for help and unpicking when things go wrong!

  • christine WESTLAKE September 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    my mother taught me to knit, then my grandmother taught me to follow a pattern

  • laura stewart September 2, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    my grandma 🙂 xx

  • Catherine Gregory September 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    My Mum taught me

  • Natalie Gray September 2, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    My nan taught me to knit when I was little but unfortunately I never stuck to it, she is currently knitting a cardigan for my 1 year old daughter and little dolly clothes for her so I would love to sit down and learn again from her so I can teach my daughter when she’s older xxx

  • Amy Jo McLellan September 2, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    My colleague Helen! I’d share this prize with her 🙂

  • Trees September 2, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    My Mum taught me to knit and crochet, but some of my friends also knit, so over the years they have added to my knitting knowledge :0)

  • Justine Meyer September 2, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    i have been knitting since about 4 years old and have recently learnt to crochet

  • Holly G September 2, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    My granny taught me to knit when I was younger but then a few years ago I taught myself to crochet by following YouTube tutorials. I have since fell in love with crochet and love making my kids stuff! My daughter would definitely love this for a blanket!

  • Natalie Crossan September 2, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    My Mum is a fantastic knitter – she is a knitting whizz and I am very envious!`

  • Fiona jk42 September 2, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    My grandmother tried to teach me how to knit, but I never got very good at it. She also taught me how to crochet, and I love doing crochet and am reasonably good at it. I wish I’d perservered with the knitting as I often see patterns I’d like to make.

  • Rachel Craig September 2, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    I was taught how to knit by teacher /s when at primary school. A good skill to learn.

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