If you’ve ever tried to teach a child to knit…

French children don't drop stitches.

French children don’t drop stitches.

If you’ve ever tried (or wanted) to teach a child to knit, I have a traditional rhyme for you, from “Knitting Daughter” by Perry Klass.

For knit stitch:

Under the fence, catch the sheep, back we come, off we leap.

I could be the last knitter in the world to learn this; sometimes I’m staring out the window when instructions are being given.

And here’s a rhyme for purling, but it lacks the insouciance of the leaping sheep.

Image of knitting child from A Good Yarn – they generously offer other free images.


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