Podcast Call for Entries: Knitting School!


Did you learn to knit at school? Many schools, like Waldorf, include knitting as part of the curriculum. When I worked in a yarn shoppe in England, almost all of the older ladies that would come in had learned to knit in school. If you learned knitting as part of your education, we’d love to hear from you! Email podcast@knitpicks.com with your story. If you’re included in an upcoming podcast, you’ll win a ‘charm pack’ of free KnitPicks yarn.

Image: St. Paul. Schools. Ramsey 1917 -18


  1. Leslie backman / August 1, 2014

    I Learnt to knit from my Mother when I was about 8 years old, however, in grade 10 knitting was part of the Home Economics class and we were required to knit a sweater, that as 1970, 44 years later I have knitted several sweaters, mitts, hats, scarves, afghans and much more, no socks.

  2. Jen / August 1, 2014

    The Montessori school that by boys went to teaches them to knit using a loom and chains on their fingers. I’ve gone in and done demos on straight needles and interchangeables. Each child in Kindergarten makes a hat before they graduate. My boys really have an appreciation for what goes into making a knitted object because of this process.

  3. Kathleen / July 29, 2014

    At age 8, I learned to knit at home from my Mom. Learned to crochet from a book from my Aunt.

  4. Judy Lawrence Figuerado / July 28, 2014

    I learned to knit in my freshman year , in high school (1956) as an extra curriculum activity. We were allowed to choose our 1st project, I picked socks. Yes I got through and figured if I was able to complete that project I could do anything. Yes, I have made many many item through the years.

  5. Amy Heestand / July 28, 2014

    I did not learn to knit in school; I taught myself from books. But my father learned while in the military. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis while serving in the Air Force, and was sent to the tuberculosis hospital in Asheville, NC. This was before antibiotics were developed, and the only cure was rest, good air, good food, a good immune system, and time. To keep the guys occupied, the hospital staff taught them all kinds of hand crafts, including knitting. I still have the sweater he knit my Barbie doll when I was about 8. He made it out of leftover sock yarn that he used to make a pair of argyle socks.

  6. Gail / July 28, 2014

    My Mother taught me to knit when I was about 5-6 years old.
    If I remember, we did do some knitting at my first school – but not much.
    We did have a sewing class in my last 4 years of school.

  7. B.Russnogle / July 28, 2014

    I am 80 years old and still enjoy knitting – we learned in the 4th grade – Mrs. Jones taught us when it was too cold to go outside to play at recess. We knitted squares and she put them together and made a blanket for injured soldiers during World War II.

  8. Cynthia Whaley / July 28, 2014

    I learned to knit from my mom. I am an elementary reading teacher and at my school we have ‘Fantastic Friday’ for students who have assignments turned in and good behavior the last Friday of the month and I teach knitting. It is fun for the students and myself, I look forward to it each month.

  9. Jill Orent / July 25, 2014

    At the school that my nephew goes to there is a teacher that teaches her students how to knit. When he came here over the winter he wanted me to show him how cause his friends knew how but he didn’t. He did not have that teacher. He caught on so quick.