Knitting rhyme

My boys spent their early years in the Steiner school in South east England.

In Steiner education, children spend a lot time in art, music and handwork.

Handwork? Yes, they did hand dyeing, spinning and weaving, felting, sewing, cross stitching and of course, they learned to knit and crochet.

First lesson: make your tool.

They made their own knitting needles with wood sticks and beads. Wood beads! What a nice idea.

Then you learn this rhyme.

In goes the huntsman (insert a knitting needle on your right hand)
Round the tree goes the dog (yarn around the needle)
Out pops the rabbit (take the yarn through the loop)
And off we go (pull the yarn out)

Isn’t it sweet? There are other versions of knitting rhymes, but this one my children taught me is my favorite.

My younger son made this when he was about 10.


He struggled a little when he was knitting. The stitches became tighter and tighter for some reason. I gave him a slightly larger needle and he alternated with the needle he was originally using. It worked well.

I think he made a rather sweet looking cat.

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