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annie and the swiss cheese scarfMy daughter, who is three and a half, really wishes she could knit. I think it’s as much about doing something that she sees me enjoying and spending a lot of time on as it is her actually wanting to learn, but I think it’s really sweet that she pretends to knit (and that it involves a lot less banging of needles onto tables like it used to when she would pretend to knit).

It’s not quite time for her to learn yet, but when it is I’ll be glad to have a copy of Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos handy.

This book is about a little girl who wants to learn to knit like her mom, but is quickly frustrated when her pink scarf doesn’t come out looking anything like mom’s perfect knitting.

I happen to have two copies of this book, so one of you can check it out, too. Actually, this giveaway is for the deluxe edition, which includes the book, a puzzle, stickers and a paper doll set, all in a gift box ready to hand over to a little one in your life who wants to learn how to knit.

For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, March 17. I’d love to know when you learned to knit. I think I was around 10, but I actually don’t remember!

Thanks for visiting and good luck.

By Sarah White

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80 Comments so far

  1. Carrie Strope Sohayda on March 11, 2013 11:57 am

    I haven’t yet learned to knit because I have heard it’s harder than crochet. Plus, my grandmother used to crochet ALL the time and taught me. Although I forgot how, I recently took a few classes to refresh my memory and have really been enjoying it! I hope to take up knitting next :)

  2. Dianne LaDow on March 11, 2013 12:01 pm

    At the age of 71 it is hard to remember that far back but it seems like all my life. I don’t need the book but I have a grand daughter who I am teaching to knit, having conquered crochet. Her daughter, Gwendolyn, is trying to learn along with her mom. She gets very discouraged so I thought that this book would be perfect for her.

  3. Katie on March 11, 2013 12:30 pm

    I learned how to knit when I was about 8 or 9. I never did get the hang of it though. My work was constantly changing shape as I dropped and picked up stitches. I have only recently taken up knitting as an adult and I am sure my little girls would love a book like this.

  4. Tiffany on March 11, 2013 12:32 pm

    I learned to knit after my sophomore year of college. It took me forever to realize the difference between garter and stockinette. I have a few little cousins that would probably love this book.

  5. jonquil on March 11, 2013 12:45 pm

    I learned to knit when my daughter was very young, so that I could knit a blanket for her (she’s 27 now).

  6. Kim Prucha on March 11, 2013 12:45 pm

    I learned to knit at about the age of 8 or 9.
    I’d love to have this book. I’ve taught knitting to children in the past. It’s very rewarding to see their faces when they accomplish a new craft!
    Thanks for the review!

  7. Beth on March 11, 2013 1:16 pm

    I haven’t learned to knit ever. That’s why I would need a book for my 9 yr old daughter who really wants to learn. She would love this! They don’t sale kits in the store for kids on knitting like they do for crocheting and looping.

  8. Kristina on March 11, 2013 1:18 pm

    I started knitting about 8 years ago. I love it. It is great relax therapy for me. I have a 2 1/2 year old grandaughter. She is so facsinated by my knitting. We need to keep it going to future generations

  9. Katy on March 11, 2013 1:32 pm

    I learned to knit as a teen, but my grandmother tried many times when I was around 7-8 to teach me to crochet, and I would get very frustrated and quit every time! Now I have a little girl who tries to knit and crochet like me.

  10. Karen Wicker on March 11, 2013 1:47 pm

    my mil taught me to do a granny square when i got married at 15.the granny square was all she knew how to do.so off to the library i went.i learned to further my crochet learning and learn to knit from looking at the library books.that was 36 yrs ago.i love to knit,crochet,and bead..i am in the process of teaching my granddaughters to knit and crochet.the 11 yr old prefers to crochet and the 8 yr old prefers knitting.but as long as i can teach them the art still lives on

  11. Zil on March 11, 2013 2:21 pm

    I learned to knit when I was about 8 or 9. Being left handed, I used to knit part way along a row then back right handed! I soon got it though and have knitted for over 55 years now.

  12. Itashka on March 11, 2013 2:29 pm

    I learned how to Knit in 4-H when I was little. I am thinking 9 or 10. I relearned again a few years ago. I would love to share the book with my nieces.

  13. HippieMamaKelly on March 11, 2013 3:50 pm

    This sounds to be a perfect addition for my family! I learned just about 3 years ago from a good friend after wanting to learn for years! This past year I have taught my 6 year old son, and 5 year old daughter how to finger knit. Now they are begging to learn how to “real knit”.

  14. Cait Voegeli on March 11, 2013 4:06 pm

    I even think this would be a great book for my son. He is always interested in what I am doing..

  15. patricia on March 11, 2013 4:15 pm

    I taught myself to knit just 2yrs ago. I wish that I had someone to teach me when I was young, it would have been easier. Children pick up on things much faster than we adults!

  16. ellen lai on March 11, 2013 5:00 pm

    I have done 2 knitting projects -a scarf and a small bag. I still have the bag which i did in a class when I’m about 30, but not the scarf when i first learn to knit from my grandma as a child. But i am just not confident to do another one on my own, so i can’t teach my girls to knit.

  17. jessicac on March 11, 2013 5:17 pm

    I learned to knit in my late 20′s, but I really wish I had learned from one of my grandmas when I was little.. so missed out on that! Thanks for the chance!

  18. Sherry on March 11, 2013 6:33 pm

    My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 8. I am now knitting for my grandchildren. I just finished a sweater or each of them! One is 4 and the other is just 6 months. I would love to share this book with the 4 year old! She has tried knitting with me too. I can’t wait until she is old enough to learn!

  19. Debra Lee on March 11, 2013 8:43 pm

    I’m still in the learning stage myself!

  20. Victoria Barr on March 11, 2013 8:47 pm

    I learned to knit at age 35 and I’m 37 now. I bought some really shiny yarn and I wanted a scarf out of it so I took a class at my local Michaels.

  21. judigo on March 11, 2013 9:17 pm

    I learned to knit from a Catholic nun in grade 4 – it was part of the curriculum and I made a washcloth. I still remember her pointing out an error in my square when another adult came into the class to view our work – oh, the embarrassment I felt!! Amazing I’m still at it 40 years later.

  22. Candlepick on March 11, 2013 11:44 pm

    I believe I was 10 or 12. Mamaw taught me then, and I retaught myself later in order to emulate Aunt Hazel, who was an amazing knitter.

  23. Roylene Neal on March 12, 2013 12:25 am

    I learned to crochet first when I was 6 and taught myself how to knit at 19. My daughters are not interested in either, but that’s ok because my granddaughters seem to be!

  24. cathy on March 12, 2013 12:54 am

    Knitting didn’t come easy to me when I was young – dolls wore little clothes that took me weeks to make. I made a spotty jumper for myself as a teenager which took me a year to make, good job my knitting always comes out bigger than it’s supposed to! I’ve gotten better at knitting over the years – producing perfect little garments for my babies and now their dolls. Admitedly still takes me forever to create them though!
    My daughters would love to learn to knit and I’m sure would enjoy this book.

  25. Wendy Hatton on March 12, 2013 1:14 am

    I can remember when I learned to knit but I was probably around 10 too. My grandma was a wonderful knitter- very quick and beautifully perfect tension.

  26. Eden on March 12, 2013 1:24 am

    I have never been much of a knitter, more of a loomer. I would love this for my daughter so we could learn together.

  27. Robin D on March 12, 2013 2:56 am

    I was a teenager when I learned many years ago :)
    My granddaughter would love this. She is 5 and wants to learn to knit so bad. I have several pictures of her trying.

  28. Claire C on March 12, 2013 3:06 am

    I learned to knit when was about 7 with my Grandmother, we used to have fun doing it together. I tried to get my daughter started but I had no success with her, but now my Granddaughter is coming up to the same age I was with my Grandmother and the help of this book perhaps I will have more success with her.

  29. Jaan L on March 12, 2013 3:33 am

    I actually learned to knit from my Home Ec. teacher in the 7th Grade. She was a wonderful teacher.

  30. Judy D on March 12, 2013 4:46 am

    I learned to knit when I was 16, at a local department store along with my best friend. Some older ladies would meet once a week to knit and visit in the furniture section of the store. They were so delighted to teach a couple of teenagers. My mom had taught me crochet and embroidery when I was around 7 or 8, but no one in my family knitted. Now I have a 6 year old granddaughter that wants to learn how to do all the types of needlework that her Meme does, and I love trying to teach her. Would love to win the book for her.

  31. Anastasia on March 12, 2013 4:52 am

    I learned first with my Grandma when I was little, but I rebelled against her early on. She also taught me piano, which I can’t play. Years later I learned at the Lutheran Youth Gathering and promptly forgot again. In 2011 I stuck with it. My grandma is 1000+ miles away so I had to relearn via the Internet.

  32. Ellen on March 12, 2013 5:05 am

    My grandmother taught my when I was five years old. She would rip back to my mistakes and make me start again. I hated it then. I appreciate the lesson now. She made me a perfectionist, but that means more beautiful knit and crochet pieces!
    I teach knitting and crochet and would love to have that book to share.

  33. Tracey on March 12, 2013 5:06 am

    Both my kids learned how to knit at 6, but to see someone struggling with it like they do would certainly make them feel good about their work.

  34. Megan Karetny on March 12, 2013 5:21 am

    I’m learning to knit now at 37, hehe. My daughter is 2 & as soon as she can handle a needle she’ll learn too! Thanks for this, it looks cute!!!

  35. Sarah on March 12, 2013 5:44 am

    I learned to knit in college, but I would love to be able to teach my kids (aged 2 and 3) in a couple of years. They currently pretend to knit by wrapping yarn around things.

  36. ga447 on March 12, 2013 5:50 am

    I learned to knit in my late 30′s and just stopped. Now I am retired and I just started knitting again, it is so relaxing.

  37. Maryanne on March 12, 2013 6:11 am

    I learned to knit from my grandmother when I was maybe 6 or so. She was always doing some kind of needlework, when she wasn’t cooking, etc., and I remember pestering her until she showed me one day. I didn’t really take to knitting until I was in my teens, though.

  38. Becky on March 12, 2013 7:04 am

    About 50 years ago in a small West Texas town, the local doctor’s wife owned a yarn shop. I still remember that feeling of awe stepping into the floor to ceilng display of color. I wanted to knit. I used my allowance money for lessons since nobody I knew could knit. I worked hard all summer and ended up with several pieces of what was supposed to be a sweater. The project was much too ambitious, but my love of knitting began. Years later I kearned as most of us do, on a scarf. Someday I hope my granddaughter will want to learn. She is 2 now, but I want to inspire her and she loves books.

  39. Jowyn Jenson on March 12, 2013 7:22 am

    I learned to knit aged 5 or 6. My mum (RIP) taught me. My first project was a very holey doll’s pram blanket. I can see it now with all the dropped stitched. It was knitted in a yellow/brown/black variegated yarn and looked like a bee! This would be a good book for my niece who wants to learn to knit.

  40. Anne Marie on March 12, 2013 7:33 am

    I learned to knit when I was 4. A way to occupy me and my siblings while my parents attended a funeral. My 8 year old is making a Swiss Cheese Scarf right now! Would love this book for her.

  41. cguard(on rav) on March 12, 2013 7:40 am

    The first time I learned to knit my step mother taught me. I ended up with a sad (now funny) triangular snood full of mysterious increases and decreases. Then my dad in an act of genourosity paid for me to take a class at a shop where I ended up with a gorgeous sweater which it wasnt until my 3rd try knitting I realized the shop lady did most of the knitting (as she frogged and reknit for me). I would love this book to share with my preschoolers.

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  43. Emily W. on March 12, 2013 7:44 am

    My grandmother taught me to knit around age 13, but I never really got into it. When I was 34, I decided to try it again, and it stuck! Now I knit in my grandmother’s memory.

  44. Knitting Teresa on March 12, 2013 7:46 am

    I learn to knit a little the summer I was 10 years old. I didn’t pick it back up until 40 years later. You will be amazed how much came back to me. I been knitting everyday now for about 6 years. I would love to win this book to give to my great niece. She loves to play with my leftover balls of yarn.

  45. Susan Shamekh on March 12, 2013 7:57 am

    I learned to knit in high school (home economics). I am going to become a Grandma for the first time and I have started collecting children’s books. I look forward to reading stories to my grand daughter! Your give away would be a welcome addition to my collection!

  46. Rosalyn on March 12, 2013 8:07 am

    I have a granddaughter who is fascinated with my craftroom and the knitting needles. She pretends to knit along with me. I would love to win this as a gift for her birthday…thank you…how does it get any better than this.

  47. Garyfallia on March 12, 2013 8:35 am

    I learn to knit around the age of 26-28 years old. But my grandmother taught me how to crochet at around the age of 6. When recently I tried to crochet something my hands where flowing much easier than when I knit

  48. Heidi on March 12, 2013 8:46 am

    I learned to knit as an adult with a group of friends from church. My grandma had taught me to crochet as a child, so I was used to how that looked, but the way knitting looks has always fascinated me.

  49. Andrea on March 12, 2013 8:48 am

    The first project I remember was a sweater I knit in highschool – it was so tight you couldn’t pour water through it!

  50. Missy K. on March 12, 2013 9:03 am

    I would love this book.

  51. Kathy on March 12, 2013 9:08 am

    I learned to knot about 5 years ago but both my younger daughters want o do what mommy is doing. This book sounds adorable for both of them.

  52. Anna on March 12, 2013 9:09 am

    I tried knitting when I was in elementary school but I couldn’t seem to get the rows to be the same length :) I hope my niece can do better!

  53. Lori Morton on March 12, 2013 10:07 am

    I’m a new knitter….and very slow! lol But I enjoy it alot. My 6 yr old Grangirlie would love this book….maybe it will help me improve while she learns! Waaaay cool! :)

  54. Georgina on March 12, 2013 10:29 am

    I am still very much learning but the first time was when I was about 12.
    Hoping my little one will be better than her Momma ????

  55. Vivian on March 12, 2013 10:34 am

    I learned to knit when I was in 4th grade. My first project was a lap blanket made in white and a strange redish-orange yarn. After knitting (no purls as I didn’t know how to do them yet) all the strips I sat with a crochet hook and “hooked” them together using the bumps along the edges then added fringe. With the leftover yarn I made a hat that was rectangular with strings to tie under my chin. How do I remember this?…I don’t…I still have them in safe storage and get them out when teaching kids to knit.

  56. Mary Mac on March 12, 2013 11:08 am

    My mother taught me to knit when I was around 10-12. I made my own barbie doll clothes. I still have them. I would love to have this book for my 10 year old niece.

  57. lyn lewis on March 12, 2013 11:33 am

    Mum tried to teach me when I was about 12 but I had no concentration for it then and I gave up, as soon as stitches dropped off my needles!
    I self taught myself when I was first pregnant at 31……..and had no idea it was SO therapeutic……yes, despite runaway stitches from time to time!

  58. Stephanie E on March 12, 2013 12:37 pm

    I was around 16 when I learned to knit. Since then I haven’t looked back! Knitting is soothing and gives me something to do when we watch movies.

  59. joyce on March 12, 2013 1:24 pm

    I believe that I was about 10 also when my mom and a friend of hers taught me how to knit. I am so glad that they did. I have taught one of my daughters how and look forward to teaching grandkids.

  60. Heather on March 12, 2013 1:32 pm

    I learned to knit when I was 10. My grandmother taught me. It was one of the many things she taught my sisters and me so that we would be well prepared wives–ironing sheets, hemming pants and making meat pie were some of the others.

  61. Andrea on March 12, 2013 1:37 pm

    I learned when I was 28 and in nursing school. I needed something to keep my hands occupied while I re-listened to the lectures I had recorded. It was great at keeping me focused on listening – my grades were fabulous after that!

  62. Sue on March 12, 2013 6:56 pm

    I knit first at age 9/10 then started again at 10/11 and have been keen on knitting ever since! I recall taking a book out of the library when I was 11 and teaching myself how to purl, so I had a unique style until recently when I polished my purl technique thanks to youtube videos!

  63. Jane T on March 12, 2013 10:10 pm

    Perhaps if I win this, I can learn to knit from it. Then, I could teach my grands how to knit. I think the 4 and 3 year old granddaughters might learn as well.

  64. Gil Crews on March 13, 2013 6:07 am

    I think I was around 12.

  65. Marseille on March 13, 2013 11:56 am

    I learned to knit around 16…but I learned to crochet at 9. I chose crochet first, ’cause that’s what my mom did. But I’d always wanted to learn to knit, as well. :)

  66. Pam on March 13, 2013 4:42 pm

    I learned throwing knitting at around 8 or 9 years old. In the past few years I have taught myself continental which has helped reduce repetitive motion wrist strain. My 2 year old daughter is very interested in learning how to knit. I don’t want to get her started too early as I do not want it to frustrated her. She is very much intrigued by yarn and always asks to hold the ball I am working with! :)

  67. Judith (from Israel) on March 14, 2013 12:10 am

    I learned to knit when I was 14 years old.

  68. Angela on March 14, 2013 3:46 am

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway! I learned in school, around 8 years, but have forgotten most of it. I would love to teach my daughter though :-)

  69. Christina on March 14, 2013 5:03 am

    I learned to knit a few times as a teenager before it stuck.

  70. Jolene Lew on March 14, 2013 10:25 am

    I learnt to knit when I was about 8 or 9yrs. I didn’t know how to appreciate and got bored after some time so I stopped. Now, I’m starting to craft more again and decided to pick up knitting again. I haven’t started yet though.

  71. Cindy Steinberg on March 14, 2013 4:14 pm

    I’m so looking forward to teaching my grand kids to knit!

  72. Jennnn on March 14, 2013 6:50 pm

    I really learned how to knit about three-ish years ago (late 20′s right now). Before that, my mom used to knit only garter stitch scarfs and tried to teach me (I was a preteen), but I didn’t really get into it. So, three-ish years ago I wanted to pick up something to keep me out of trouble; knitting looked cheap and there were a lot of on-line videos, so I went for it. Never looked back :)

  73. Bea on March 14, 2013 8:47 pm

    My grandma taught me when I was eleven, first thing I made was a dodgy scarf but my dad still wears it proudly!

  74. Sandra C on March 14, 2013 9:47 pm

    My aunt taught me a few years ago.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Gina-Louise Sciarra on March 15, 2013 5:51 am

    I learned shortly before my wedding at age 32. It helped me calm my wedding planning anxiety. I have a 3.5 year old that also wants to learn, and practices with anything she can find. She also loves to read and would love to bring that book into her school, where they have angora bunnies and are learning spinning and felting.

  76. Giuliain Lisbon on March 15, 2013 6:43 am

    I was 6 years old and my grandmother was so patient to help me and taught all the basics. Till now, when I knit, I always remember all the fun I had with her.

  77. Jean G. on March 15, 2013 10:20 am

    Took a knitting class in my early 20′s, never did finish that project.

  78. Dinonut on March 16, 2013 3:55 am

    My right-handed mother taught me to knit when I was about 5 years old. I am left-handed and it was too difficult to learn how to transfer it to my left hand, so I knit right-handed. It may not sound like a problem but, later when she taought me to crochet, since it only used one needle/hook, I could adapt it to my left hand. The problem comes when I’m trying to complete a project and have to use a crochet hook to pick up stitches–IT’S ALWAYS BACKWARDS. So I’ve learned to turn the garment inside out and work from the other direction. When I turn the garment right side out, ta da the working end of the yarn is at the beginning of the needle!

  79. Linda DeJesus on March 16, 2013 7:52 am

    I had one grandmother that knitted and the other one crocheted….so I learned from both of them at an early age (don’t really remember how old I was, though!) I caught on to crochet much faster, but in the last couple of years I have grown to love knitting even more and now knit almost exclusively! My 5 year old daughter calls it “yarning” and she always wants to sit and “yarn” with me and try to do it herself. It is so cute the way she clicks the needles together and wraps the yarn around the needles – I have tried to teach her real knitting but have had no luck so far as she is a lefty and I am a righty. I am hoping in a couple years I will have better luck. I will not give up, though – I want to pass the love of knitting and crochet on to BOTH my girls! My oldest daughter is 7 and she has Autism, she wants to learn as well but her attention span is extremely short right now…..maybe someday she will learn, too! Thanks – hope I can win this book for my girls and I to share! Smiles – Linda

  80. vanessa on March 22, 2013 3:28 pm

    Hi, I am quite new at knitting and so addicted, it is so relaxing , my daughter sof 13 sees all my little projects and is inspired as well. I am so motivated and we will try to teach her. The cover of the book is very CUTE!!!

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