Published on February 16th, 2018 | by Mara


Bet We Can Guess Who Taught You to Knit!

Everyone had to start somewhere! But who taught you your first stitch? While learning to knit is a life long pursuit (always a new skill to polish), it’s important to remember where it all started! Take our quiz and see if we can guess who taught you how to knit.

Quiz Time!

When did you learn to knit?

1. As a child.

2. As a young adult.

3. Growing up, no specific time.

4. In my early teens.

5. After a few tries, as an adult.

Why do you knit?

1. It calms me.

2. It’s fun!

3. Out of habit.

4. It’s useful.

5. To express myself.

What do you love to knit the most?

1. Blankets.

2. Toys.

3. Houseware.

4. Accessories.

5. Sweaters.

What’s your favorite yarn weight?

1. Lace.

2. DK.

3. Aran.

4. Chunky.

5. Super Chunky.

What are your favorite colors to work with?

1. Classic tones.

2. I love color blocking!

3. Blues and greens.

4. Primary colors.

5. Whatever is currently trending.

Where do you like to knit?

1. At home.

2. With friends.

3. On a family holiday.

4. In class.

5. At work, on the go, at home, anywhere really!

You finished your project. What now?

1. I give it to someone I love.

2. I immediately start with my new idea.

3. I proudly show family and friends.

4. I take a break for a bit, then start with something new.

5. It’s just one of many WIPs, let’s continue!

What’s your go-to knitting beverage?

1. Classic tea.

2. Prosecco.

3. Water – to stay hydrated.

4. Soft drinks.

5. Hot chocolate with marshmallows!

What does knitting mean to you?

1. Tradition.

2. Community and fun.

3. Love.

4. Usefulness.

5. Mental health.

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Your Grandma!

Learning to knit is often a craft passed down from generation to generation! We’re guessing you wanted to uphold the tradition and learned how to knit from your dear grandma. For you it will always be more than a hobby, it’s a connection to your family!

A friend or colleague!

Knitting together is a great excuse to sit down, sip some Prosecco or coffee and chat with a friend or colleague! Learning the craft together or from one another is just as much fun as exchanging new project ideas – we think you can relate.

A Parent!

It’s a parent’s job to teach us valuable, useful skills and knitting is definitely among those! Not only is it a great time spent with family, it’s also a great asset when building your own comfy home away from home. We’re guessing your mom or dad played a vital row in you learning to knit.

In School!

As much as we all loved to complain while we were still in school, there are one or two things we will always cherish. One of them is learning the basic crafting essentials – knitting included! Are you among those grateful for the skills learned in school?


Curiosity brought you to books, videos, and blogs to learn everything about knitting! For you it’s all about de-stressing and expressing yourself. You like to get comfy with your knitting and take some well deserved you-time. Questions about where you bought your cool new sweater won’t get boring either!

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Last updated: February 21st, 2018.

187 Responses to Bet We Can Guess Who Taught You to Knit!

  1. BOBBIE MATELA says:

    Thanks for asking!

    • Patricia says:

      My Great Granny taught me to knit and to bake both of which make me feel loved as I bake and knit for people I love.

    • Caroline says:

      No Taught by my mother. My school teacher sent me home with a note saying she caught teach me many things but left handed knitting was outside her skills.

  2. Liz C says:

    Grandma? No. Apparently I taught myself to knit as a 2-3 year old just by watching my mother knit. Then I learnt to knit a cable pattern jumper for my dolly by watching a lady knitting a cable pattern jumper on the train. She was sitting opposite me. I was four years old. Knitting was in my genes. You missed that option… 🙁

    • Andrena PORTER says:

      Same for me, except my first jumper was fair isle when I was 7.

      • Karen Gilbertson says:

        Me too. My first was a sweater in fair isle at 10 years. I learnt by watching my mum and she would help me if I dropped a stitch or needed help with anything tricky.

    • Marjorie Hendrickson says:

      No Grandmothers to teach me. Don’t remember “learning”. Mother let me use some of her “sticks and string”, and I imitated her as best I could. Been knitting, crocheting ever since. Still have a problem following directions. To me a pattern is just as suggestion, I seem to always find “better”, to me, of doing what needs to be done.

  3. Linda says:

    Grandma, no. My older school teacher Aunt Flo. One summer she taught me very basic. Then I winged it on my own. I knit to keep from killing my family.

  4. ritainalaska says:

    right on! granma did teach me … more than 70 years ago. sadly, not one of my daughters, grands or greats have wanted to learn.

    • Breenah says:

      My grandma knew how to knit, but quit so by the time I came along and wanted to know, she had forgotten everything. I taught myself because I know nobody else who knows how. On the plus side, I have YouTube available.

    • Granny B says:

      I’m like you my Nana taught me about sixty five years ago and none of my two daughters or granddaughter have any interest in crafts or knitting. My daughter didn’t even want hand knits when my grandchildren were born.

  5. Liz A. says:

    I got In School. But nope. My great-grandmother taught me. (My grandmother never picked it up from her mother. The skill skipped two generations.

  6. Marian Neil says:

    No. Gran couldn’t knit or sew. Learned at school and by experimenting.

  7. e.maginn says:

    No I taught myself

  8. Elaine Loverock says:

    Wrong, my auntie taught me when I was about eight years old.
    I used to make dolls clothes and progressed from there.

    • Janet says:

      Me too, My mums friend taught me , I called her auntie and knitted dolls clothes. Neither my grandma or my mum knitted. I had to knit my school jumper. My twin sister has only recently started knitting, now she’s heading towards 70yrs. Her tension is beautiful so much better than mine.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    My Grandma(s) couldn’t knit. I was taught at school when I was 6 years old and we made plain 4inch squares which the teacher made into a blanket for WW2 refugees.

  10. Linda Goodman says:

    My mum and grandma taught me to knit when I was 4, I still love knitting as much now as I did then

  11. Cathy says:

    I am sorry to say but, your quiz was wrong, it was not my Grandma, who taught me to knit. It was my mother.

  12. Shirley says:

    A family friend taught me not my grandma.

    • Sherry says:

      A dear friend taught me how to knit. She has since passed away and I remember her every time I pick up my needles.

    • Ailsa says:

      Much the same here – when I was 7 and 8 I went to the home of one of my class-mates after school till one of my parents was in. His mother knitted, and showed me the basics. Some 30 years later I picked it up again…

  13. bridi01@ says:

    No, mother and aunts Betty taught me.

  14. Margaret Sercombe says:

    My teacher at school taught me to knit when I was aged seven and I loved knitting from the beginning, I shall be forever grateful to my teacher, I can remember that day now 66 years later

  15. Helen says:

    No, my Grandma died while I was still a baby. Mum taught me, but I have started to teach two of my young grandchildren, who are eager to learn.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I was taught at school when I was 7 years old. We each made 4 inch squares whuch the teacher sewed into a bkanket for WW2 victims of bombing. Neither of my Grandma’s did knitting and only ever darned socks.

  17. Monica says:

    No not my grandmother! Both my grandmothers had died by the time I was born! My older sister taught me to knit. I was 5 and she was 14. She later became a primary school teacher.

  18. Margaret Sercombe says:

    My teacher at school taught me to knit when I was aged seven. I loved to knit from that day and I shall be forever grateful to her. I can remember that day now 66 years later.

  19. Kate Crockford says:

    Not grandma, being left handed meant that no-one in the family could or would try to help, I learnt by sitting opposite knitters, copying & asking endless questions.
    When I was younger lots of ladies knitted on buses & trains so it was easy to get involved, they would occasionally bring me odd balls of wool & old needles, I was very lucky!!!

  20. Hilaryk says:

    No it wasnt one of my grandmas it was my mam. She was a kind: sensitive and patient person and excellent knitter. She also taught my children only one has kept this up along with myself.

  21. Jan McLean says:

    No – noy self-taught – my grandmother taught me when I was 4! I made a pink singlet for my doll, Nell! Then I moved up to a cardigan for myself – at 6. I can still remember the stitch it was made in. Knitting has been my constant companion ever since – through times of grief, happiness and everything in-between. Still find it a wonderful mode of self-expression.

  22. Anne Parfitt says:

    Yes my Grandma. I remember she had a lovely under stairs cupboard where she kept all her crafts and was full of interesting things. Cured rabbit skins etc. She taught all four sisters. I’m 71 now so a very long time ago.!!

  23. Margaret Sercombe says:

    My teacher at school taught me to knit when I was aged seven. I loved knitting from then on and I shall be forever grateful to her. I can remember that day 66 years ago.

  24. Ann says:

    No not grandma but my mum when I was 4. That was 50 odd years ago and there is hardly a day goes by when I don’t knit. Mum still knits everyday too and she’s 83. It’s so good for our mental wellbeing. As mum says ‘you can put the world to rights with a bit of knitting ‘. I think it gives you time to think

  25. M.A, Archibald says:

    No sorry. I learned the basics from Miss Peacock at school when I was 6/7 then learned the rest myself as I went on. I’m 72 now and still love knitting. Have knitted shawls for all my grandchildren and have some knitted already for the next generation also. Love knitting traditional Aran sweaters the most.

  26. Glenda says:

    Wrong it was not my grandma. My Mum taught me to knit as a small child.

  27. Lesley Dutch says:

    I got grandma but I cannot remember either of them knitting. I am of the generation who were taught in primary school, along with sewing an apron to take with you for cookery lessons in secondary school.

    • Vivien says:

      Likewise, I got Grandma, but was taught at school – and hated it.
      Grandma taught me to crochet, but it was a boring trip on the train from Plymouth to Aberdeen on Easter Sunday that drove me to knitting. Borrowed my mum’s knitting pattern, needles and wool and it took me most of the trip to knit 1 bootie for a baby (not even a pair!!). I now knit a bit faster!!

  28. Carol says:

    Grandma? Wrong!! She couldn’t knit or sew. Great-aunt taught me basics when I was 4, self-taught making dolls clothes, after that up to semi-professional level, knitting for a Surrey designer , now making baby clothes for charities and given with love. So, I knit for lots of reasons, but quiz only allowed one option

  29. Dirtgirl says:

    Definitely not my grandma – I never knew either of my grandmas, both already deceased by the time I appeared. Both my mother and father taught me to knit! My father was in the Royal Navy during the war and had been taught to knit, he in turn passed on his skills to me and I have been knitting ( & crocheting) for the past 62 yrs.

    I have recently shown my 4 yr old granddaughter the basics of knitting, as she loves to sit and watch me knit.

  30. Jenny says:

    No, not my grandmother but my mum. I learnt as a five year old and was knitting my own jumpers by the age of ten. Now I’m enjoying teaching my grandchildren, my daughters do knit, but as I have more time, they have allowed me the joy of passing on my skills.

  31. Wendy says:

    Not my Grandma but my mother when I was very small.

  32. Jenni says:

    Sorry, not Grandma. As a child my cousin taught me to knit. At the time he was a captain in the army and knitted to relax. I will be forever grateful.

  33. Kristine Raffan says:

    Bless my farm nana!!!! She taught me to knit, crochet, tapestry, cross stitch and tatting by the time I was 5 yrs old. Since then I always have to be doing something with my hands. Most of it goes to charity fairs as it is a good way to raise needed funds.


    Sorry not my Grandma I learnt mostly at school when I was very small and have been knitting ever since

  35. Angela says:

    I can pinpoint the exact hour and date: 5am 2 Jan 1965! I was 5y 8mths old, I’d received a small basket containing tiny knitting needles and balls of wool from a relative for Christmas; my mum was in labour in the front room of our house and my dad had woken me up to be ready to meet my new sibling. I sat on his knee in the back room in front of an unlit coal fire and he taught me to knit. Only now, when it’s too late to ask, I wonder how HE came to know how!

  36. Brenda Briggs says:

    My mother taught me to knit when i was 5. Have always loved knitting lots of different things cloths for my self and knitted for friends. Spent over 17 years whilst working at school teaching boys and girls aged 7 – 11 to knit.

  37. Helen Gage says:

    Like a lot of others, it was not my Granny who taught me to knit but my Mum & an Aunt. Aunt Jean tried to teach me to crochet but I never did get the hang of it. My sister does this. We both knit & crochet for charity & do nice bright colours for Africa. Keeps us away from biscuit tin!!

  38. Carol says:

    I never knew my grandmothers. No-one else in my family can knit. I learnt the basics in junior school then I learnt the rest over time and I’m still learning at the age of 68!

  39. Astrid says:

    Self taught? No. My mother taught me, but being German she taught me the continental way, known as the German way at that time, when I proudly knitted in public as a teenager I got abuse and even in hospital in my twenties when i knitted baby clothes i was called a Nazi by a fellow patient! It wasn’t till I became disabled and moved away from London that I had the confidence to knit in public again.

    • Pamela says:

      Grandma? No. Never knew either of them. It was my mother. I taught myself to crochet. Mum felt that my sister and I should learn the skillds of a lady, which included thread work and embroidery. All are relaxing and help pass the time, as well as being both beautiful and useful.

  40. Christel says:

    As much as I would’ve loved being taught by my grandma, it’s actually in school that I learnt the craft and I’m forever greatful it was still on the curriculum when I went to school. Bet you can guess my age now as well. 🙂

  41. Marion says:

    My mother taught me when I was four and finished my first jumper at ten. In thirty years teaching textiles I have passed the neeedles to thousands of year sevens. I now have a 22 month old granddaughter and can’t wait to pass the skills on to her. She already says “”wool”!

  42. Janet says:

    Yep you’re right it was my grandma and I am so thankful to her for teaching me this wonderful skill.

  43. Rainey says:

    You’re right, it was initially my Nan when I was about 9; although I was never very good back then and I gave up in my early teens and didn’t knit for years. Then a friend bought me a “knit your own scarf” kit when I was in my mid twenties and my mother-in-law re-taught me how to do it all. I haven’t looked back and I pretty much always have a pair of socks on the go no matter what other projects I’m attempting.

  44. Catherine says:

    “In school”? Nope! My granny taught me to knit when I was tiny, then a friend taught me how to purl two decades later.

  45. Joanne says:

    My mum taught me as a child. I’m left handed so she set up a mirror so it was opposite to her right hand haha It worked. Now I teach older students@ school during our lunch break. It’s the most rewarding & heart warming activity. Parents bring their children to school early so I can cast on for them. My class room is full of Knitting Nancys!

  46. Diane says:

    No it was my mother, but grandma taught me to crochet

  47. Deborah says:

    Nope, wasn’t my grandma that taught me, t’was my older sister that taught me the basic stitches, cast on/off, knit/perl, but the for the rest I was self taught, just caught the bug! Funny my sister no longer knits, I’m not even sure she ever knitted a garment or anything 🤔

  48. Ronnie says:

    No, not my grandma, one died long before my mum was even married, the other was ancient when I was young. It was my mum, standard stuff, knitting, crochet, dressmaking, all proficient by the age of 7, so much so that my secondary school used to just tell me to get on with whatever I wanted to do in the sewing class, or instruct those that were struggling. I was lucky, mum was a ‘gown hand’ in the West End, making the one off dress, that was then sold off to the workhouses.

  49. Kay says:

    I learned to knit when I was bedridden at four years of age. I had the mumps, so Mum had to keep me busy! Throughout my teen years and early adulthood I always knitted my own scarves, jumpers, cardigans and beanies.

  50. Catherine says:

    I knit as a creative outlet-at least i like to think it is creative!- not sure that came through on the survey, useful was the nearest option…

  51. Anita Young says:

    Yes, my Nan taught me the basics. My mother did all the sewing and her mother did the knitting so that by the time I went to university I could make all my own clothes. I taught myself crochet by setting a target of one week to become proficient, and now I teach my granddaughter and will teach my younger granddaughter as she gets a bit older. These skills will always give pleasure.

  52. Jennie says:

    My dad taught me to knit when I was four years old, am now a professional knitter and designer

  53. Carole McCarthy says:

    Not my Grandma – she sadly died before I was born. My Mum taught me to knit when I was about 4. By the time I was about 9 I’d graduated to knitting jumpers and loved to go to the wool sale at the local department store. When my Mum died when I was 11 I took over an unfinished project of hers and when on to teach myself how to do aran and pictures. I’ve always have loads of projects on the go and would hate to be without one.

  54. Patbillingham says:

    I was taught to knit at school 5/6 years old started off doing squares ie;- for the war even though I was born after the war . Now I knit for my greatgrandchilren +friends children After doing squares we went on to do a hat in blue ,one big piece then joined one seam then l made a very long piece of about 8 stitches then it was stitched on the bottom ready for me to wear The next thing was baby booties

  55. Brenda Dowdell says:

    I was taught to knit and sew, by hand, at school. Will always be grateful to my teachers for their patience! Taught myself to crochet properly, at 80, loving it. Taught my daughter and a few grandsons to knit years ago.

  56. Christine says:

    It wasn’t either of my grandmas, whom I never saw knitting, but my much older cousin who taught me to knit, at the age of five. Having knitted many sweaters I took a crochet course in Australia when I was a young mother and then taught the course in the USA, translating the terms for American usage. Crochet is so much quicker and very beautiful to work but I’ve returned to knitting recently as the sweater patterns I have found are so gorgeous – all those intricate cable patterns! But knitting requires a lot more patience than knitting as it takes longer than crochet projects. Viva knitting AND crochet! Now I have to teach my grand daughter, who is five, both skills.

  57. Hilary Jones says:

    Well, perhaps we should count my village primary school teacher a friend or colleague as you say. Her name was Marie Whitehall; and we were in Little Horwood School near Bletchley in Buckinghamshire. Every child learned to knit, and it’s stood me in such good stead. You don’t mention transition and powerdown as reasons for making useful things from local materials, or wool as an inherently beneficial and soothing thing to handle; but both of these are important to me

  58. Elizabeth Howell says:

    Can’t remember but possibly Mother

  59. Ruth says:

    Not my grandma. My mum and aunts taught me when I used to sit in on their knitting bee every Monday night

  60. Maureen Shepherd says:

    No not my Grandma.When I was 3/4 my mum used to give me copies of Women’s Weekly to look at and keep me quiet.Problem was there were 2 dolls as a feature one blonde and one brunette and every week there was a new knitting pattern for an outfit for them.These dolls could be sent for from a department store in Kingston upon Thames.So my mum had to teach me to knit to keep me quiet and send for a couple of dolls and I have never looked back. Knitting ,crochet even had my own wool shop for 21 years.

  61. Kath. says:

    No not my gran actually the old lady who lived next door. Just the basic stuff after that self taught! Now 70 years old and love knitting aran cardies and jumpers for grandkids and great grandkids.

  62. Olwen says:

    Definitely not grandma, that’s the one craft she couldn’t master. She was brilliant at any form of sewing especially Italian quilting. Also at crochet.
    Mum taught me and she used to do brilliant fair isle work.
    My favourite is Aran, but also enjoy using multi colour in double knit.

  63. Freda Munday says:

    My Father taught me to knit when I was very young about 4 .When I was a baby he knitted me a different outfit for every day of the week.

  64. Elizabeth says:

    My Father taught me to knit when I was eight.

  65. Pauline Roberts says:

    It def wasn’t my Gran…. My Mum taught me the basics around age 7, and I made a pixie hat! Later my future Mother in Law taught me all the complicated stuff!

  66. Lin Wright says:

    Wasn’t my nan, was mum and dad. Mum did most of the knitting but dad had a basic knowledge of knitting, so if mum wasn’t available then dad helped.

  67. Cecily says:

    Not my grandmother, who didn’t knit or sew. She did do embroidery though. I learned from the grandmother of the children whose au pair I was during my first time living in France. I was a slow learner until she realized I was left-handed, not right-handed, which made the whole process more difficult for me at the start. I still knit right-handed though.

  68. Helen A says:

    No, not grandma, I first learned in primary school 60 years ago, although my mum did knit a bit too, but didn’t really enjoy it, as I do. You didn’t list baby clothes as a favourite knit either – I love them as they are quick to do!

  69. Janjam says:

    Nooo, my grandma couldn’t knit. My mother taught me the basics but I taught myself
    Cable, fair isle and crochet!

  70. Jane says:

    My mum taught me when I was 3yrs old

  71. Yvonne M says:

    Not Grandma. She could only knit sweaters in the round in oiled wool for her trawl skipper husband. I was taught at school in the 1940’s, learned a bit more from my mother then self taught myself to do lace patterns, Fair Isle and Aran cables from books.

  72. Sharyn W says:

    No not Grandma I never had any grandparents so it was my mother. Like Helen A I also like knitting baby clothes and then giving them to younger family members

  73. Fran says:

    I had ‘self taught’ which is to some extent true – my mum taught me to knit as a child but I found it complicated and boring so didn’t take it up. It is only in the last two or three years that, having been given a ‘knit your own cushion cover’ kit I’ve found I do actually enjoy knitting and have gone further…. next project is to try and knit the first yarn I’ve spun myself. Could be interesting!

  74. lynn archer says:

    Completely wrong. I was taught by my left handed aunt (i’m right handed). Caused some problems but 60 years on I’m still knitting

  75. Christine R says:

    No, not my grandma. I learned from my mum. I carried on knitting into my twenties but only started again in my late fifties, knitting mainly for grandchildren and other family members, and love it!!

  76. Doris says:

    Wrong! It was my Mum who taught me to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and I have been knitting ever since although there has sometimes been a lengthy gap between projects. However since retiring some years ago I have done more knitting and enjoy it. Some of the techniques used these days I have learnt from books and online so in that respect self taught is correct but that is much more recent. Like many others no one else in the family knits although I have taught a couple when they were little girls but they don’t knit now as they are too busy on screens of various kinds!

  77. Kirsty says:

    Wrong! We had knitting in school but age 5 I messed mine up so couldn’t do the colouring in I had taken from home at the end of term. I learnt to knit that afternoon, made my own jumper at 7 and made a two colour Norwegian sweater at 11.

  78. Val says:

    Only allowing one selection per field naturally leads to the wrong answer. In most fields I needed to select at least three, if not more to give an honest answer to the questions.

    • Julia says:

      Yes, I agree with Val, more choices were needed in each field.
      I don’t recall seeing my grandma knitting, my other grandma died before my mum met my dad. Had to knit stringy dishcloths in primary school, hated it! My mum taught me to knit baby bootees, maybe when I was around ten. When I was a bit older she taught me to knit a hot-water bottle in stripes. I really enjoyed it and have loved knitting stripey things ever since, it’s fun and cheerful! Later mother-in-law and older friends helped me, which led me to learn new skills and techniques, and still am at 71! Granddaughters not interested, can’t get the hang of it!

  79. Denise says:

    Grandma? No. I was taught by Bown Owl for my Brownie craft badge, at the age of 7! Although I hadn’t any interest in knitting for years and ‘relearned’ a few years ago when knitting and craft groups suddenly became hugely fashionable.

  80. Eenfy says:

    I was taught at school, at the age of 4. We knitted square kettle holders! Nobody in the family knits so guess who knits for all the children?! I’ve never been taught to picture knit but we manage without it and everyone loves my hand knits.

  81. Angela says:

    My Mum showed me how to knit but I didn’t do much, then years later a colleague at work gave me a refresher during coffee and lunch breaks. I caught the bug.

  82. Marion Caplan says:

    While I am self taught when it comes to crocheting, my best friend taught me to knit in University. My mother had tried and failed (I’m left handed). So it was only partially right.

    • Teresa says:

      I got self taught and it is spot on. My mother knits but never taught me to knit, just like she never taught me to cook either. She left everything to my school to teach me but we were not taught knitting in my school only embroidery. Now age 53 I taught myself to knit from watching videos on YouTube. I find needles too slow and do mostly loom knitting. Hats, scarves and blankets. Some I keep for myself, but most I donate to charity.

  83. khairieh says:

    No not my grandma, neither knitted. It was my mother 🙂

  84. Kathy says:

    Not Grandma. I don’t know that she ever touched a knitting needle. My mom knew but has never made anything. I learned from my fourth-grade teacher. She wanted me to have something to do when I finished my work early. What a great gift!

  85. Denise says:

    Grandmother? Nope. Continuing Education at a local Community College – although I was inspired by my paternal grandmother who could knit in the dark (and often did – at movies, etc.!).

  86. Diana says:

    Mostly self-taught. Started with slippers, later did some sweaters, now usually hats or fingerless gloves, etc. Also like to crochet, quilt, sew, embroider, punch needle, etc.

  87. Henriette says:

    Absolutely NOT my Granny; my mum taught me when I was not even 4 years old, but I learnt most by just practising myself.

  88. Christine Sweeney says:

    Spot on !!!

    My Gran did teach me to knit about 50 years ago. Sad to say that she passed away last year at a good age of 103….can’t put longevity down to knitting but willing to keep it up and see if I can keep knitting into my 90’s

  89. Linda says:

    Not Grandma. My sister taught me how to read the pictures and directions. She was left-handed and I am right-handed.

  90. Leslie says:

    Began as a Girl Scout when I was 8 but just garter stitch. Went to high school in Brechin, Scotland ages 13 & 14 where all the other girls had been knitting since they were 4 or 5. I was advised to “knit someone I love a scarf” per my teacher as the class project for 1st year girls were gloves & I was not able to master using 5 DP needles the first year. But I learned how to knit in the round with them 2nd year when we were all had to knit a sweater. Haven’t stopped since & I bless Miss Ross & all of the other patient girls in my class.

  91. Liz R says:

    I learned from my mother who taught knitting. I learned tatting from an aunt and at the craft store that I worked at. I knitted aran sweaters to sell from my home spun dog and sheep yarns. I learned to crochet from my grandmother and an aunt. On your next survey, consider the age of your respondent.

  92. Kaye says:

    No,not my grandma,my mum taught me as a child,but i became more interested in knitting seriously in my early twenties and still enjoy it today.

  93. Cindi says:

    YES, I first taught myself to knit, about 10 years ago. I first learned knitting from a book and then discovered some local yarn stores with cool knitting resources and inspiring knitting teachers. My great grandmother, grandmother, and mother were all very accomplished quilters and seamstresses. My grandmother also crocheted. I am an artist and have dabbled through the years in painting, sewing, embroidery, quilting, crafting, and in technology and web design. I love extending my craft knowledge and making gorgeous accessories for myself and gifts for others. Knitting is my favorite free-time activity, and I’ve concentrated in perfecting my skills since retiring almost 5 years ago. You can typically find 3-5 WIPS scattered around the house in my growing collection of hand-made baskets, woven totes, or project bags.

  94. Laurie says:

    Yes, my grandmother, who could knit in the dark at the movies. But I was never able to knit two stitches the same, no matter how much she tried to teach me. She died when I was 20 years old and I suddenly began to knit with perfect guage and beautiful, consistent stitches. I am not making this up. I feel she is there knitting with (for?) me.

  95. Sue B says:

    I learned how to knit in 4-H. My leader taught me.

  96. Liz Baker-Prosa says:

    Mom taught me the first knit and purl….but after that (she wasn’t much of a knitter) I did teach myself….

  97. Jean Blythe says:

    Sorry, WRONG,! My Gran didn’t knit. I learned in 4-H. (Sort of like Scouts) A friend in my group helped me figure it out. I made a scarf. Then I didn’t knit for about ten years, made a baby sweater, took another break of ten years. I’ve been knitting scarves, hats, shawls and dishcloths. I like to crochet as well, which I taught myself as an adult.

  98. Lourdes Manners says:

    Grandma? No I’m self taught I started as a crocheted. I always want to to knit. I tired a few time but couldn’t get a hang of it. I tried again during a very stressful time in my life and didn’t give up plus u tube was very helpful as well. I’m a visual learner and it was easier than the previous times I tried. This time it stuck and now I’m addicted. Socks are my favorite so far.

  99. Lisa C says:

    Grandma? She did knit and did it very well. But I am self taught. The quiz was fun, tho.

  100. kristine says:

    Wrong…I was not taught by a friend or colleague. I am self taught.

  101. Barbara Stine says:

    Wrong. My Mom, who was an expert knitter, she knitted sweaters for my father, taught me when I was in the second grade. I knitted off and on thru-out life, but got re-addicted about 10 years ago. The last question on the quiz, I wanted to answer all of the choices, but it wouldn’t let me !
    I have good friends who knit, they are very helpful, and we have bonded over knitting. I have 1 son, so the only person I taught was a girlfriend who lived up the street. I think (hope) she is still knitting after moving away. I learned English, but have envied people who knit continental which looks so efficient and fast. I’ve tried but feel very slow and fumbly, and my tension is a lot tighter. So I will just go on knitting English and be as fast at it as I can with that ! I love my knitting friends !

  102. Judith says:

    Nice try, but no, my grandmother didn’t teach me to knit. I became interested in knitting at age 10 when I played the role of a “grandmother” in a school play. I was supposed to be knitting but was holding the needles wrong. I got curious about knitting then, bought a “how-to” book, and taught myself.

  103. Nancy S says:

    My Mom, she is an avid knitter, so naturally I wanted to learn. I didn’t really get into it until 10 years old when my sister knit an amazing basket weave Afghan and I wanted one as well. I still have the Afghan, it’s somewhat shabby to say the least.
    I took a break during college and started up again after I took a leave of absence and haven’t stopped knitting since.

  104. Vikki Gurl says:

    My Grandma knitted a lot but could not teach me, nor could my Mum. But my Dad was a brilliant teacher, I would never have learnt without him

  105. Karen says:

    How amazing- you got it right!! I taught myself to knit when I was 26 and have loved it ever since.

  106. Pat Stratful says:

    Grandma, no both died before I was born. I learnt at school as my mum knitted far to quickly for me to see what she was doing!! A cousin taught me how to read a pattern and cable stitch.

  107. Joyce says:

    It was not a grandmother! I bought a book and taught myself. Had two sisters who were going to teach me but neither of them had the patience nor gave me a hands on experience in order to learn. I knew I would be able to knit and without knowing how naieve I was, bought a pattern that was for an experienced knitter. It was an adult car coat with various cable sitches, popcorn stitches, button holes, belt, etc. Really learned to read and follow pattern directions and was very successful in my first ever knitting endeavor! I continued from there.

  108. wendy says:

    You nail it. My English grandmother taught me and I do make up my own patterns and I spin the yarn on my spinning wheel.

  109. Janet says:

    As several before have mentioned I learned in grammar school during WWII when the ladies from Ladies Aid came to our school & taught us to knit 4″ squares which they crocheted into blankets & we all felt that we were helping the war effort! I later used the skills learned when argyle socks were popular & made them for boyfriends. Knit socks, slippers & sweaters for my 4 children & still knit for them & their kids & cats. It is what makes me function & defines me & I love doing it!

  110. Mary Sperley says:

    My Aunt B taught me to knit at age 4. My dad cut needles down to 4 inches so I could make squares, sew them together and make lap robes for servicemen during WW2.
    Knitting has been a big part of my life ever since. Knit Norwegian sweaters, mittens, gloves, Aran Isles sweaters, felted purses, slippers, taught some classes and generally have knitting a big part of my life.

  111. Davina Kakonyi says:

    I was not taught by my grandmother but at brownies by my brown owl…. I was about 9.

  112. Gwen says:

    At school. The Red Cross came and taught us to knit wash cloths to go in Red Cross boxes for soldiers overseas in WW II.

  113. Jo says:

    Nope. Great Grandmother. To keep me out of trouble. Also learned to sew doll clothes.

  114. Marilyn Long says:

    Hello, My answer was ‘self taught’ which, although not exactly true, is still spot on the money! I knitted a garter stitch pot-holder square in lilac and lemon (my choices) at school when I was 5. Next stop 10 years old – when my sister was expecting and I began a white vest using UK size 10 pins. By the time I’d finished it was so grubby and my niece was no longer a newborn. Fast forward to my 20s and 30s. I bought French knitting pattern books and even made a jacket using a Kaffe Fassett pattern idea. I love to play with colour, texture, and scale. So for inspiration and design I am indeed ‘self-taught’. Well done.

  115. Pam says:

    Quite right !
    My Nana taught me how to knit, when I was 5 😋🤗

  116. Cherryll says:

    Definitely not Grandma! although both of mine did. It was my mother

  117. Lynne Janssen Brooks says:

    I watched my great aunt crochet & she showed me basics when I was 10 years old. I was also fascinated watching my adult sister crochet. I taught myself to knit when I was probably 30 years old, just because it looked fun, I liked the look of finished knit items & it had become very popular. Now I mostly knit, but still crochet some. My mom & grandmothers didn’t knit or crochet. Although, one of my grandmothers tatted & quilted. Gosh, I wish I had a friend or colleague who knitted! I keep trying to start a knitting group or have a knitting party & no one shows up! 🙁

  118. Mary L says:

    i think mum would have taught me but not grandma. She lived to far away. It was fun doing the quiz tho.

  119. Maureen Bishop says:

    The Girl Scouts taught me and me friends to knit. My mother was not good with her hands.

  120. Angie says:

    No, not Granmother. My Dad taught me basics then I followed pattern instructions

  121. Patricia says:

    No. not my Grandma. It was my “Auntie” who used to babysit. I pestered her nearly everyday with my needles and wool!

  122. Samara Savandra says:

    Yes! It was my Nana – sitting on her back door step in the morning sun. I was four years old and very determined. She couldn’t move me from the doorstep so she gave me a cushion.

  123. Judy J Craty says:

    GRANDMOTHER DID NOT TEACH ME. Moved to a new state in the late 60’s and did not know anyone so I went to the store and bought a little 10 page paper back book on how to, some needles and some yarn. Ended up teaching myself to knit and crochet.

  124. Jackie says:

    It had GRANDMA. It was my mum & aunt, although my nan used to knit but not at that time.

  125. Ann McGowan says:

    Although both my Grandma and Mother were skilled knitters, it was actually my Dad who taught me to knit. Now it seems strange that an “out-doors” person who loved hunting in the wild areas of New Zealand would take the time (and have the knowledge) to sit beside an 8 year old and teach her the first stitches. Thanks Dad.

  126. Lorraine Robinson says:

    I taught myself when I was expecting my first child got myself a pattern and some wool by the time I finish my white wool was nearly black but never looked back was one of the best things I’ve ever done love knitting and grandchildren always asking me to do something.

  127. Pat says:

    Neither my mother or grandmothers knew how to knit. When my uncle married, his wife could knit my uncle a sweater on a night shift (she was a nurse), and I watched those needles FLY and wanted to learn. She said she didn’t have the patience to teach me, so go buy a kit and follow the directions. I was 13, so bought a kit for argyle socks to learn. By the time I had knitted the first one the second time (tension was something I learned on it) I was hooked, so I started designing socks and knitting them. I knitted my children’s clothes (I have six), their children’s clothes, opened a store and sold both wholesale and retail, and now knit for charity through our church. I couldn’t even COUNT the different types of or number of things I’ve made over the years, but ALWAYS have at least two or three projects going at a time. I also teach knitting in the needlework groups I attend week.y

  128. Anne Bailey says:

    Got me wrong. I virtually taught myself when I was about 4. My mum did knit but not very often and my dolly needed new clothes! I unpicked a sweater that I’d grown out of (with permission), and set to. Mum showed me how to cast on and away I went. My mum was a dress machinist so knitting was too slow for her. I only knew one grandma and I was only 7 when she died. My dolly was the best dressed in our street – even if I say so myself!

  129. Jacqui says:

    My mother taught me because I wanted some new clothes for my doll and I’d been off school sick for a while.
    It would have been nicer to have multiple options to some of the questions because I have several reasons for knitting and like knitting a variety of things using different yarns….. I don’t really have specific favourite

  130. Doreen Newberry says:

    You are so wrong. My aunt taught me when I stayed with her and got a poisonous infection in my foot from walking in the fields at reaping time. She started me on a vest in two plain two purl rib for myself Now at 76 I knit all the time for a local charity run by the Anglican Church in South Australia.

  131. Jill Houghton says:

    I taught myself to knit – from a book

  132. Zil says:

    Certainly not my grandma,

  133. Roberta says:

    Not Gramma! One taught me to crochet and embroider , the other taught me to sing. My aunt taught me to knit when I was 20. I was out of commission for 6 weeks after major surgery and I got bored the second day out of the hospital. I started knitting after that and made a bedspread as my first project. Forty years later, I’m still going strong. I have lots of grandchildren who need hats, mittens, blankets and sweaters.

  134. Pam says:

    Neighbours daughter who was 6 years older than me taught me on their back steps. Knitted a jumper for my brother, which took me a long time when i was about 12 and my father not knowing washed it in the machine and shrunk it 😢. Have done heaps of knitting, love it and keeps me calm. ☺☺

  135. Peggy Sceviour says:

    Wrong answer. Not my grandma, buy my older sister taught me to knit when I was ten years old.

  136. Janedr says:

    I was taught to knit at my Scottish boarding school. It was the only good thing I got from my time there! Awful place, but by the time I was 12 I had knitted socks and gloves (not mittens, proper gloves with fingers finished by grafting)

  137. Lisa Parrish says:

    Wrong! I got grandmom but the truth is I taught myself in my 50s by watching YouTube videos, library DVDs and PBS knitting shows like Knitting Daily and Knit and Crotchet Now!. As I child I asked my mother to teach me but she said that since she was left-handed it would be too hard for her to teach me. She worked full-time so I think she just needed her down time to do reading. She knitted a pair of argyle socks for my father when they got engaged that were indestructible so I don’t know why she never chose to pick up knitting again. I am inclined naturally to want to knit continental but I still can’t tension the yarn right so I pinch the needle tips with my right hand and somehow have knitted successfully some projects but it bothers me to no end to have such an interest in knitting yet to not be able to knit like others do. Thank God for technology like YT and instructors like Lily Chen, Patty Lyons and Nenah Galati from whom I’ve learned the most. I always laugh at how Nenah wears in her videos a cotton tee shirt instead of something she knitted and ends her DVDs with bloopers.

  138. Florence Richter says:

    No it wasn’t either of my grandmothers as neither could knit. My maternal grandmother crocheted and sewed and my paternal grandmother was a great cook. It was my mother and she was a wonderful knitter who learnt from her maternal grandmother.

  139. Sue says:

    My grandma was a pattern knitter for Paton and Baldwins, she was amazing, she also did crochet lace, I still have her unfinished lace glove, wish I was talented enough to finish it, I also have her VERY tiny crochet hooks for that lace! She was put in an orphanage at age 10 when her dad died, I think she was taught there.

  140. Susan says:

    At school when I was about 7 or 8, all the girls in my class were sent to Miss Weaver – yes that really was her name – who taught us to knit and to sew an apron. I knitted a green square potholder in garter stitch. After learning the basics at school my mother helped me at home. She was taught by her aunt when she was a young girl. Mother knitted all her life and her tension was superb. In later life knitting was the only thing that helped calm the anxiety that troubled her.

  141. Robyn W says:

    I had no grandmothers, so my mother taught me how to knit when I was about 7. That, along with playing board and card games with me, is one of the good things I can remember her doing when I was a child.

  142. Edda says:

    at age 4yrs my grandma taught me to knit and a year later to chrochet, this was in the war and we had to unpick anything made with wool to then re-knit. as you may gather I am 4 weeks off 80. Since 1970 I have also been a spinner, it is wonderful to lamb a ewe then look forward to getting your hands on the fleece a year later, now no longer have sheep, I now have alpacas they are so much easier to look after as I am no longer in the first flush of youth!!! I have taught many people to knit, sew, crochet, and also many hundreds of men and ladies to spin, it has been great to feel helpful and many have gone on to do wonderful things. Thank-you for reading this.x

  143. JO says:

    Yes, Grandma taught me to knit, Mom taught me to crochet, embroidery and sew. Therefore, I have learned to combine knitting and crocheting in one project, or sewing and crocheting in a project. It is terrific to be able to do all of these.

  144. Ann Kimberley says:


    No friend or colleague. I was taught to knit by a teacher in my last year of primary school. All the girls were taught to knit, I don’t know what the boys learnt to do in that time.

  145. Claudia Taylor says:

    Grandma? She didn’t knit that I ever knew of. Neither did my mother. She loved to sew, and made beautiful Vogue and McCalls clothes. My answer is… “none of the above”. My Girl Scout leader taught me when I was nine, and I made a scarf and earned a badge for my GS uniform sash. Although I crocheted later, I didn’t knit again for forty years. Now I knit most days.

  146. Barb says:

    You say a parent taught me… strange I distinctly remember teaching my mom how to knit. I learned in 4-H begining when I was 8.

  147. Brigitte says:

    My grandmother in Germany when my twin sister and myself were four years old and have knitted it ever since and my daughter was taught by my mother who is an excellent knitter .

  148. Dee Dee Cook says:

    Yes, my precious beautiful grandmother, whom I miss so much!

  149. Patricia Smith says:

    It wasn’t my grandma who taught me to knit but my uncle. My granny couldn’t knit. I did learn dress making and cooking from her though.

  150. Ann Blackman says:

    My dear father taught me to knit when I was very young. Apart from him teaching a right handed daughter when he was left handed which was quiet difficult to learn from him, but we mastered it.
    He learnt to knit himself whilst he was in the Royal Navy. Brilliant at knitting socks and he knitted all our baby clothes bless him.

  151. Kay says:

    I learnt basics in primary and made extra large mittens then when I was expecting my first child I taught myself the harder the pattern the more I enjoyed it. Many years later I taught myself to crochet and love it just as much as knitting. Two words for it would be passion and escapism

  152. Ella says:

    I learned from a outside school class. That wasn’t an option!

  153. Sue says:

    Wrong, my mother taught me.

  154. Barbara Christensen says:

    No my Grandmother did not teach me to knit, in fact I never saw her with needles & yarn. The truth of the matter is that my Mom taught herself to knit from a book and handed me a pair of needles & wool and said “give it a try”. My Mom taught me to knit, crochet & sew and create my own designs.

  155. Jane says:

    My grandma lived hundreds of miles away! It was my Mum that taught me. She made amazing fairisle jumpers, some of which I still have 30+ years later.

  156. Linda Foulis says:

    Wrong, I taught myself to knit. My grandmother was a horrible woman and she didn’t knit.

  157. Chrissie says:

    No not my Grandma.
    My mother in law! She bet me I’d never learn, but showed me cast on, garter & pearl stitches ( to make stocking stitch). Then gave me oddments of wool, 4mm needles, a baby booties pattern and a child’s ” how to knit ” book by Ladybird.
    This all came about because I’d fallen love with a baby shawl pattern in a beautiful lace pattern in a type of chevron pattern with a deep scool loped edging. Using 2ply (fingering or thinner?) wool, 2mm needles. The finished shawl covered our double bed.
    Mother in law had arthritis in her hands and kept secret that she was knitting it. My son was her first grand child and she surprised us all when she presented it to us when we arrived home from hospital!
    I’m so pleased that she encouraged me and when I had grandchildren I knitted for them!

  158. Janette Kerridge says:

    No…not my Grandma…my Mum taught me the basics and the rest I’ve picked up from experience, patterns, trial and error

  159. Jess Burgen says:

    Nope, a monk. A Benedictine Monk taught me to knit. He was my best friend through a career in educational publishing then he became a monk. Still a great friend and a serious knit monster.

    Thanks! This was fun.

  160. Jane Phillips says:

    Sorry it wasn’t friends. It was my grandmother. Your questions are flawed as your matrix clearly doesn’t match development of an individual it is dependent on stereotypical outcomes that in the modern day are redundant!

  161. Donna Skare says:

    No, Not my Granny! I learned in school..Home Economics, to be exact! And I’m so glad I did! It means a lot to me! I love making lovely gifts, Creating, Trying new things, and it definitely attributes to Mental Health and Enjoyment of my free time!

  162. debbie says:

    no my Nanny she was left handed! I learned in the first year of junior school, by our form teacher

  163. Karen says:

    Nope, my best friend in college taught me!! And she did not teach me the traditional way either.

  164. M. Robinson says:

    I was taught to knit by my next door neighbour in the dug out in her garden when the siren had sounded and we had taken cover. My mother also knitted.we did have knitting at school but it was making dishcloths and 1/2 way through my 2nd one the school ran out of wool and I had to undo mine.My mother knitted gloves for the Forces during the war.She used to let me do the knit rows and she did the purl rows.I knitted my 1st cardigan for my sister ,3 years, old ,when I was 11.The wool had been undone from another jumper.

  165. Patricia says:

    Grandma is a close guess, but it was actually a friend of my aunt’s who taught me to knit when I was about 7. Both my mum and my aunty were frustrated by my constant need for help, but my aunt’s friend, Peggy, sat me on her lap and placed her hands over mine on the needles and patiently persevered for an afternoon until I’d mastered it. I can still remember her gentle manner and the soft warmth and smoothness of her hands.

  166. Pam says:

    I am self taught, although I was shown how to do continental by an adult friend.
    My mother bought me a pair of needles, yarn and instruction book. I’m the one who fixed her mistakes. I learned the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college.

  167. kim says:

    No not my grandma but my mother and father, both could knit. My mother taught me crochet. My father could do embroidery as well. Back then boys and girls were taught knitting and sewing, it was not thought of as just a girls / ladies past time. I am truly addicted, love all yarn, natural and shop bought. So much to choose from nowadays. with colours of the rainbow and softness, unlike some of the harsh yarns of the past. So many patterns available now too, especially with internet now also. Just a shame that yarn shops are dwindling, there is nothing like walking in a shop with all the colours and being able to touch them, trouble is you never come away with one call…!

  168. Judith Chamberlain says:

    My aunt taught me when I was 6 I have ended up as a professional

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