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WALDORF HANDWORK KNITTED BALL | BEGINNER LEVEL



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hi everybody my name is Hannah and this

is pepper and pine and I have a hand

word project to share with you today we

are going to be making this multicolored

knitted ball and I just showed you one

that had four colors and then this one

has six colors you also need some wool

for filling and of course your knitting

needles and a variety of colors for this

ball of course you could just use the

one color if you want but this is a

really exciting process to see those

colors come together I'm going to show

you this in detail the first thing you

want to do is cast on and I know there

are many different ways to cast on and

to knit but I'm just going to show you

the one that we are most familiar with

these days so we're just going to make

that little slip knot there and put it

on to our knitting needle and then you

want to grab the yarn between your

fingers and pull down the knitting

needle into a V so I'm going to show you

this again you slip your two fingers in

between those two strands of yarn pull

down the knitting needle and then you

can begin casting on now I'm going to

show you this a couple of times so that

you can really see the process so again

I am just going to grab the yarn from my

thumb and then wrap it around the yarn

that is on my finger then I'm just going

to reposition and then do the whole

thing over again now for this ball you

can use anywhere from 18 to 20 Caston

stitches and I am using a bulky weight

yarn for almost the entire ball but I

kind of made a mistake in one of the

yarns is actually a worsted weight so

it's best if you try to use the same

weight for the entire thing so there I

am just counting up to make sure that I

have the number that I need and now

we're going to begin knitting and the

way that I'm going to knit is going to

require some crossbody action which is

especially good for these young

developing students because it helps

with brain development so I'm going to

take my needle and I am going to let's

get that little piece of a strand of

yarn out of the way first and you want

to make sure that you're not knitting

that little piece of strand of yarn you

want to make sure that you're actually

knitting the yarn in your skein of yarn

so lemme show you this process again so

I'm going to take my needle that is in

my right hand and I'm going to slip the

needle through that loop that's on the

needle in the left hand and then you

want to wrap your yarn around and then

slip your needle through I know it takes

a little bit of practice and in general

knitting is taught to first grade

students in a waldorf school so about

seven years old and i noticed that with

my children seven was a little bit young

even though they could learn how to do

it at seven I found that just because of

the commitment of home schooling

multiple aged students I didn't I wasn't

able to really spend the time with my

seven year olds and I found that they

took on this skill much easier when they

were just a little bit older so I would

call this project still a beginner

project since it just requires basic

knitting now once you're done knitting

one or two strands you want to make sure

that you have the correct number of

stitches and for the first part of this

you want to knit six ridges so that's

about twelve rows and once you get

through knitting your six ridges which

you can see a little bit more clearly

here and using a bulky weight yarn helps

this process along because it's a

bulkier weight so you can get through

what appears to be more with not as much

effort as if you're using a really thin

worsted weight yarn or a very tightly

plied yarn alright so here comes the fun

part and that is stitching these two

different colors together now you do not

need to not these at all but you might

consider making the blue yarn a little

bit longer and you'll see why at the end

but if your student is a little bit

unsure of this process then go ahead and

not those two yarns together and that

way it's a little bit easier to knit the

first stitches so you're going to go

ahead and knit this the same way you did

with just the single color but now we

are just stitching in the blue and

that purple which is going to look

really cool and you're still going to

have that tail of that purple and the

tail of the blue and you're going to be

able to see a little bit more clearly in

just a minute so that's how you get the

second color on to your project and when

you knit the next row it's going to be a

lot easier because by that point your

yarn is really well stitched in with the

previous color now I did this project

with my 11 year old but I think that

this would work with any child above 7

who has grasped the concept and the

skill of knitting so you can see by the

time I got done with my second row that

that little tail of blue was just a

little bit too short so I would

recommend making it a little bit longer

so that your student isn't nervous that

it's going to come undone and something

else you can do is just go ahead and tie

those two pieces together and it's an

option you don't have to it's fine in

the end it's not going to show anyway

alright so this is what it looks like

when all six colors are knitted together

now this is the one that my son did you

can see that there's little bits of tail

here and there of those extra pieces of

yarn and none of that's going to show

it's all going to be tucked inside the

ball so for this next process you need a

needle that has a wide eye so that it

can fit your yarn and this is a blunt

needle so it's safe for children it's

great for knitting projects so now we

want to tie off our yarn and I did this

with just a single strand of yarn but in

the past I have doubled up my yarn and I

think it's probably better to do double

just so that it doesn't come undone or

tear because this is going to get played

with with children all right so I'm just

gonna trim off that extra piece there

and then we're gonna start turning this

rectangle into a ball it is really

thrilling for children to see this so

you're just gonna take your needle and

just go along the top part of your

project and once I got through about two

colors I was able to pull my needle

through and then I handed it over to my

son to kid

continue just knitting through or

actually sewing through the top portion

of his project along with that yarn and

it were going to be pulling that yarn

together to squeeze all of those top

parts together so now he's gotten just

towards the end and now this is where

it's going to take a little bit of being

careful so that you don't tug your yarn

too hard and tear it and this is why

maybe doing two pieces of yarn through

that if you've doubled up rather than

going single would make it a little bit

safer for it to stay together because it

would be terrible if it came apart but

they're actually really easy to mend if

they do one of mine did come apart one

time and it was very easy to fix all

right so now we have all of those pieces

kind of pinched together and you want to

just take all those little extra bits of

yarn and just make sure that they're on

the inside so you really don't need to

trim them down actually trim down all

those little extra pieces and actually

it's a little bit easier to keep them

long because then they really do stick

inside your whole project so now I'm

going to stitch those two ends together

and I am going to tie it off so that I

ensure that it stays like that as I

stitch down the side of the ball so you

can start to see that it's coming

together like a ball and now we're gonna

go and stitch that purple and blue

together you could do any color you

wanted to you could do four colors you

could do more colors you just want to

make sure that each color section is

roughly the same size and I mean you

could get creative and do them all

different sizes as well but you do want

to be able to turn this into a ball in

the end and ours was a little bit of an

oval shaped ball but I think if we had

stuffed it more it would have looked a

little bit more circular but in the end

it really doesn't matter this is a very

forgiving project and my son absolutely

loves it there is like this excitement

when the project is completed and it's

just it's a really great simple easy

project to do with any child I would say

about eight and older so once you get

your yarn around the top part so this is

similar to how we begin the project once

we were done knitting it then you can

start to fill it up so I want it to go

ahead and get that needle all the way

through to the end and I kind of pinched

it just a little bit so it's not a full

opening but it's completely enough to

start stuffing it we're using some

all-natural wool batt in order to stuff

it but you could use any kind of filler

if you wanted to and once you get it as

full as you want it then we can start to

pinch those pieces together very

carefully so that you don't tear

anything and then you just want to make

sure that you tie it off and knot it so

that it stays in place and I'm just

making sure that it's nice and squeezed

together and you can see how it

completely turns into a ball you did not

have to do any kind of special stitching

and reduce the stitches up to the corner

and that's what's really great about a

project like this is that you can do

this as a beginner with a really simple

rectangular shaped piece of knitting so

there it is it's all done it looks

beautiful I love the rainbow colors my

son really likes it and now I'm working

on another one for my daughter because

she's only six and she's just a little

bit too young for this yet even though

she's just itching to get her hands on a

pair of needles alright so if you want

to see some of the other hand work

projects that we have you can tap on the

screen right now if you want to see some

of the other projects that we're doing

in our home school I've left a couple

more videos that might interest you and

don't forget that if you want to see

what we're up to on a daily basis you

can find me on instagram at pepper and

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