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Harrisville Designs Quick to Knit Scarf

Harrisville Designs

EDITOR'S REVIEW

We had mixed feedback for this kit, but everyone agrees the instructions are too confusing to make it a kit we'd recommend using to "teach" anyone to knit. 

The size of the needles (US # 13) is another consideration: while two families liked knitting with these fat wooden needles, another family say they preferred to substitute for a smaller size. Even the yarn itself was a problem for some. One family had difficulty with the yarn breaking (unlike acrylic yarn, pure spun wool can break if pulled hard), and another family found their needles accidentally separating the twisted strands.

But none of this reflects on the quality of the materials: the wood feels as smooth as if it’d been polished, and Harrisville wool has been quality crafted for generations. The frustrations experienced are all inherent in working with the materials. So while perhaps not the easiest choice to encourage beginning knitters, the kit most definitely has merit as an enrichment activity: it's a great way for kids to experience knitting with all-natural materials, and thereby appreciate a taste of how generations of people historically knitted their outfits. 

WHAT THE KIDS SAY

Matana

9

This craft had hard instructions to follow. the needles were a bit too fat and the string was easy to break. A few times I tried by myself to start it off but I failed every time because the instructions were just not clear enough for me to get.

Mia

8

It's not always easy to knit but I like to learn, my scarf is almost half way done.  I don't like it when  I get all mixed up in my stiches but I am glad Mom is there to help.

Tamara

13

I like learning to knit.  The wool is a very pretty colour and the scarf would be a reasonable size.  The needles are way too fat and the wool doesn't slide on them.  Since the wool is made up of two wools intertwined together, I accidentally took a piece of wool from one stitch and knitted with a piece of wool from another stitch.  The instructions were hard to follow so someone had to teach me but not from the instructions. 

Aleeza

9

It's very hard to get all the starting knots on because it doesn't really make sense the way they show you.  I went to my grandmother and she helped me out getting it going.  The knitting needles are too fat to go under the wool and also not slippery enough.  My grandmother gave me different needles to use.  The wool was very pretty.

- Mia

8

It's not always easy to knit but I like to learn, and my scarf is almost half way done. I don't like it when I get all mixed up in my stiches but I am glad Mom is there to help.

WHAT ADULTS THINK

Rebecca Y.

Parent

I don't know how to knit myself so could not help my daughter out with this craft. The instructions were difficult to follow (for both of us) and the yarn constantly ripped. I also found the needles too difficult to use compared to regular ones. We weren't able to knit anything with this kit!

Marie-Lise

Parent

I think knitting is a wonderful hobby and this kit, in it's simplicity, has what a child needs to learn. 

Marcia M.

Other Adult

I wouldn’t give high marks to the instructions in this kit – it’s definitely NOT a good introductory “teaching” experience.  But I love the knitting needles. For one thing, they’re shorter than traditional knitting needles, and therefore much easier to manage – especially, I would think, for kids. And the fatness of them encourages an easy tension in the stitches, which not only creates a thick, stretchy scarf, it also knits up faster. But the bottom line is that I find wooden knitting needles just really nice to work with. I also liked the opportunity to knit with all natural wool. Unfortunately, compared to some of the new acrylic blends, the wool fibers are a little scratchy. Still, I had no difficulty with either the dual-coloured twisted strands separating, or the wool strands breaking. I wouldn’t buy this kit to teach someone to knit. But for a child who already knows how to knit – or has someone to teach them, I would buy it for the experience of knitting with all natural materials. 

Joyce S.

Parent

My kids were very excited about the kit. The good part as a result of using the kit, I have two kids who are knitting scarves.  The bad part is that they are no longer using any part of the kit.  The needles provided were to fat so they both used needles from my mom, one with the wool from the kit.  She is no longer using this wool as is is double wrapped so she kept splitting the wool as she was knitting...wool to difficult for a beginner (but very pretty).  My mom as an instructor is better than the written instructions so those aren't being used either.

Géraldine

Grandparent

I think it is great that Mia learns to knit, I thaught all my girls to knit when they where about 8, we knitted socks for the winter.  I didn't have a cute little kit like this to teach them.  The yarn is beautiful and the needles are just the right size for her hands, and they are not pointy enough to harm her.

R.

Parent

I don't know how to knit myself so could not help my daughter out with this craft. The instructions were difficult to follow (for both of us) and the yarn constantly ripped. I also found the needles too difficult to use compared to regular ones. We weren't able to knit anything with this kit!

FEATURES

Manufacturer Description

Harrisville Designs’ Quick to Knit Scarf Kit is perfect for first time knitters!  The scarf is knit in a simple garter stitch and the result is a really cool wool scarf.  Kids love it!  Kit includes 100% wool yarn spun by Harrisville Designs. Wooden knitting needles.  Illustrated instructions.  Comes in 3 colors: purple, red, and teal.

Model Number

F638-F640

Contents

  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Features

  • Finished Scarf: Approx. 4" x 58"