Rice Lake KidStop Part 2
I was very impressed with how easily this group of 3rd-6th graders learned the purl stitch! It usually took 1-2 tries with me looking over their shoulder chanting the 7-step mantra, "Through the loop, over the yarn, scrape the peg, make a big loop, take off the old loop, put on the new loop, pull the yarn." One of the teachers there today was one of my frequent students at Michaels, who helped get the Knifty Knitters into the school district, and we worked together with groups of four students at a time.
These kids have been using the looms for a while, and are very comfortable with the stockinette (flat knit) stitch, and the e-wrap (twisted knit) stitch. One of the girls stopped by Michaels this week-end when I was doing a demo. She was wearing a gorgeous scarf she had loom knit. It was an e-wrapped tube that she was wearing "wrong side" out, so it looked purled. She had used brightly colored variegated yarn which gave the appearance of diagonal stripes. I have some of the same yarn in my stash, and I'm going to have to make one up just to show off the picture!
The unexpected benefit of today's class is that my 11 yodd, who has steadfastly refused to do anything but the e-wrap stitch in a tube, happened to be watching while I showed the students the purl stitch. When one of the adult instructors asked my dd to show the purl stitch to her, my dd was able to do so! So now she knows too. :D (Let's see if she uses it, LOL!)