Knitting is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Knitting.

What you can do in this project: discover what to consider when buying yarn or tools; learn knitting and finishing techniques; correct knitting errors; learn how to care for your knitted items.
Grades: 3-12
Resource: CC1402, Knitting Made Easy


Want to learn more about Knitting? Try the links below.

Knitting Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including knitting. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Exploring Your Environment activities. Select a file for a complete lesson plan.

  • PDF Icon Yarn – The Essential Element of Knitting (7 pages, 250KB) If you wanted to beginning to knit or crochet would you know what kind of yarn to use? This activity will show you through hands-on activities how to choose the different types of yarn available for you to use in different ways and projects.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Knitting Project. Just follow these links!

Coats & Clark
Site for crocheters looking for new ideas in color and texture, from furs to stripes.

Craft Yarn Council of America
Site for your knitting technique questions. Also has lots of information on yarn, tools, books, magazines, and accessories sold in the U.S., as well as free project ideas.

Knitting Guild of America
Features master knitting programs, correspondence courses, knitting store, knitting bulletin board and a wonderful list of links to other knitting-related websites.

Wool Works
This noncommercial, volunteer-run site is full of information for handknitters.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Knitting Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several clothing and sewing resources for volunteers that can be rented for training. One of the resources is called Knit Trends, a video program with Nancy Zieman of TV’s Sewing with Nancy, who presents her three-part series on trends in sewing with knits. She demonstrates techniques in sewing for contemporary knits, Polarfleece, berbers, etc., and finishes for knit necklines and waistlines. Useful for young sewers, especially in sewing children’s clothes.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.