Waldorf Schools teach knitting sooner than they teach reading. I had a nice time this summer with a friends’ son teaching him the basic knitting stitch. I was surprised because he and his brother are very rough and tumble boys, but then again, when I was a kid I knew of a professional football player who knit.
Here are a few resources to get you started:
Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick has great visuals for teaching yourself as well as lots of fun and easy projects.
Knitting Pattern Central also has instructions plus a whole directory of free patterns. (Thanks to Mae Ling Doherty for pointing me to this site over a year ago.)
And for the accomplished and intrepid knitters who want to plan their own illustrations for knit garments, here’s a great little site that will generate graph paper to match the size of your gauge! (Thanks to the Knitting Room for pointing this site out).
P.S. If there are still any gender qualms out there, here’s a funny (corny?) book to browse: Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them.