Knitting To Learn


Handwork (knitting, crochet, and more) instruction/classes for children in Orange County, Calif. with Mrs. Dunn, an experienced Waldorf Hand-work Teacher and home-schooling Mom.


- Knitting supports Learning -


Knitting, crocheting, and other needlecrafts are quiet, centering activities that stimulate creativity and develop fine motor skills.


Making something beautiful from start to finish gives a sense of accomplishment along with a tangible result that can be treasured.




* Knitting:

Balls, scarves, stuffed animals, pouches, horsey reins, hats, socks, mittens. 

* Crochet:

Coasters and mats in geometric shapes, stars, hats, purses, pouches, ball bags.

* Cross-stitch:

Bags, bookmarks, pillows created with symmetrical and original designs.




 Knitting to Learn is an approved vendor for 


 * National University Academy - NUA

 * Julian Charter School

 * Sky Mountain Charter School


 Contact Lenore or your ES to request Knitting To Learn

 as a vendor for your charter school.


Pricing available for individual students or groups. Please call for information.



Lenore Dunn
Handwork Teacher

Lake Forest, CA 92630




Children use soft, bulky wool yarn in a rainbow of colors and thick wooden needles that are easy for small fingers to grasp. Counting stitches and rows helps develop number sense and encourages concentration. Advanced projects include socks, hats, and mittens.






Continues to engage both hands, now with the dominant hand holding the hook. The children build on the linear form of knitting and go on to make circular and other geometric forms. While crocheting, the number patterns that create the shapes are experienced in a hands-on way, and a visual foundation is laid for later work in geometry.


"It's fun to do!"

- Shelby, 8 year-old student

"The brain discovers what the fingers explore."

-M. Bergstrom, Neurophysiologist



Working with needle and embroidery thread, children use cross-stitches to create colorful canvases, which can become pillows or pouches. Making small, even stitches and symmetrical patterns continues to develop fine motor skills, pattern recognition, and concentration. Creating and finishing symmetrical designs supports understanding of the math concepts in x-y graphing.



- Handwork helps brain development -


"Praxis, or the ability to program a motor act, shows a close relation to reading skills, even though reading would appear to be only distantly related to goal-directed movement of the body."

- Jean Ayres, Learning Disabilities Specialist


"The hand enjoys a privileged status in the learning process, being not only a catalyst but an experiential focal point for the young child's perceptual, motor cognitive and creative world."

- Frank Wilson, Neurologist

"Cross lateral movements... activate both hemispheres in a balanced way... When both eyes, both ears, both hands and feet are being used equally, the corpus callosum orchestrating these processes between the two hemispheres becomes more fully developed. Because both hemispheres and all four lobes are activated, cognitive function is heightened and ease of learning increases."

- C. Hannaford (1995). Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head.



"[Knitting] helps students with ... spatial relationships, as well as pattern recognition and sequencing..." read article

"Making things on their own when children are young develops powers of invention and creative thinking which, if continued, will increase as they mature.""

- Patricia Livingston,

Master Handwork teacher


"... when we are born our brain has billions of active neural passageways. These passageways have a correlation with our ability to think when we reach adolescence, if they are correctly exercised during the early and middle childhood years. We keep them active through the use of our hands."

- Science teacher