Well, I have now become the sponsor of a knitting club at the middle school where I work. I worked with an after school club last year. This year they've decided to have a lot of clubs during the school day. All the kids will be in clubs, so I may have more than the two or three knitters I inherited from the lady who didn't have the time last year. Hope so anyway.
I was thinking about what do have them do for a first project and decided on a hat made on a loom. I was introduced to these looms last year in the club, and it's a nice easy way for a kid to get the basic idea of knitting. I was looking for a supply of the large (green) Knifty Knitter looms when I discovered that there is an actual hat loom in their product line. It's slightly larger than the green loom in the set, and has more pegs closer together. They always recommend bulky yarn for the looms, or else you use a double strand of something like worsted, but the hat loom specifies medium weight yarn. I suppose it's because the pegs are closer together, which makes the stitches smaller. It would be like using smaller needles.
There's three storage tubs full of yarn left over from last year, so I rooted through and found something that looked medium. There are very few labels in here. I made a hat with it tonight as a test. Took about four hours or maybe a little more. I think that's a bit longer than what it took me to make a hat on the green loom, probably because there are more pegs.
It seems more loosely knit and less warm and thick than the ones I made on the green loom, presumably because it's only one strand of medium weight yarn, rather than two worsted that I used before. Not a really warm hat, but it would be nice for cool weather at least.
I'm thinking to have them make a hat for homeless people before doing one for themselves, just to teach them to think about others, so I'll probably have them use bulkier yarn or double strand so it's warmer. After the hat, I thought I'd have them do a garter stitch scarf with two #8 needles, maybe also for the homeless. Then just help them pick their own projects.
The club was called "knit/crochet" by the administration before I signed up to lead it, so I suppose I'll have to learn to crochet now too.