First grade handwork ~ Satchkin Patchkin

Waldorf handwork

This week my son brought home his Satchkin Patchkin.

It was a super proud moment for Max and for me. Because for the better part of this year, Max carefully and slowly knitted his Satchkin Patchkin doll.

First grade handwork

Before the children started knitting, they were presented with their own beautiful wooden knitting needles. They then carefully used beeswax to buff them ready for knitting.

And during their two handwork classes each week, as they sat and knitted, their handwork teacher told them the story of Satchkin Patchkin.


In the telling of his story, and in his creation, Satchkin Patchkin took on a life of his own… almost like a Waldorf Pinocchio *grin*

For months I had heard tales of Max’ doll.

Satchkin on the chair

About his little hat, his little pocket (to hold treasures, of course!) and his adventures. How Max had sewn along the edges of his body to create his arms. How he had chosen purple for his pants.

So when he finally came home we all loved him already. Teddy even stole him away as soon as he had the chance!

Waldorf Satchkin Patchkin

I found a copy of Satchkin Patchkin too, just so I could read all about him *grin*

And how wonderful for the grade one children to have the joy and knowledge of creation! And as Judy Forster explained in her article about handwork on The Parenting Passageway, Steiner thought of thinking as a kind of ‘cosmic knitting’

When you take ideas and put them together to form more complicated thoughts, it is similar to the process of knitting where one thread is pulled up again and again to create a fabric.

Satchkin Patchkin

Pretty special huh!

Blessings, Kelly


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  • Reply Kim November 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    This is wonderful! I knitted a similar doll when I was in elementary school (I didn’t go to a Waldorf school, but knitting was part of the curriculum). Seeing this post brings back so many memories.
    I am now an avid knitter and my son, who will be 4 next month, is already showing interest in the craft. Earlier today he had picked up the vest I am knitting for him and tried to add to it, which resulted in several dropped stitches of course. But I’m so happy he appreciates my knitting and a few dropped stitches are easily fixed.

    • Reply Kelly November 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Glad to help bring back happy memories 🙂 and how lovely that your son is so interested in your knitting – he might like making twisties while you do your handwork x

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