Children have a lot of passion and energy, and can be the perfect candidates to learn!
These tips highlight ways you can pass on knowledge in ways that inspire and motivate young people so that they will have a fantastic introduction to crochet, and hopefully become lifelong learners.
Before I give my top 5 tips, I should say that there is no magic age for children to learn.
Whether you're teaching your children, grandchildren, or other children within your community, be sure to gauge their interest and patience:
- are they interested in learning,
- can they sit still for at least 30 minutes,
- will they be able to practice what you teach?
If you've answered yes to all three above, then these 5 tips will hep you to teach children to crochet with greater ease:
- Use a big yarn (weight 5 or 6, big and bulky). The large yarn will be easier for them to hold, easier for them to see, and easier for them to understand the stitches and fabric they are creating. Use a color they will like, but show them options that are in the weight category you choose. Finally, don’t use yarn with a lot of texture / color / ply; keep it simple.
- Use a big hook Use 1 or 2 hook sizes larger than the yarn calls for, because their tension may be off. Just like giving your child giant crayons when they start to draw, we can mimic that with crochet. You might want to use a big plastic hook, too, because it weighs less and will be easier on their hands.
- Start with the chain stitch. If they’re struggling with the slip knot, just do it for them in the beginning. Chaining is a great milestone, helps practice motor skills as they hold their yarn & hook, and learn the motions of crochet. Then, don’t dump too much on them; when they are ready to move on from the chain they will tell you.
- Use stitch markers: Stitch markers help to count stitches, and to identify the first and last stitch of every row / round. This will assure that stitch anatomy and recognition are learned early on; what counts as a stitch, and what does not. You want this to be a nice, relaxing skill that you pass on. If you don’t know what counts as a stitch and what doesn’t, kids won’t either, and they will use you as a crutch to help them identify where to stop & start a row, where to join in the round, and more.
- First project? HDC Washcloth! The HDC is just enough motions and height to learn crochet. From there, the SC and Dc are easy adaptations to learn and try. When they’ve learned with larger yarn, going down to weight 4 yarn and cotton will be a next great project from them in the Easy category. A washcloth is also a great functional first project.
Now that you have some guidelines when teaching children to crochet, I hope you have a template that will be fun for you to teach, and easy for them to learn!
Crochet is truly our passion, and we would love to see it passed through the generations in better hands than we found it.
So, teaching the next generation in a way that is fun, easy to adopt, and gives them small milestones to continue is one way we can assure that crochet continues!
If you found these tips to be helpful, please let us know in the comments today!
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