Do you love to do crafts with your kids? Are you looking for a craft which will be a usable product when they are finished? Crafts can be very helpful in teaching kids how to focus and set goals. In addition, it gives them a feeling of accomplishment. Finding a craft to fill all these areas sounds like a big job, right? Nope, teaching a child to crochet can be very simple. Crocheting is especially a good place to start with a younger child as they only have to use a single needle versus two needles with knitting.
- A hook (any size but a J hook is a good size for small hands)
- Worsted weight yarn
- Pattern (you can find beginner patterns on Pinterest)
Crochet hooks come in different materials; they can be metal or plastic. I, personally, like the metal hooks but for a child I would consider starting out with a plastic hook. Since plastic hooks are lighter weight it might be easier for some kids to handle.
Getting that knot perfected can sometimes be a challenge. I would start there and make sure the child practices making knots before you move onto the actual pattern.
Personally, I would use a beginning dish cloth or wash cloth pattern for a young child. When I crochet my own dish cloths and wash cloths, I don’t really use a pattern. Since it is a basic stitch I just gauge my size. However, if you want to use a pattern, there are plenty of free ones on Pinterest to help you. I also would start out with the single crochet stitch until the child learns the basics of crocheting. Let them master that stitch before moving on to other stitches.
When teaching crochet it is easier if you are sitting side by side, possibly on your couch. I would do away with distractions like television so you have their full attention. It is also very important to know whether the child is left or right handed as this will make a difference in your pattern direction.
Crocheting is a great craft to learn and could be a great bonding hobby with your child. I didn’t learn to crochet until I became an adult and I believe it would have been much easier to learn as a child. They say a child as young as four years old can learn to crochet.
In addition to bonding and making a craft with your child, you’re teaching them a skill which can be very useful to them as an adult.
I would love to see any finished products you have from teaching your child to crochet.