Crochet Projects for Kids
and Easy Crochet Patterns
If you know how to crochet, you may enjoy passing this skill onto a child. Many people, like me, learned to crochet as adults. However, learning the skill of being able to turn a skein of yarn into a usable item often fascinates children, and they will beg to learn to crochet. Don't hesitate to teach them! I have known children who were able to learn the easy crochet patterns in early elementary school. In fact, children love to learn all types of needlework, including learning how to hand stitch simple articles of clothing to create their own costumes, learning how to hook potholders, learning to needlepoint, learning to embroider and learning to knit or crochet. These are fun, old-fashioned skills that still fascinate children today.
Keep the Child's First Crochet Project Simple
When I taught two of our daughters to crochet, I began by teaching them how to do a basic single-crochet chain. At first, we created long chains out of brightly colored crochet yarn, to create simple necklaces and friendship bracelets that they could give to their friends. I took them shopping to pick out pretty, multi-colored yarns. We stuck with the crochet yarns that were relatively smooth, and stayed away from the complex novelty yarns because sometimes those yarns make it difficult to see the stitches. I wanted their initial experience to be as fun and easy as possible. While my daughters were learning to crochet these chains, the hardest part was helping them learn to relax, and not pull the yarn too tight. I let them use a really large crochet hook, which made it easier for their young hands to grasp. I sat with them and, when I saw they were pulling the yarn tight, I would help them loosen it. Looser yarn made it much easier for them to pull the yarn through the hoops they were creating as they crocheted. Gradually, they relaxed, and began to have fun while they crocheted long chains as they sat and watched TV. Then, I knew that they were ready to move on to the next step.
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Teach Children the Double Crochet Stitch
Once the girls had learned to relax and create smooth chains using the single crochet stitch, I began to teach them how to make a thicker chain using the double crochet stitch. These larger chains also made fun, pretty, colorful bracelets. Sometimes we also used them as ribbons to tie around the wrapped birthday gifts they were giving their friends. They were so proud of these homemade ribbons!
Teach Children to Crochet a Granny Square
Once they know how to double crochet, the next step in the process is to teach the child to make a granny square. If you are unfamiliar with this basic crochet design, there are many crochet instructions for the granny square pattern available for free on the internet. You should practice making a few squares yourself, before you try to teach the pattern to a child. Do not let the child get too carried away with the size of the granny squares that they are making. Have them keep each granny square to no more than 8" on each side. The first couple of granny squares that they make can be used as potholders or hot pads in the kitchen. Then, it won't matter if they are a little lumpy or uneven. In addition, your child will be proud to see you use their products in your home, even if they aren't perfect!
Once they get the hang of making granny squares that are fairly smooth, square and symmetrical, have them create several in complimentary colors that you can assemble into a miniature crocheted blanket or afghan. As they are making their squares, have them lay their squares on top of each other, so you can both be sure that each square is about the same size. You may even want to help the child out by making one square yourself for every square that your child makes. Once the two of you have made six granny squares, teach them how to do a simple loop stitch and join the squares together into a little doll size crocheted blanket that is about 16" by 24" in size. If you have made half of the squares, you can alternate your squares with the ones that were made by the child. You can also add a little trim around some of the squares, if necessary, to get them all close to the same size and to help them fit together smoothly. This will be the child's first full-size completed project and they will be excited to show it off to their friends. Once my daughters learned to crochet, I found myself teaching several of their friends how to crochet friendship bracelets and other simple items, too! It was a great project to keep them entertained during sleepovers!
Keep the Learning Experience Fun and Relaxed
If they are satisfied with their accomplishment, and do not want to practice anymore, let them stop at any point. Even if they never make a granny square, just teaching them how to make crocheted friendship bracelets will give them a sense of accomplishment! As you crochet and make new things, they may want to try their hand at other projects. They may also want to try to use different types of crochet yarn. You can buy them a couple of skeins of baby yarn and let them turn one gigantic granny square into a baby blanket for a favorite teacher or older sister. There are also patterns for simple crocheted dolls that they may want to try to make. Occasionally, you may have to undo a few of their stitches and help fix a mistake. They will learn that everyone makes mistakes, and they are easy to fix. Most of the time, however, just let them experiment and heap lots of praise on them, regardless of how the projects turn out. They will love the experience!
How far they want to go with this will depend on the child. One of my daughters stopped with her first doll afghan, and was very pleased with her creation. My other daughter went on to learn how to read crochet patterns and eventually created a beautiful afghan with three-dimensional roses crocheted into the pattern. Be satisfied with whatever level of experience satisfies them. The important thing is that you passed on a new skill that they will be able to pick up again whenever they wish!
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