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Encourage our Children to Learn How to Crochet

By Edited May 16, 2016 4 16

Teach your child how to crochet

People have been crocheting for centuries, and it is a wonderful craft to teach your children. We all need to encourage our children to learn how to crochet so as to keep this magnificent craft active for not only our children but our grandchildren. Crochet is a great way to keep our children active and away from sitting glued to the TV, playing video games or straining their eyes on the computer.

 

This is a way of getting them to sit outside in the sunshine and challenge their friends to create their own gifts for family and friends. Crochet will also teach them creativity and something that they can also do on their own. It is easier for small fingers to manage than knitting which takes two needles.

 

What you need to get started

Thread -Let your child choose a nice bright color of their choice to work with. Do not select a fine thread to begin with as it will be harder for them to see the tiny stitches. In the beginning children will be impatient to see it grow so choose a medium 8 ply wool as it would make it grow quicker.

Crochet Hook – I would suggest a medium size hook to go with the thicker wool as this will be easier to manage and see if they drop the stitch. Plus it will also help it grow quicker. Make sure the hook is a contrasting color to the wool as it will be easier to see the stitches.

Relax and be comfortable - Choose a comfortable place like a lounge so you can sit next to the child you are teaching in a well lit area. It is a good idea for you to have a crochet hook and wool of your own to show her how to do it one step at a time.

 

Learn How to Crochet

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crochet
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This book will give you step-by-step pictures to show you how to visually create crochet stitches.

Think of something to Create

Choosing what to create - The simplest thing to do in the first place is to crochet squares. That way they can do all different colored squares which will stop them from becoming bored. They could also crochet squares using up all your scraps of different colors. These can then be joined together to give the blanket to their nana or give you for Mother’s day.

They could also build a continuous length to create a nice warm scarf for the winter, either for themselves or a friend.

Before creating anything, give them some scrap wool and show them how to form a loop, make a chain with just a few stitches. They can even unpick this and do it again to make sure they know how to do it. When they have done a few rows show them how to cast off with a small amount of stitches, so they can see that they have actually crocheted a few rows.

Then teach them how to do a double crochet if they feel confident to continue. That way it doesn’t matter if they make mistakes and split the wool.

Boye Crochet Dude Beginner's Kit
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This kit includes an instruction book, threads, crochet hooks, tape measure and other bits and pieces. Ideal for the child to start with.

Learn how to Crochet a square

Instructions on how to make a crochet square

Show your child how to make a loop (which will make the first stitch) when they have done that show them how to make a chain.

Make 25 chain stitches, which will be your first row. Show them how to turn it around then teach them how to form a double crochet.  Be sure they understand how to put the yarn around the hook correctly. This is often where it becomes confusing to children.

To make the work grow quicker, teach your child how to do a treble crochet stitch. This will of course depend on the age and ability of the child to pick up your instructions.

It doesn’t matter if they make a mistake as that is part of learning so you need to be patient, and encourage and support them to do their best.

When it is big enough for a square cast off and then start another one. Make them in all different colors.

Other simple things for them to crochet

Your child could also crete simple things like a bookmark, a dishcloth, facecloth, scarf or why not try to make their own crochet coat hangers or even a small blanket for their doll.

Whatever they learn to crochet, be sure to encourage and support them on their achievements. This will give them confidence to challenge themselves to do other more complicated projects.

Once they have achieved the basics of this or mums may like to try their hand at filet crochet.

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Comments

Jun 11, 2011 5:26pm
divaonline
Needle work is a great thing for young children to learn. I especially like the idea of having little ones make squares. Not all the images below are included in your article. Is that intentional?
Jun 11, 2011 11:32pm
eileen
Thanks Diva, No I am having trouble with the images loading. Yesterday I added a few and nothing worked so kept trying to get one to load. Evidently they all did but I just could not see them so have now deleted the others. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
Jun 11, 2011 8:16pm
southerngirl09
I love to crochet and enjoyed teaching my daughter. It is a hobby both of us share, and a few years ago we both learned to knit. And between the two of us, we have enough yarn to make a small country!
Jun 11, 2011 11:33pm
eileen
Thanks southern girl It is great to do things like that with our kids and it keeps the craft active and into the new century so it does not die out.
Jun 12, 2011 2:18pm
Venetia
Eileen: I hope to one day learn to crochet and tat as well. At the same time I am working on my "droopy little house" I am cleaning out my grandmother's little home I have been living in since 2006...I have a large handful of her crochet needles she had kept together...and remember her doing it - but for some reason I never learned. How I wish I had. She was a very independent woman and I guess that and gardening were her hobbies to get away from it all (and us - lol). Great reminder for us to pass down these wonderful crafts to our children. Thank you.
Jun 13, 2011 3:32am
eileen
Thanks venetia, hope you still find the time to enjoy this wonderful craft with everything else that you are doing.
Jun 12, 2011 2:43pm
2enjoylife8
Thanks! My grandmother taught me to crochet and it was so relaxing! Unfortunately I haven't done it for so long, I can't remember exactly how. Thanks for the refresher, so I can teach my kids!
Jun 13, 2011 3:33am
eileen
2enjoylife8 thanks for stopping by and yes hope you remember how to crochet again and keep the craft alive for years to come
Jun 13, 2011 9:02am
samsons1
I love to crochet. As a small child my mom taught me the basics, but being a boy I just never pursued it. At age sixty-five I re-introduced myself to crochet and now make bottle wraps, dishtowel tops for the oven door, door-knob covers for the holidays and last year finish a large 'throw' while watching TV and being confined to the inside because of bad weather. I was amazed at how much I retained...
Jun 13, 2011 9:10am
eileen
Samsoni, that is incredible. I know of men that knit now your the first one I met that crocheted. Good on Ya
Jun 13, 2011 10:35am
samsons1
thanks eileen, I find the exercise is good for my fingers and in the winter when I can't 'piddle' outside, I like to crochet as my wife embroiders and we watch TV together...
Sep 10, 2011 11:23pm
delo1
Nice article, thanks. My daughter in law, a left hander, asked me to teach her how to crochet. We were away from home and I didn't have a crochet hook with me. With a bit of thinking outside the square I was actually able to demonstrate and show her how to create a chain by using a tooth brush and reflecting what I was doing in a mirror. There is something about being crafty isn't there!

HiSamsonsi, my Dad was the person who taught me to knit.
Sep 11, 2011 1:32am
eileen
Thanks delo1, That is terrific imagination. It is amazing how we can improvise when put in that position. Good on you for thinking outside the spot and making it work. More people should teach kids these types of crafts and keep them occupied and out of trouble or mischief.
Oct 21, 2011 12:37am
AuroraWindsor
Very informative article. Crochet sounds like a good craft to teach to a child.
Feb 9, 2012 9:09am
Lynsuz
I love to crochet. The hardest was a tablecloth, took me 5 years to finish, but what a thrill it was when I put it on my table for the first time. I have 1 grand-daughter that is learning, so far it is just pot holders and dish rags. but that is a good start.
Feb 10, 2012 4:00am
eileen
Aurora Windsor, thanks for that yes it is a great and easy craft for children to learn.

Lynsuz, That must have been exhilarating when you finished what an achievement. I don't know if I would be able to do something that big.
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