Tips for Teaching Children to Crochet
My mother taught me to crochet when I was 5 years old. I was in my 20’s when I picked up a hook again, but it didn’t take me long to become hooked (pun intended). Naturally, now that I have 5 daughters of my own, my desire is to have them learn to crochet. I tried to teach them last year but it just wasn’t ‘clicking’. One of them threw in the towel rather quickly, while the other drudged on, not getting to far. I decided if I was going to see her stick it out I needed to take some action. This is the scene I found today….. My 8 year old has decided to give it one more shot (with some nudging from my 7 year old who is “teaching” her). I was really excited!
Sometimes they just need it done a little different. I encourage you to try again if it doesn’t seem to be working. Here are some tips that helped my daughters tremendously.
- Try a bigger hook – even if it’s bigger than what is recommended for the yarn. My daughter has low vision and couldn’t see the stitches (major problem when you’re crocheting). So I gave her my “N” hook to use with worsted weight yarn.
- Try a lighter color yarn – Some people have a harder time seeing the stitches with a darker color. We switched her from purple (her favorite) to pink. These two things alone made a huge difference.
- Do the chain row for them – I may get some who disagree with this, but getting them going was the hardest part. My girls could not get their chain stitches loose enough, or the same size, etc. I did the beginning chain and the first row for them. It gave them enough of a boost to get them excited.
If you’re looking for some help on how to teach a left-handed child, check out my 3 Tips for Teaching Left-handed Crocheters.