Guest Post by Jackie Holinger
Crochet is a brilliant hobby for children. Even if you’re just looking for something to pass the afternoon, crochet is ideal, as even the most basic crochet styles can be learned fairly quickly.
There is something particularly rewarding about turning a single strand of yarn into something that can be worn or played with. For children this is always a great way to spend the time and you might find that they’ll want to keep at it. Of course, if you don’t know crochet yourself, it’s a great opportunity to learn with your child. It’s probably a good idea to get some practice runs in first when you can get a free moment!
It might seem like a lot of extra work, but the rewards are worth it. Not only are you helping your child to find a way of passing the time, but it’s a great way of improving their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. There’s also something particularly rewarding in seeing them create things by their own hand, working on their own crochet projects from scratch.
When teaching your child to crochet, there’s a little more preparation too, but it’s no more involved than baking or any other past time. If they learn the basic techniques and become adept at forming knots and stitches, they may want to go on to their first project. There are some simple crochet projects online, as well as books for beginners. Have a go at some of these craft projects first so you have a good grasp of what you need to do to help your son or daughter later.
The First Steps – Teaching Your Child to Crochet
To start off, pull on the starter yarn. This is so you can make a single loop knot. Your child can get involved by holding the hook needle. Teach him or her get the head of the hook through a loop and pull up. This will make a new loop, creating a chain stitch.
This is the best place to start, as a chain stitch is a good foundation to other crochet projects. A chain stitch is also good for practice runs as well, as your child will be able to get to grips with the process of forming knots. They might even want to just do long chain stitches for a while to really understand how it works before moving on, so you might need to be patient with them here.
When they are ready to move on to a proper project, they’ll be able to work from a pattern in a book or from a project you’ve downloaded. There’s a whole host of projects to choose from, which are often graded for their level of complexity. You might be surprised at how fast your child picks it up, and will be hungry for brand new, trickier projects.
Guest Author Byline
Jackie Holinger is a knitting and crochet enthusiast. Jackie recommends Pack Lane Wool because they have the best in wools and knitting accessories, such as Sirdar Indie yarn.