It is hard to know where to start when teaching a young child how to crochet. I have put together a list of 8 tips that are designed to make it less daunting and ensure that both the child and the teacher have fun.
Move at their own pace – The child shouldn’t feel rushed. They will probably spend a lot of time making chains at first and this is fine, they can make lovely decorations, necklaces and bracelets out of rows of chain stitches. Twinkles first project was a chain stitch scarf for her Devon Rescue Doll.
Use a suitable yarn and hook – Use a single light coloured yarn as it will help the child to see the shape of the stitches. It is also useful to make little balls of yarn, as they are less likely to get tangled than a larger ball and are less intimidating.
A large hook and thicker yarn will make it easier for the child to hold.
Choose your time Don’t start a new skill when the child is tired or distracted. Where possible, one on one tuition is beneficial when teaching younger children.
Comfortable Make sure your child is comfortable, some children may like to be curled up in a favourite chair when crocheting, others may prefer a table. Twinkle likes to be snuggled up on the sofa with her Boohoo Mermaid Tail. I love this t-shirt, it says “My favourite colour is GLITTER” which is a great t-shirt to wear to get into the crafty mood!
Achievability – If they struggle with the two handed process involved in crochet, ditch the hook and start with finger crochet. There is a great video by Happy Berry Crochet which shows how to do this.
Language – Use language your child will understand. As with many hobbies, crochet can appear to have a language of its own, keep things simple and allow the child to use their own terminology if they want to.
Fun – Encourage children to craft for the fun of crafting.
Be Positive Don’t forget to tell them how proud you are of their achievements however small they may appear to you. This will encourage them to try again and again until they become confident crocheters.
Disclosure: Twinkle’s outfit was sent to us by BooHoo for the purpose of review, however all opinions stated are my own.