Crochet is an ideal hobby for kids, requiring concentration and perseverance while keeping them away from a screen. But how do you get them started (and keep the momentum)? What projects are suitable for young crocheters? Read on for a collection of ideas to help them begin.
A simple chain necklace
This is one of the easiest crochet projects going and one that doesn’t even require the use of a hook if you don’t want to. With yarn as chunky as you fancy and the ability to use beads to add interest, this is an ideal project for children who want to tackle something easy for faster gratification.
Simple crochet flowers
These make a cute introduction to crochet as they’re small and fairly quick to make, which suits the attention span of younger children perfectly. Brain Balance reports a normal attention span to be 2-3 minutes per year of age, so short, quick projects are ideal for small crocheters. Using any size of hook and yarn, these are ideal for children who may struggle to grip a smaller hook.
A hookless scarf
A scarf is a traditional item for new crocheters to make, with all manner of possible patterns. There are even scarf crochet kits available, with all needed yarn supplied so you can just get crocheting. You can see the latest collection of crochet kits online at specialist sites for more inspiration.
If you fancy a design that doesn’t need a hook, there are patterns that don’t need them, making them ideal for small hands. The simple shape of a scarf is ideal for beginners, and they’re easy to jazz up with the use of colourful or chunky yarns. As children get better at the craft you can make these more difficult by adding stripes or other patterns to the design.
A single crochet beanie
A basic beanie using only one type of stitch is a brilliant introduction to crochet. They’re simple to make, and the repetition of the single stitch ensures that children are practising it repeatedly, helping the stitch become second nature to produce.