Crochet is Child’s Play!By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 12 Comments
Since I’m really into crochet, I consume a lot of media about crochet. You’d be surprised; if you keep your eyes open for crochet, you’ll see it popping up everywhere! While reading or listening to interviews with crochet designers, there is one theme I see popping up over and over again.
“My mother/grandmother/babysitter taught me to crochet when I was a kid. (She probably wanted to keep me busy/quiet/out of her hair.) All I knew how to do was make chains, but I would do that for hours and hours.”
Seriously, I’ve heard this theme (with variations) touched upon multiple times by people who as adults are avid crocheters and crochet designers!
The way I see it, we need more of these people in the world! What a wonderful way to get a child started on a craft that will serve them for their entire lives. What’s more, we all could benefit from the future designs of this crocheting child! Are you with me?
What I mean to say is – if you have a child/grandchild/kid you babysit who is old enough to hold a crochet hook, active enough to have excess energy, and creative enough to want to play with yarn, then by all means, keep that kid out of your hair for hours and hours by teaching him or her to crochet! Even if all they know how to do is make chains, it could lead to something big!
I myself taught a crochet class to eight 13-year-olds in Mexico City. We met after school each week and worked on projects like headbands and flowers. One of my students was so good at the double crochet that she took home a ball of yarn one afternoon and came back a couple of days later with a very large square of double crochet! Her goal was to make a blanket and she came back asking for more yarn! One student with an entrepreurial spirit became obessessed with making circles and she excitedly showed me all she had created. “I am going to sell them!” she confided.
It is just so gratifying to share your craft with a young person! Have you ever taught someone to crochet? Were you that kid who was kept quiet by crochet? Please leave your stories in the comments below.