Crochet Today… like a 5-year-old. Tips for teaching your budding crafter

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  1. Ellyn says:

    oh wow! Now I really can’t wait for my issue to show up in the mailbox! Very cool.

  2. Catherine says:

    Congratulations Abby!

  3. Fanie says:

    I’d like to learn crochet a little better in 2010, so I’ll defenetely check out Crochet today! And it’s a plus if you’ve written an article in it. :-)

  4. Nothing better than to craft with your child – mine is an adult – I crochet while she cuts and paints. My granddaughter wants me to teach her how to “needle.” Alas, she is only 3 so we’ll have to wait for a while!

  5. oh wow ive to buy that issue :)

  6. Renee H. says:

    Last week my 10 year old asked me to teach her how to crochet. I did try to teach her but I’m a beginner myself and she’s left handed (I am not) so after much frustration on both ends we gave up. We’ll try again soon.

    Congrats to both you and Abby on the magazine article. I’ll be sure to pick up this issue!

  7. jennifer says:

    Hi Renee. Good luck on your next attempt at teaching your daughter to crochet. Before your next lesson, you might want to check out the book “Kids Crochet: Projects for Kids of All Ages” by Kelli Ronci. It’s a great source for kid-friendly crochet projects and includes clear and helpful illustrations by Lena Corwin. All the best! – Jennifer

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Jennifer. I’m happy to see you and Abby in the mag. I enjoy it and have thought it’s getting better and better. Now I’m sure of it. :)

  9. Bev says:

    Hey, I was lurking in the magazine aisle the other day, looking for this issue, but we’re still only on the autumn issue here in Australia. Guess we won’t get the ‘Winter’ issue till the sun’s high and the last thing we think of is snuggly warm crochet! I’ll keep an eye out though because I’d love to see your article. Give Abby a big high five from me. She’s a star!

  10. jennifer says:

    I will high five Abby when she wakes up. She will be very pleased to receive a long-distance high-five from you, Bev. : )

  11. jennifer says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth. I just wish I had more time to try out more of the patterns in the magazine. Funny how there never seems to be enough time.

  12. This is a perfect post for me right now. I come from a long line of crochet and knitters. I’ve learned to do both…a long time ago. I remember crocheting a dress for my teddy bear, even. However, it’s been a good 20 years since I’ve picked up those kinds of needles. My Mother stayed with my girls while I was away for the weekend and started teaching them to crochet (at the request of my oldest). Ever since (that was a good 3 years ago) my daughter has been asking me to continue teaching her. So, I finally decided now is the time. And then I came upon your post! Thanks for the nudging that now is the time to teach my girls. I had thought my Son was too young, however, he is almost 5. Maybe once he sees the girls going, he might want to try it too! Again, thank you.
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

  13. Janet says:

    I’ve been crocheting since I was seven years old, and I still do, I love it. And I had always said I would pass this on to my daughter someday. I just wasn’t sure when the right time would be. Last week the subject came up and I chatted with my five year old daughter about learning how to crochet and she showed some real interest. And then coincidentally, I picked up this magazine yesterday and saw your article. I was excited, so this afternoon, I showed my daughter the pictures of Abby crocheting and she jumped up and said she wanted to crochet right then. So, using your example in the article, I let her do it her own way and it worked out very well. She showed very little frustration. She was so enthusiastic through the whole process I couldn’t help grinning. And she made her first crochet chain necklace! She already has plans to make a crochet necklace for one of her close cousins as a birthday gift and plans on selling her crochet creations at some point. And like you, I have a hard time playing it cool too.

    Thanks so much for your inspirational article!!!

    Janet

  14. jennifer says:

    Hi Janet. Thank you so much for sharing the story of teaching your daughter how to crochet. I’m so glad you found the article useful. Congrats on passing on your love of the craft! All the best to you and daughter. Just think of all the fond memories you’ll have of your time crocheting together. Cheers! Jennifer

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