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Teaching 6 Year Old to Crochet
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Jul 29, 2012 09:50:09   #
helenlou (a regular here)
My 6 year old great niece requested that I teach her to crochet. She gets the part of pulling the yarn through the loop, but our problem is how to hold the yarn. She is not yet coordinated enough to hold everything for an even tension and then she tends to pull the loop tight so she can't pull the yarn through. Anyone have a solution for holding the yarn which would make it easy for her?
Jul 29, 2012 10:55:43   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
Yarn guide:
Jul 29, 2012 12:24:42   #
helenlou (a regular here)
Yarn guide doesn't work. Just rolls around. She has little fingers.
Jul 30, 2012 06:08:23   #
Nifty Non
Would a bigger size needle help?
Jul 30, 2012 06:27:15   #
I was taught when I was 5 years old and couldn't hold the yarn in my left hand - still can't, so I do it as if I am knitting with the yarn and the hook in my right hand. Some of my students have taken up this style, as others have automatically taken up the yarn in the left hand and feel fine about it. Just a thought. Hope she gets there in the end.
Jul 30, 2012 06:49:34   #
trisha 54
Don't feel bad I have the same issue teaching my 11 year old granddaughter, and on top of it all she is left handed
Jul 30, 2012 07:20:55   #
i was tought when i was that age my aunt had me hold the hook between my knees and use both hands to manouver the yarn after about 6 months i was able to crochet normally this is the same way i tought my boys and they can crochet normally i just wish they would now that they are adults its better than playstation
Jul 30, 2012 08:40:50   #
My sons asked me to teach them 8 and almost 0 but they can't yet grasp the yarn the right way either. They get the YO and pull through but they can't get holding the yarn. I have never seen anyone hold the yarn in the same as the needle how does that work
Jul 30, 2012 09:59:29   #
Patty Sutter (a regular here)
helenlou wrote:
My 6 year old great niece requested that I teach her to crochet. She gets the part of pulling the yarn through the loop, but our problem is how to hold the yarn. She is not yet coordinated enough to hold everything for an even tension and then she tends to pull the loop tight so she can't pull the yarn through. Anyone have a solution for holding the yarn which would make it easy for her?

When I teach little ones, I use a soft acrylic worsted weight yarn and a larger than usual hook. Maybe even a "J" size. Time enough to learn about gauge when she's learned the basics.
Jul 30, 2012 14:23:15   #
All I can say is that I keep the tension with my left hand, holding the fabric between thumb and finger, and wrap the wool around my right hand index finger in exactly the same manner as I do with knitting, and I guess hold the crochet hook just like a knitting needle. I am going to post a number of items have have made for my soon to be grand-daughter in a couple of days, so you can see the results.
Jul 30, 2012 14:29:16   #
Gee it has been so long I can not remember how I was taught to hold the yarn, if I remember correctly I think I held a stuffed sock with the yarn around that. Caused a natural tension on the yarn and still allowed me to hold my work. Just not sure how big it was. Wow I wish sometimes I had asked my Nana how we did things. Good luck. Let us know how you get this problem fixed.
Jul 30, 2012 15:23:23   #
My grandmother taught me when I was 4 or 5. She was making rag rugs one day and I wanted to learn. With the rag strips and a large wooden hook (probably an "N"), I learned rather quickly as the rag strips must have been easier to hold.

Noreen(who still has all her old hooks, several of them wooden)
Jul 30, 2012 15:35:30   #
my grandmother taught me to knit and crochet, I being left handed and she being right. She grew quite frustrated until I told her I could make the translation from right to left if she would just go slow and tell me what she was doing. I was about 8 yrs old at the time.

Ask the ones you teach if they can do this. They are doing it automatically with so many things in their lives they may not understand the question - work with them a bit, between you, you'll figure it out.
Jul 31, 2012 13:48:39   #
I think it's wonderful that she wants you to teach her.
Just teach her the basics and let her try to do that for a while. The correct tension and the holding of the yarn will come to her naturally as she practices. We don't want to discourage them if they want to learn:) My 5 year old GD will be asking me soon - I can feel it coming. She has already messed around a little but she is still very young for this sort of thing. I'm listening to all these suggestions and taking mental notes:)
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