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baby-bumblebee
« on: January 06, 2007 03:23:45 PM »

How old do you think is a good age to start to teach a child to crochet? Also how do you think would be the best way to go about it?Huh

My dd wants to learn but she is only 5 and cannot tie her shoes yet. She is close but I am not sure if she would get the crochet thing or not.

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IamSusie
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007 03:38:08 PM »

I have the same question.  My daughter wants to learn, but we tried it and it was just total frustration for her.  She is only 6 and I told her we'd try again when she is about 8. 
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R3n331
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2007 03:56:07 PM »

i think 5 is a great age to start learning,
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IamSusie
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007 04:39:08 PM »

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i think 5 is a great age to start learning,

Did you learn at age 5? or have you taught 5 year olds crochet? My 5 year old was too young and lacked the fine motor skills at that age.   She can do whipstitch embroidery though.
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R3n331
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2007 04:40:17 PM »

No Susie but my son was 5 Smiley
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IamSusie
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2007 05:05:39 PM »

I'd love to see what your sweet crafty son crochets  Smiley

What hook size and yarn did you start him off with?
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R3n331
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2007 05:09:50 PM »

I gave him a Q
it fit in his hand, Ill go drag out what he made Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2007 05:20:43 PM »

I  think  each  child  is  different  my 6 year old  son  can  do  single and slip stitch  ,  my daughter at 7  can finally get  the half double down  with good  tension....  she  can  also slip and single......   she  learned  all that in one  weekend.   son  took to  it in a day.   it  really is the  kid and the  patience of the  teacher I think......  I  also  was teaching a  lefty (daughter)  but  I  also was  learning  at the  same time.  So  as  a 35 year old that  can only slip , single and half double,   I think I hindered  their  learning ! LOL  good  luck!
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2007 05:28:46 PM »

My little cutie pie is a "young" six-and-a-half.  She still hasn't lost her first tooth and is still a bit baffled by shoe tying.  I think we'll give crochet another try before she turns 7. 

Whe I was an older kid I made a chain stitch garland out of a whole skein of rainbow yarn.  I used my finger, not a hook.  I finished it off by chaining my chain and got a more reasonable length of garland.  I did this on a long family car trip. 
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2007 08:01:28 PM »

I learned at 3. I made Mom *lots* of chain necklaces and then graduated on to nosewarmers when I was 5 or so.

My daughter - who is 12 now - isn't a crocheter at all. She knits (english style, while the rest of my family is cont.).

I say, let them try with no pressure. Tell them how awesome their finished projects are, and they'll want to do it because Mom is doing it.
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