Simply Crochet

JONAH’S HANDS

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“It was re­ally on a fluke that I dis­cov­ered cro­chet,” re­counts 11-year-old cro­chet­ing In­stas­tar Jonah Lar­son. “When I was five years old, my aunt gave us kids a bag of craft items she no longer wanted, and when I was look­ing through it I found a pointy thing. I asked Mom what it was and she told me it was a cro­chet hook. She didn’t know how to cro­chet so she helped me find a tu­to­rial on YouTube. I made a dish­cloth that day and was hooked on it from then on!” It’s un­likely Jonah or his mother Jen­nifer could have an­tic­i­pated what would come next – a boom­ing busi­ness sell­ing cus­tom cro­chet wares as fast as Jonah can make them, an In­sta­gram ac­count with tens of thou­sands of fol­low­ers around the world, var­i­ous awards, and news­pa­per ar­ti­cles dub­bing him a ‘glob­ally renowned cro­chet prodigy’.

So what’s he work­ing on now? “Right now I am work­ing on a braided cowl which some peo­ple have nick­named the ‘Jonah Cowl’. I have made 50 cowls for or­ders this past hol­i­day sea­son and the or­ders con­tinue. I can make them rather quickly but am picky that they are made per­fectly. I am also work­ing on soap sacks for do­na­tion in the com­mu­nity – I make two per day.”

De­spite his suc­cesses, Jonah has his feet firmly on the ground: “My main pri­or­ity is my ed­u­ca­tion. One day, I hope to be a sur­geon and am hop­ing the dex­ter­ity I have gained from cro­chet helps me with this.

“As far as cro­chet, I would like to make tu­to­ri­als for oth­ers as I’ve had hun­dreds of re­quests for this. I have also been talk­ing with a pub­lish­ing com­pany about writ­ing a book for chil­dren on how to cro­chet. Es­pe­cially so that boys of any age and colour know that it’s OK to cro­chet and do what you love.”

Find Jonah on In­sta­gram @jon­ah­hands.

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