Last year, I was asked to teach some groups of young kids to crochet.
I had grand plans for some fun things we could make, but I overestimated their fine motor skills and so we made a very simple project they could do in one sitting with a little help from me to finish them off. I had loads of folks ask how we did it so I thought I’d share it with you.
How to Make Simple Chained Bracelets
The kids I worked with were mostly 6 & 7 year olds. I showed them how to chain using a crochet hook and only 1 or 2 of the group could manage it. Kids being kids though, they came up with their own way to use the hook with their skills. Kids are so cool.
If you know what I know as “finger knitting”, that’s basically what they did with the hook – they used it like a finger and managed to chain away happy as Larry.
You will need…
- yarn (hint : roll it into small balls as they are much easier for them to handle)
- crochet hook (I recommend no smaller than 4 mm)
- yarn needle
- needle with a small enough eye to fit through the holes in the button
Show them how to make a slip knot. I did it by getting them to lay a loop of their yarn down on the floor and then fold it over the yarn from the ball and pull up a loop for the hook like so :
Demonstrate chaining then go around the kids one by one showing them again and watch and help them have a go. If they struggle, let them know its ok to use their fingers to move the yarn over the hook. The kids I taught tended to do this automatically anyway.
Don’t worry about tension – they will be happy with whatever they do. Some will be super tight and others super loose. It really doesn’t matter. It’s about making something, not being an instant perfect chainer.
You’ll want them to make a length of chain long enough to wrap comfortably around their wrist at least twice with a little extra length. Depending on their attention span, some will just do that, others will end up with many, many wraps. It’s cool either way.
Once they have a long enough chain, you can take over. Form a loop at the working end of their chain large enough to fit over their button of choice. Simply slip stitch into the chains for a few stitches. Weave in the end using the yarn needle.
Using the tail from the beginning, thread your needle for sewing on the button. Once you’ve gone through the holes, switch back to your hook and slip stitch a few stitches up the chain then weave in the end.
There will be some kids who can handle these bits, but most I have taught were happy to hand this bit over to me.
Wrap it around their wrist as many times as is comfortable, pop the loop over the button and watch their wee faces beam with pride!
That’s all there is to it. Grab a bunch of kids and pass on the joy of mucking about with yarn. It’s fun. 🙂