So, to practice chain stitch and do more and more chain stitch until it comes naturally, is a good thing that children can do to help themselves to progress further. Children and beginners will find it difficult to follow a pattern or even do a row of single crochet without the ability to hold the yarn at the right tension for it to slide easily through the stitches. The action of the wrist of the hand that holds the hook when making stitches is also something to be acquired. Chain and more chain is the way to go!
Here is how to do a slip knot and chain stitch
But what can you do with all the lengths of chain once they have been made? Well, simply making them might be enough to satisfy some children. Others might want to see a purpose, not just doing it for the sake of learning it before they can really crochet 'something'. The amount of chain stitch needed to do will really depend on each individual child but to be impatient before they are really ready to move on to learning stitches could only end in frustration.
We discovered that buttons can easily be incorporated with chain stitch. They really look quiet pretty when hung in a string. Lengths of chain stitch and buttons can be made into bracelets, necklaces, room decorations, belts depending on the size buttons that you choose to use.
|Crochet Chain & Buttons|
We chose to use cool coloured buttons and decorated a mini foil covered Christmas tree so as to look icy, as a winter decoration. To do this, you will need to thread all the buttons onto a length of wool before the chaining can begin.
|Using a sewing needle, thread the buttons on to the yarn|
|Slide the buttons along the yarn before a stitch is made|
|Icy Christmas tree craft|
At what age can a child learn to crochet? We would recommend, on average, age 7 years upwards. If you try before then, without success, the child could be discouraged forever. Buying a whole ready made crochet kit for children can be over facing for a child, with many projects left unfinished.
All you really need is a coloured yarn in order to take it step by step, at your child's pace.