Recently I had the privilege to spend some time with Jonah Larson, crocheter extraordinaire! For the past few years he has steadily gained social media attention as he shares his love of crochet with his fans from all over the world.
Touted as a crochet prodigy and master crocheter, Jonah first picked up a crochet hook at the age of 5 when his aunt dropped off a bag of craft supplies that she no longer used. After watching dozens of videos, Jonah taught himself to crochet and made a dishcloth as his first project. And as Jonah himself will tell you, from that moment on he was hooked!
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Larson
Jonah went on to make hundreds of hats, dozens of afghans and scores of his signature cowls. It seems any conceivable project that can be crocheted, Jonah has made successfully, at least once! As a matter of fact, at age 11, Jonah can crochet through almost 25 skeins of yarn a week, all while attending school and maintaining excellent grades!
Jonah clearly loves to crochet, but he also enjoys spreading the joy by teaching others. He has shared the craft of crochet with state politicians, his teachers and classmates, and through numerous local and national TV guest appearances. He even has his own YouTube channel where you can watch tutorials on his latest projects.
Recently Jonah and his mom visited our offices and studio to film a class for Annie’s Creative Studio. Learn to Crochet with Jonah is a six-part series perfect for new and beginning crocheters.
I was able to spend some time with Jonah and his mom and share the cover of the December 2019 issue of Crochet World which features the pattern for his Nordic Winter Afghan and includes an great interview covering the projects Jonah is currently working on including the book he and his mom wrote together about his life (so far!)
Jonah’s generous nature and quick smile, along with his love of crochet makes him the perfect ambassador for our craft. Sharing his story of adoption, difficulties in school and how crochet became the touchstone that helped him through the rough patches, speaks to the real life struggles we all face. From his young perspective we are reminded that we too can find patches of joy in our daily lives. True to his life philosophy, the title of his recently published book sums it all up: Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy.
You can find Jonah’s Nordic Winter Afghan pattern and interview in the December 2019 issue of Crochet World at your local craft and book stores or online here.
Jonah’s book is available here.
You can learn more about Annie’s Creative Studio here.