My kids love to crochet. Coming from a family where their mom is a chronic crochetaholic, they sort of naturally fell into it. (My four year old calls crochet her ‘destiny’. I’m a proud mamma!)
But, they all began their crochet journey by going through the rhythm of the endless foundation chain to learn hook technique and tension. To them it’s fun to knot yarn but they always get impatient when it comes to getting that chain down. How do you explain to a 4 year old that it’s game on once they master it and then they can run off to the races with their first real project?
Since impatience is where a lot of young (and old) crocheters decide to give up–because it’s boring to crochet chains over and over and over–what’s better to encourage practice then to turn your foundation chains into a super fun project!
This is something that relatively young children can tackle (with supervision and guidance) and be successful with! Once they make a few, they will be begging to practice chaining just to make more bracelets!
What you’ll need:
- A crochet hook (any size will do for this project)
- Yarn (any weight or brand will work but I find plain old kitchen cotton (the kind you use to make washcloths from) the best for younger fingers because it’s sturdy and easier to see your stitch-work when crocheting.)
- A button
- A clipboard or a binder clip and some sturdy cardboard.
The basic process of making a chevron friendship bracelet is super simple for children to master. It does take some patience and younger children will need some help making sure their colors cross the proper way, but I promise it’s a lot of fun!
The DIY Chevron Friendship Bracelet tutorial from HGTV Handmade on YouTube does an amazing job at describing the basic technique for getting the chevron pattern down. Take a few minutes to watch the process and before you know it, you’ll be making bracelets faster than you can wear them!
Now that you know the mechanics, it’s time to work the same bracelet with lengths of foundation chain!
Depending on the thickness of your yarn, your bracelet will take on dramatically different looks! Have fun experimenting with color and texture!
And if your little one is still too young to chain (or really doesn’t want to) make your chevron bracelet without chaining! Textured yarns look lovely in the chevron pattern!
Don’t forget to have fun and remember that having a good time will always get a huge thumbs up from your littles!! After all, that’s why we all love to play with yarn too, right?!?!