New pattern in time for the Blog Tour and Easter! It's an Easter Basket and Lunch Box. Make one for every little one you know and take them on a Spring Picnic http://www.ravelry.com/designers/susie-allen Use code: March at checkout and recieve 50% off this pattern and all crochet patterns

New pattern in time for the Blog Tour and Easter! It’s an Easter Basket and Lunch Box. Make one for every little one you know and take them on a Spring Picnic
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/susie-allen
Use code: March at checkout and recieve 50% off this pattern and all crochet patterns

It is that time of year again, National Crochet Month! Thank you to Crochetville for hosting this amazing event.

This past February break I found myself on Pinterest looking for an age appropriate craft to do. As I was looking, I saw a pin on crocheting with little ones and then it clicked. My little miss might be ready to learn. I could hardly sleep that night! She had difficulty with knitting as she was a bit young to master two needles but a large hook with bulky yarn would be a perfect fit.

The next morning when she woke up we got in the car and headed to our local craft shop. Involving her in the process was going to be a crucial element in getting her to really enjoy the process. After all, yarn fumes are addicting.

She knew exactly where to go as we had visited the yarn section hundreds of times before, but this time it was different it was for her and she knew it! Her eyes were as wide as they are on Christmas morning! I gently guided her to the yarn she could choose from. She weighted her options as she picked out a couple of colors. I gently reminded her that as she learns it would be helpful to be able to see the yarn clearly. (She has a huge propensity to pick out variegated yarn) She picked out her favorite color, pink of course and a yellow hook to match.

We proceeded to the checkout dodging as many distractions as wel could. She proudly clutched her bag while seated in her car seat and we headed home. On the way home I could hear her explaining the whole event excitedly to her imaginary friend. She nodded off into dream land saying I am going to make this for…..

When she awoke from dreamland, she had decided she was going to make a scarf for her friend, Penny. We ate a snack to ready ourselves for this task and she took a seat on my lap and begged to learn.

While she was sleeping I prepped the foundation chain and first row so that we were ready to go and we could minimize the frustrations. We started with learning how to yarn over, I placed the hook and Little Miss yarned over for the first time. She was thrilled that she was on her way….

Next with hand over hand assistance, we did a couple stitches together and in a short time she was doing her own clever stitches. It is important that we remember that its about the process. After three or four rows she went back to playing with her dolls and dress up but for a short while our two worlds became one. We enjoyed time together and I can only hope that I started to plant the seed of love for all things crochet.

Little Miss occasionally asks to sit and work on her scarf with me, she has procured her own project bag because of course in her words “Every good crocheter needs one!” We are on our way to making a scarf for penny . She lovingly brought her project bag to knit night at my LYS (The Village Knitter in Babylon, NY) and she showed off to all the ladies the little bit of scarf she had lovingly made with all of its imperfections. She beamed with pride as the compliments flowed. Good job Little Miss! Crochet on !

Thanks again to Crochetville for allowing me to participate again in this great event. Please visit their page. http://www.crochetville.com and check out all the great info about Halos for Hope.

As a thank you for reading and participating in National Crochet Month, please enjoy 50% off all crochet patterns in my ravelry shop with the code: March for the next 2 weeks. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/susie-allenLong Beach Kids Hipster Hatphoto 2

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