Meet the 11-Year-Old Who's Being Called a "Crocheting Prodigy"
Jonah Larson has been crocheting since he was just five years old—and he has no plans of stopping.
Looking to pick up a new hobby? Be inspired by Jonah Larson, an 11-year-old boy who's completely hooked on crochet. After earning accolades on NPR, Forbes, and even an invitation to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he's landed a new book deal with Wisconsin-based KWiL Publishing. The upcoming release titled "Hello, Crochet Friends! Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happy" will be available for purchase July 2019 and co-authored with his mother Jennifer Larson.
Stitching for nearly five hours a day-a little before school and again after school, but never at dinnertime per his mother's request!-the self-taught crafter completed his first crochet project, a dish cloth, when he was just a kindergartner. After a local news outlet recently covered Jonah's artistic addiction, the article went viral and the Wisconsin sixth-grader quickly become quite the Internet sensation. In fact, he now has over 49,000 followers on Instagram. With his new following, he's even turned his passion into a business, "Jonah's Hands," where he stitches and sells everything from braided cowls and toys to blankets and home décor items. Jonah puts some of the money he earns away for his savings, donates a portion to the Ethiopian orphanage from which he was adopted, and uses the rest to buy more crafting supplies.
With over 2,500 custom orders currently waiting to be filled, Jonah's mom sometimes has to tell customers to check back in later to avoid overwhelming him. "In the basement we have 20 totes (full). He gets boxes of yarn from all over-England, Canada," she says, who doesn't crochet herself but does help run Jonah's social media pages, to the La Cross Tribune. "I think they're worried the art of crocheting is going to end, and they're just excited a young person will carry it on."
For Jonah, however, there's no such thing as too much crocheting. "After a very hard, busy, chaotic day in this busy world with school, it's just nice to know that I can come home and crochet in my little corner of the house while sitting by the one I love most: my mom," he tells NPR. "When I see my crochet work when it's done, it blows my mind to know that I, an 11-year-old with a tiny hook and a ball of yarn, made this amazing afghan, scarf, cowl, you name it."