This 12-Year-Old Boy Is Crocheting For An Incredible Cause

published Jun 18, 2020
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12-year-old Jonah Larson, of Jonah’s Hands, taught himself how to crochet seven years ago at age five. In the years since, Jonah has crafted hundreds of projects from afghans and socks, to doilies, scarves, hats (one of which is a favorite of Drew Barrymore’s), and even crocheted Baby Yoda dolls. And if you think that’s impressive, you’ll be blown away by the fact that Jonah’s handiwork has helped raise enough money to build a school library in the Ethiopian community where he was born.

“I have a very active mind, and the repetitive movements are like therapy,” Jonah told Domino. “I can make very beautiful things out of a ball of yarn and the hook. And I can connect with others—I like to say that crochet brings the world together one stitch at a time.” 

Jonah partnered with Roots Ethiopia soon after he realized he could do something great with his craft. By selling his crochet works, along with official Jonah’s Hands merchandise, Jonah has not only raised enough money to build the school library, but he’s surpassed that initial fundraising goal and is now putting his proceeds toward a science lab in the same community.

This desire to give back inspired Jonah to write his second book (yes, second—his first is titled “Hello, Crochet Friends“) called “Giving Back Crochet,” which is currently available for preorder through his website. His latest book is filled with crochet patterns specifically designed to help crocheters make gifts for their loved ones.

As much as Jonah loves crocheting for his fans and followers, he also loves to crochet for his family. Jonah often makes things for his mother, brother, and sister Mercy, whom he made the above “Black Lives Matter” blanket for.

“With every stitch, there’s a little piece of love that goes in there, and that adds all the meaning,” he told Domino. “It’s not just crochet; it’s the work and the love that gets put into it.”

If you’d like to follow along with Jonah’s journey and philanthropy, head over to his Instagram (@JonahHands). There, he keeps his followers updated on his fundraising, current projects, and even throws in a tutorial and product review every so often.