As Within So Without

This 11-year-old 'crochet prodigy' uses his craft to give back

Jonah's Hands 

At five years old, Jonah Larson began an unusual hobby for a kid his age. The art of crocheting. He loved it so much and became so good at it, he started an Instagram account called Jonah’s Hands, where fans consistently flow in. He currently has over 245,000 followers and is set to publish a book called Hello, Crochet Friends!

Jonah says he wants to use his gift to spread love and joy and finds comfort in the act of crocheting. “After a very hard, busy, chaotic day in this busy world with school,” he says, “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.”

Jonah from Jonah's hands and his parents

It’s his mom, Jennifer, that gave him his first crochet tools and showed him a tutorial on Youtube.  They were digging through an art supplies bag when Jonah asked what the crochet hook was- The rest is history.Jonah from Jonahs hands in the newspaper

Jonah's mom doesn’t crochet herself, but creates posts on his Instagram and joins crochet Facebook groups on his behalf.

Larson donates a large portion of the profits he makes to Roots Ethiopia, the nonprofit that supports the orphanage he was adopted from.

“People wouldn’t think a little boy would love to crochet, but I love it.” 

Jonah and his grandmother

"Joy knits us all together" 


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