Jonah is a crochet prodigy. And he’s only 14 years old.Yes, you read that right.Jonah Larson is 14 years old and he already has his own business called Jonah’s Hands, which he and his mother, Jennifer, started when he was 10 years old. At Jonah’s Hands, he sells crochet books, patterns, handmade crocheted products, and other merchandise.
Did we mention he started learning how to crochet at the age of five?
He found a bag of craft items, and crochet hooks, which piqued his interest. He found a basic stitch video on YouTube and he’s been crocheting ever since.
His mom says he crochets every morning and every night. When she gets up at 6 in the morning, he’s already at the kitchen table, crocheting. And when he gets home after school, he’s crocheting again.
“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,” Jonah told NPR.
His mom says Jonah would say good night but he’d continue to crochet under his blanket with a flashlight.
Another reason Jonah keeps crocheting, besides his love for it, is to give back to his roots.
Jonah Larson was adopted by Jennifer and her husband, Christopher when he was 9 months old in Ethiopia. He knows many of the children left behind are not as blessed as him, that’s why he wants to give back.
He regularly donates the designs he crochets and a portion of his profits to Roots Ethiopia, an organization that helps to improve schools, education, and livelihood. He also donates to the orphanage where he was adopted from.
And one of his dreams is to build a library in Ethiopia for the children, which has already come true.
Did you know Jonah also has two crocheting books already out on the market?
His first book is called “Hello, Crochet Friends,” an autobiography he wrote with his mom, which also includes basic crochet patterns. His second book “Giving Back Crochet,” is more purposeful.
“It’s all patterns that have to do with giving back. There’s hats for homeless people, or for people that are going through chemotherapy, or soap sacks for veterans and blankets for people with Alzheimer’s and it’s all color coded for those awareness months,” Jonah told Boyd Huppert of KARE 11.
Because of his beautiful work, he’s constantly been getting order requests and they stopped selling because he’s gotten more than 4,000 requests.
His mother no longer buys yarn for him because he can buy his own now from his profits and yarn company sponsorships.
When asked what his future plans were, he said he wanted to attend the US Military Academy at Westpoint and eventually become a surgeon.