Jonah Larson, adopted from an Ethiopian orphanage and started crocheting at age 5, has thousands of social media followers from around the world and has already become social media’s crochet prodigy

By Boyd Huppert (KARE 11) |

LA CROSSE, Wis.―If crocheting conjures up images of grandmas in rocking chairs, 11-year-old Jonah Larson might just rock your world.

“Here’s a personal favorite,” Jonah says during a tour of his living room. “It’s my sunset afghan with a border I made.”

Afghans, pillows, mittens and throws – each crafted to heirloom quality – are draped over chairs. All were created by Jonah, social media’s crochet prodigy.

“I really like this one,” says Jonah, continuing the tour. “It’s a Scandinavian throw.”

Jonah’s mother, Jennifer Larson, laughs and says, “He’s a crochet celebrity.” Based on the volume of Jonah’s fan mail, it’s no exaggeration.

Jonah’s work is celebrated on crocheting social media sites. More than 20,000 people, from the U.S. and abroad, follow his Instagram page – though Jonah’s early posts were met with some skepticism.

“They didn’t think it was possible that a 7 or 8-year-old could be doing this,” Jennifer says. “Many of these people that have crocheted their entire lives can’t come close to where he is now.”

Jonah’s crochet foray started at the age of 5, when he plucked from a bag of his aunt’s discarded craft items a crochet hook – which led him to YouTube, where Jonah found a basic crocheting video.

“And from there on I was hooked,” Jonah says.

Jonah’s first project: a dish cloth for his mom. “And he made it perfectly,” Jennifer says.

Jonah’s mom doesn’t crochet herself. She jokes that the only crocheting hooks she picks up are the ones Jonah leaves around the house.

But seeking some expertise to help her son, Jennifer began posting pictures of his work on crocheting social media pages. And with that, the legend of Jonah began to take shape.

“People will comment, ‘I’ve been crocheting for 40 years, I can’t do that,’” Jennifer says.

Now in the sixth grade, Jonah crochets about five hours a day. “Sometimes he gets up early, before I even get up. He’s at the table crocheting at like six in the morning,” Jonah’s mother says.

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