His Instagram account has more than 31,000 followers.

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated: February 20, 2019

Jonah Larson is an 11-year-old boy from Wisconsin whose unusual talent is making waves on the Internet. Jonah taught himself to crochet when he was just 5 years old and has since gained more than 31,000 followers on social media.

Image courtesy of Chad Nelson, KARE.

Six years ago, Jonah found a crochet hook in a bag of his aunt’s unused craft supplies and turned to YouTube to learn the basic crochet technique. Now Jonah is in sixth grade and spends about five hours per day crocheting. His Instagram account is full of items he’s crocheted, including intricate full-size blankets, toys, mermaid-tail blankets, and his own signature cowl scarf.

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Jonah’s crochet skills aren’t just child's play—he’s seriously talented. “Many of these people that have crocheted their entire lives can’t come close to where he is now,” Jennifer Larson, Jonah’s mom, told KARE 11. “People will comment, ‘I’ve been crocheting for 40 years, I can’t do that.’”

Image courtesy of Boyd Huppert, KARE.

After a local paper mentioned his hobby, his social media following began to grow and strangers from all over the world started placing orders for crochet items. As the number of orders reached 1,500, Jonah’s mom let the public know Jonah wouldn’t be able to take them all.

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Jonah had a rocky start to life, but he has big goals for his future. The Larsons adopted Jonah from an orphanage in Ethiopia, and the first year of his life was spent overcoming health issues. Now, he practices crochet to help prepare him for a career in medicine. “I'm planning to attend West Point, the academy, and then becoming a surgeon. This is kind of helping me prep for that,” Jonah told KARE 11. We’ll be keeping up with Jonah’s progress through Instagram and cheering him on every step of the way.


Comments (2)

February 1, 2019
I am proud to say this young man is also a member of my crochet group and his work is as wonderful as his personality. I praise his parents for raising such a charming person as well as two other children. He's going far in life!!!
This young man is so talented and so much better than me and I started as a child. He is an inspiration. Will keep an eye on him to watch his creations.