This 11-year-old who loves to crochet has become a viral phenomenon.

Jonah Larson found a crochet hook in a box of craft supplies when he was five. Six years later, he's a viral crocheting phenom.

The 11-year-old didn't set out to become a crocheting prodigy, but after he found a tutorial on YouTube at age five, he was (pardon the pun) hooked. Since then, he has created countless crochet projects, from scarves to blankets to mermaid "legs" to stuffed octopi, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Jonah's mother, Jennifer Larson, says that Jonah's hobby comes completely from his own initiative, and he practices it between 4 and 5 hours a day.


“He’s much more fascinated to see what beautiful thing he can make from that string of yarn than playing a video game,” she told the Lacrosse Tribune.

Jonah seems to agree with that assessment. "After a very hard, busy, chaotic day in this busy world with school, he told NPR, "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 has his own Instagram and Etsy shop, where he shares and sells his one-of-a-kind creations.

With his mother's help on the business end of things, Jonah shares his creations on his Instagram account and sells them through his Etsy shop. However, due viral news coverage creating an over-demand of his creations, the shop has been temporarily closed.

As of January 15, Jonah's Instagram account, Jonah Hands, had less than 2500 followers. On February 6, it's up to 53,600 followers—and counting. (It has increased by 2000-plus people just in the time it's taken me to write this article.)

Jennifer has been sharing the news coverage on her Facebook page, where Jonah also adds updates about his projects. Check out the blanket he just whipped up on a snow day:

Hi 👋🏾 This is Jonah. Here’s what I did with my snow day yesterday. Too cold to go outside 🥶This blanket was made with my fingers using loop yarn.

Posted by Jenn Larson on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Jonah sends some of his proceeds back to the orphanage in Ethiopia where he lived as an infant.

Jennifer says that Jonah is learning to manage money and make wise choices with his earnings. He sends some of his profits back to the orphanage in Ethiopia where he lived before he was adopted by the Larsons as an infant.

"He saves some money, he's investing some money and he donates as well," Jennifer told NPR. "So those are things I think are important in life for adults to do, and I'm glad that he can learn that at an early age."

Jonah told NPR that he wants to be a surgeon when he grows up. With the skills he already has as a kid, no doubt he'll have the dexterity and fine motor skills for the job as an adult.

To top it all off, Jonah is just an incredibly sweet kid. Watch this video of him crocheting away while telling us to focus on the good things in the world, and you'll see why he's captured the hearts of so many people.

👋🏾 Hi, it’s me-Jonah

Posted by Jenn Larson on Sunday, December 30, 2018
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