Having conquered the very basics of knitting, my wee one has got it into his head that he must learn to crochet (secretly I think he wants to make a pile of amigurumi friends). So we fiddled with hooks and yarn. After much trial and error, he finally mastered chaining. And he chained and chained and chained . . . well, we had lots of chains!
So we took three of those chains, braided them and made some lovely bookmarks.
I found a beginner crochet booklet from Leisure Arts with good how-to photos. We also checked out various videos over at YouTube.
|Beginner Crochet Book|
The book did have a project that might be doable: a key-chain/backpack decoration that could be "boyish" with the appropriate colours (yeah, that stuff matters to 8 year olds).
|Keychain or Backpack Decoration|
If you've got some better ideas, please pass on the links, author, book title (whatever) . . . need a little help to keep my son's interest going.