When Jonah Larson was 5 years old, he found a crochet hook in his aunt’s bag. He’d never heard of crochet, a craft similar to knitting, but with the help of YouTube tutorials, he started his first project—a small dishcloth. “My mom expected to find me in a pile of yarn,” says Jonah, now 12. Instead, the dishcloth turned out great, so he moved on to more ambitious projects, like afghans.
At the same time, Jonah struggled with staying focused at school. Then a teacher suggested he bring his crochet supplies to class. Now he has no trouble paying attention as his fingers work the yarn.
To share his passion for crochet, Jonah started his own YouTube channel and business, Jonah’s Hands, where he sells crochet kits, DVDs, and books. As his audience grew, Jonah set his sights higher. “I saw how crochet inspires lots of people,” he says. “I wondered, could I use crocheting to change the world?”