Crocheting is a fun hobby that is relaxing, practical, and affordable. But crocheting can’t be done on a machine: it’s a handicraft that requires particular hand-held tools.
If you already enjoy knitting or some other needle or fabric-related craft, you likely have many of the necessary crochet tools and accessories in your sewing knit. If not, crochet tools for beginners can easily be found in crafting supplies stores, and sometimes even in thrift stores and supermarkets. Here are the six tools for crochet that you need to get started.
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The two most essential, can’t-do-without crochet tools are the hook and yarn. Without these, you can’t crochet anything. There are also a number of other tools that are useful and should be part of your toolkit.
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1. Crocheting Hook
Crocheting is done with a single hook (unlike knitting, which requires two needles). Crocheting hooks come in various lengths and sizes, and the size you need will depend on the yarn you’re using. Yarns are labelled with suggestions for the size of hook best suited to working with them.
Crocheting hooks are inexpensive, but as a beginner, you don’t need to invest in one of every size hook in the shop. Go with a mid-sized hook to start with, or buy a variety pack that includes the most useful sizes.
Crocheting hooks come in other varieties, such as those with ergonomic or padded handles, or hand-carved from wood. These are nice touches and you may prefer working with them, but it’s not essential to have anything fancy.
Yarns come in a huge variety of materials, colors, textures, weights, and levels of durability. They can be cheap or quite expensive, and everything in between. You can find cotton, acrylic, silk, and animal wool (sheep, goat, alpaca, rabbit…) yarns, as well as blends. Cotton or cotton-linen blends are generally more durable and can withstand washing and heavy use, while soft sheep or alpaca wool (or other natural fibers) will feel good against the skin but should be treated with a bit more care.
Selecting your yarn can be one of the most enjoyable parts of beginning a project, especially if you enjoy colors, textures, and fabrics. The type you choose should be determined by the final use of the item—for example, you’d opt for a sturdier yarn when crocheting a washcloth and a softer one when crocheting a baby blanket.
Similarly, if you’re a beginner, it’s smart to begin with yarns that are easy to work with: nothing too fluffy, fine, silky, slippery, or knobbly! You can practice with more textured or delicate fibers as your skills advance. Beginners should start with yarns in a lighter color (it’s easier to see the stitches!) that are smooth but not slippery (like a silk blend).
Whatever the project or your skill level, you have a lot of freedom to experiment with colors and combinations.
3. Scissors or Yarn Snippers
You’ll need a pair of scissors for snipping the yarn at the beginning and end of projects. Any in working order will do, but a small pair with a fine end for snipping is most convenient for crocheting. If you have some special yarn snippers in your sewing kit, these are handy too.
4. Stitch Markers
Locking stitch markers are especially useful if you set a not-yet-completed project aside for a while and don’t want any of your crochet stitches to come loose.
5. Tape Measure or Ruler
A tape measure or a ruler is a useful tool to have in your sewing or crocheting kit for when you’re trying to make an item of a certain size. For simple items like scarves or washcloths, you may be able to rely on your eye, without having to measure anything. But if you want to make a patchwork crochet quilt or anything else a bit more complex, taking measurements will allow greater precision.
6. Darning Needle
Darning needles are used at the end of a project to sew in the ends of the yarn and to sew the crocheted fabric together (if required). They’re also sometimes called tapestry needles.
Have both a sharp-tipped and a blunt-tipped needle on hand. Sharp tips are easier for sewing in the ends, while a blunt tip is easier for finishing off the seams. The size of the needle you need may also depend on the thickness of your yarn. A chunky yarn, for example, will require a needle with a larger eye, in order to be able to thread it.
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