Crocheting is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby that allows you to create beautiful and unique items with your own two hands.
But before you start learning how to crochet, it's essential to have the right crochet supplies for beginners.
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Here are the 8 must-have crochet supplies for beginners.
1. Crochet Hooks
The first and most crucial crochet supply you'll need is a set of crochet hooks.
Crochet hooks come in a range of sizes, and it's essential to have a variety on hand to accommodate different types of yarn and patterns.
Most beginner-friendly hooks are made of lightweight and comfortable materials such as aluminum, plastic, or bamboo.
How Many Crochet Hooks Do I Need?
A good starting point for a beginner is to have at least five different hooks sizes, which will allow you to work with different yarns and patterns.
You could start with hooks in the middle range of sizes such as 2mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, or 12mm because they are commonly used for yarn weights like #3 light (DK, 8ply), #4 medium (worsted, 10 ply) and #5 bulky (chunky, 12 ply).
Or you could build up your hook collection one at a time by purchasing them as needed for the patterns you are making.
The next crucial supply you'll need is yarn. It comes in various colors, textures, and thicknesses, so it's important to choose the right yarn for your project.
Best Yarn For Beginner Crochet Projects
When starting, opt for a worsted-weight yarn, which is neither too thick nor too thin, making it perfect for practicing and experimenting with different stitches.
Worsted yarns come in different fibers, including natural fibers like cotton, and wool, as well as synthetic acrylic.
Yarns come in different textures and colors, and as a beginner, I recommend that you choose a smooth textured yarn that is not fluffy or feathery because it can be hard to work with.
Also, select a light-colored yarn that is all one color because it will be easier to see the stitches as you work.
Learn more about yarns for crochet here.
Sharp scissors are necessary for crocheting, and having a small pair is especially convenient as they can fit easily into a small bag, making it easy to take your crochet on the go.
4. Stitch Markers
Stitch markers are handy little tools that help you keep track of specific stitches, they can be used to make the start of a round or the end of a row or to keep track of increases and decreases.
They can be as simple as a small piece of yarn tied around your stitch, bobby pins, or as fancy as locking stitch markers.
5. Tape Measure
You will also need a tape measure, to measure the length and width of your crocheted items and for checking your crochet gauge.
Choose one that's flexible, retractable, and has both metric and imperial measurements.
6. Yarn Needle
Yarn needles are used to weave loose ends and sew pieces together. They come in both straight and bent tip options as well as metal or plastic.
Whichever you use will come down to personal preference but there are a few distinctions between them that are worth considering.
- Straight needles are a great choice for just about any crochet project.
- Bent-tip yarn needles have a slight curve at the tip making the great for slipping under stitch loops, or sewing dolls and other awkward-shaped pieces together.
- Metal needs are durable and smooth making them glide through yarn.
- Plastic needles are lightweight and cheaper but they don't glide as easily through yarn as metal ones.
Yarn needles also come in different sizes and when using them you should choose one that matches the yarn thickness.
For example when working with a lightweight thin yarn use a yarn needle with a small eye. This will make threading and finishing the work easier.
7. Row Counter
A row counter is a small device that you press each time to keep track of the number of rows you've completed in your pattern.
They don't cost too much to buy but you can also keep track by tallying with pen and paper.
8. Crochet Books
Crochet books are an excellent resource for beginners, as they provide step-by-step instructions and patterns for a range of projects.
Start with a beginner's guide that covers the basics, including different stitches, yarn types, and hook sizes.
Frequently Asked Questions
A beginner should have at least five crochet hooks in different sizes to accommodate different types of yarn and patterns.
The best yarn for beginners is worsted-weight yarn, which is neither too thick nor too thin, making it perfect for practicing and experimenting with different stitches.
The best scissors for crocheting are high-quality, sharp scissors that are comfortable to hold and have pointed tips to make precision cuts.
Yes, stitch markers are an essential tool for crocheting as they help you keep track of where you are in your pattern.
A yarn needle is used to weave loose ends in and sew pieces together.
A row counter is a tool that helps you keep track of the number of rows you've completed in your pattern.
A tape measure is necessary for ensuring your crochet projects turn out the right size.
While you can use any bag, it's recommended to use a crochet bag as it has compartments specifically designed to keep your hooks, yarn, and other supplies organized.
Beginner's guidebooks that cover the basics, including different stitches, yarn types, and hook sizes, are available for beginners.
No, it's important to choose the right yarn for your project based on the pattern and desired outcome.
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