What do you need to start crocheting?
Crocheting is a calming activity you can do alone or with others. It provides you with a skill that gives you a creative edge and even promotes positive well-being, according to the National Institutes of Health.
If you want to start crocheting at home, put yarn, needles and several other supplies on your shopping list. You’ll be making quality, love-filled gifts for your friends and relatives in no time.
What is crocheting?
Crocheting is a crafting skill that involves weaving yarn into patterns and designs. You use a hook to loop yarn and create colorful designs, clothing and blankets. With certain styles like amigurumi, you can even crochet stuffed animals from yarn.
How to make a slip knot
Most crochet patterns start with a slip knot, which is a specific kind of knot. You use this to attach to your hook to begin a new design.
- Create an arch using the tail end of your yarn ball, at least 4 to 6 inches from the end.
- Pinch the arch and twist it clockwise once, creating a loop.
- Spread the loop open with two fingers.
- Reach through the loop to pull the piece of yarn attached to the ball back through.
- Pinch the end of the loop with one hand and the ends with the other to tighten slightly.
- Put your hook through the loop and pull the yarn ends to tighten around the hook or needle.
What do you need to buy for crocheting?
To begin crocheting, you need yarn, a hook and scissors at a minimum. To be fully prepared, gather the supplies needed to develop your skill safely.
An essential tool for crocheting, yarn comes in many colors and sizes. There are also multiple thicknesses of yarn. Beginners should try using a middle-level thickness.
This is quality acrylic yarn that is available in a variety of lively colors. You can machine wash anything you’ve created with warm water and lay it flat to dry. Sold by Amazon
Crochet hook set
If you are a beginner, you may want to start with a crochet kit that includes all of your basic needs in a handy storage container.
This is a portable, full hook set ideal for beginners. It comes with soft grip hooks in multiple sizes and includes yarn needles, stitch markers, stitch holders, scissors, measuring tape, a ruler and a role counter. Sold by Amazon
If you don’t purchase a kit or want to get extra needles, get some that will last. Metal needles are less likely to bend or break compared to plastic needles.
This is an eight-pack of yarn needles with curved tips. They have large eyes, are metal and come in multiple colors. Sold by Amazon
There are specific kinds of scissors designed for crafting. They can have serrated blades or flattened loops. Some crafting scissors are made with blunt blade tips to ensure kids can use them safely.
The serrated blades help give you a more accurate cut by gripping the yarn. They have soft, plastic handles that make them easy to hold. Sold by Amazon
These are small clips that often look like large, colorful paper clips. They can easily clip into place to hold your spot or mark the beginnings or endings of a pattern.
This 150-piece kit has stitch markers in 10 different colors. The package is easy to store with your other crochet supplies. Sold by Amazon
Many crochet projects require your materials to be measured. You can use a fabric ruler or any measuring tape you have available. The compact, retracting measuring tape has the benefit of staying organized in your kit.
This is an accurate and durable measuring tape with a belt clip to prevent drops. It is easy to read and operate. Sold by Amazon
A swatch ruler has several purposes in crafting, including crochet. It helps to measure the smaller bits like the stitch patterns, needles and hooks.
This gauge has a 4-inch ruler with needle and hook sizes. It lists sizes in metric, U.S. and Japanese standards. Sold by Amazon
Keep your yarn neatly stored for easy access each time you get ready to pick up your craft. Yarn bowls, storage organizers, bags and boxes help to keep your things sorted when not in use.
This is a portable yard storage organizer ideal for any situation. It is a zippered bag with a long strap for easy transportation and several pockets for other supplies. Sold by Amazon
Blocking mats let you hold a safe space for your ongoing project. They are prickable board pieces that are customizable. Some have grid lines to let you outline your project more accurately.
To keep track of your crochet rows, use a counter. There are manual and digital counters available to help you keep track of your pattern.
This is a small digital counter ideal for crochet. It comes in several colors and is easy to read or reset. Sold by Amazon
There are a variety of books on the different aspects of crochet. Stitch pattern books can help you with new ideas and how-to books can help you learn the art of the slip knot. You can even find an assortment of amigurumi books that show you how to make adorable crocheted animals.
This is a popular book for beginners due to its clear instructions and pictures. It is a thin, spiral-bound book, which lets the pages lay flat while you follow the directions. Sold by Amazon
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