Hope you are all well and having a productive day! I’m a little sad today as it’s the last day of school holidays for our kids, back to school tomorrow for 3 of mine, the 4th goes back on Tuesday. I’ve gotten used to having them home these last 6 or so weeks! I think they’ve gotten used to being home too lol! But as they say, all good things must come to an end!
So in this post I wanted to share with you all the tools of the trade I have. I don’t use all of them, some are “just in case” and some I have never used, but I’m sure they will come in handy at some stage! When I started crocheting, I had no idea what I needed, of course I knew I needed yarn and a hook, but beyond that, I had no clue! So I hope this post helps all of you that are just starting out in Crochet.
Obviously the 2 most important items you’ll need to be able to crochet are some yarn and a hook. In my next blog post I will go into detail about yarn, I started out using cheap 8ply acrylic yarn, but more detail in my next post.
Crochet hooks –
The crochet hooks I own, most are aluminium, a couple are bamboo and more recently I got a Tunisian Hook with a crochet magazine.
Crochet hooks come in all kinds of sizes, colours and materials, it’s very overwhelming and for someone just starting out, it can be completely confusing knowing which hook to use! So without going into too much detail and confusing you even more, I’ll just mention the basics. I started out using a 4.5mm hook (size 7) aluminium hook, you might want to try a 5mm (H-8) hook as well. Something I’ve also just learned is that crochet hooks are either “tapered” or “inline”. I will write up another blog post discussing the different type of hooks, but for now, to start off, if you already have yarn, read the label and use the hook it recommends, or try a 5mm hook with an 8ply acrylic.
Different hook sizes make a big difference in your finished piece. If you already own a few different hooks, try making some swatches using different sizes with your yarn of choice, you’ll see that each swatch may have the same amount of stitches, but a bigger hook will result in a larger swatch and visa versa for a smaller hook.
Apart from a crochet hook and yarn, you will need scissors, these are a must, there are so many different kinds available, the pairs in the above image are mine, I mainly use the Eiffel Tower scissors, but on occasion I will use the smaller pair. Choose a pair that are most comfortable for you, don’t worry too much about the labels, you can use any kind of scissors you like, so long as they cut your yarn, then they are the right ones for you!
Embroidery Needles –
Embroidery needles are also a must have, these are used for weaving in the ends of the yarn, I mainly use the blue one, I find the eye is big enough for the yarn to go through, I recently made a rug using 5 threads of yarn at once, and used the blue needle to sew in my ends, putting all 5 threads in at once!
Stitch Markers –
Stitch markers were new to me when I started crochet, I had absolutely no idea what they were or how to use them! Well I soon found out, on one project I had to make over 200 chains, the stitch markers came in very handy as I was marking every 20 chains, to make it easier to count at the end. My most used are the ones in the middle image, they don’t leave a big hole in my work like the ones in the first photo, and they are easier to use than the ones in the last photo. If you don’t have stitch markers, it’s ok, you can use a lot of other things to mark your place, try paperclips, or tying some yarn to your spot, anything that will stay in place as you crochet will work!
Notebooks, Pens, Pencils etc –
I use the pencils and pens regularly for marking off rows or rounds on the patterns I follow, I print out lots of free patterns and keep them in a clear A4 folder that has a clip on the side. Notepads are good to keep ideas etc. You’ll find as you become more confident in your work, you will print out lots of patterns, you’ll need somewhere to keep them all, look at getting a folder with dividers so you can find the pattern you are looking for easily and quickly.
Tape Measure –
A tape measure is important for measuring your gauge, I find mine comes in very handy when I am blocking some pieces so I can be sure that my work is the same size all the way around. Blocking your work is something I will discuss at a later stage, basically, you are using water or steam on an item you’ve pinned to whatever you are using. This just helps to shape your work.
A Latch Hook –
A latch hook is something I’ve only used on one pattern so far, I had to do the Bullion Stitch, it was really difficult to get the yarn to go through all of the loops on the crochet hook so I used a latch hook instead and it worked nicely! It’s good to keep one in your kit, you’ll never know when you need it!
Row Counter –
Lastly, something you need, especially for bigger projects, is a row counter, this is mine, it’s easy to use, you can get electronic counters, you can get counters that go on your finger and you tap each row, you can even use apps on your smartphone. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, if you have paper and a pencil, you can make note of your rows with them instead. There is always another way!
You’ll also need something to store all of these tools in, I use a pencil case with different sections, you can use anything that will comfortably fit all of your items in, think outside of the box, you don’t have to use a crochet hook case, you can use anything that has sections for all of your bits and pieces! I’d love to hear from you all what you use to store your tools in!
Thank you for reading! I hope this has been helpful! If I have missed anything or gotten something wrong, please let me know. I will go into detail about yarn in my next post and then crochet hooks in another. There are so many different variables with crochet! It can be completely overwhelming for a beginner! Thankfully I was a beginner not long ago and it is all still very fresh in my mind.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!
- All images in this post are my own, and therefore should not be shared unless you have my permission or credit is given to me for the images. Thankyou x