Learning to crochet: the tools of the trade!

YarnFriday! Happy Friday 🙂 In today’s post I would like to talk a little about what you will need if you are thinking about trying your hand at crochet, and why wouldn’t you be thinking about it, crochet is awesome after all!

One of the many positives to crochet is that it is a very portable craft, requiring only a few key items to complete even the most complicated pattern, and even fewer just to get started! The basics which any crochet project will require are:

  • A crochet hook of suitable size.
  • Wool / yarn.
  • Scissors.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Pen and paper.

The Hook:

Anatomy of crochet hookCrochet hooks come in many different sizes and materials. It is important to buy the correct size crochet hook for your project and yarn thickness, otherwise the stitch sizes and tension will be wrong, resulting in an oddly sized finished piece. Crochet hooks range from a size 0.6mm (for very fine lace work) all the way up to a size 20mm (for large chunky pieces.) Each size also has a corresponding letter, i.e. a 3.25mm hook corresponds to the letter D. The hooks can be made of wood, metal or plastic and are available in a wide range of colours.

Wool / Yarn:

As well as being a very portable craft, crochet is also extremely versatile; almost any material can be used to crochet with, all you need is the right size hook, a little imagination and a lot of patience!

The most commonly used materials are wool / yarn and cotton crochet threads. These are available in a wide range of colours and thicknesses, ranging from fully synthetic to completely organic. Depending on the end use of your piece and your budget, it is well worth spending the extra money for a really good quality yarn, both for the finished look and durability of the piece and the ease of use while working on it.

To begin with, a basic 100% acrylic yarn is ideal as it is cheap and comes in almost every conceivable colour! When beginning to crochet, I find a light pastel shade of yarn is most suitable as it is easier to see the stitches and rows, but any colour of your choosing will do just fine!

 

Scissors:

Always handy to have near by for cutting the yarn.

 

Yarn Needle:

A yarn needle, darning needle or any needle which has an eye big enough to thread the yarn (but one with a blunt end is best to avoid snagging your work), is used to tidy up your finished piece and weave in any yarn ends.

 

Pen and Paper:

Keeping track of what row / round you are on and also how many stitches you should have is very important in crochet. Unlike knitting, it is quite easy to rip back your work should you go wrong, but I find that having a pen and paper handy and just keeping track of each row as you go along will save you lots of unnecessary frustration and ripping back!

The tools of the crochet trade!So why not gather the basics and get your crochet journey started today? You never know, it could be the start of something wonderful 🙂

Have a great day 🙂

Heather

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