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Learn How to Crochet 

Crochet Supplies For Beginners - Lesson #1


Many “how-to” crochet websites, video tutorials, and books will give you a long list of fancy crochet supplies for beginners you will need to get started in crochet. They will tell you all about stitch markers, pins, yarn bowls, etc. However, getting started in crochet is very straightforward and more inexpensive than you realize. The only supplies you need to start crocheting are a crochet hook, yarn, tapestry needle, and a good pair of yarn scissors.

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As you can see, the list of supplies for a beginning crocheter is short and sweet, so don’t get caught up in buying unnecessary things, especially when you are first starting.

Even though the beginner supply list is short, it is still important to purchase the correct yarn, crochet hook, tapestry needle, and a good pair of yarn scissors.

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Crochet Hooks

Crochet hooks come in several different shapes and sizes, and they can even be made with different materials such as wood, plastic, steel, epoxy, aluminum, etc. It can become confusing and even overwhelming to know which hook to purchase and use when starting your first project as a beginning crocheter.

The Best Crochet Hook for Beginners

I recommend using a basic aluminum, I/9 – 5.50mm crochet hook with a pointed head and an inline throat. Common brands for an aluminum hook with an inline throat include Susan Bates and Hobbii.

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The reason I recommend this hook:

  • Aluminum hooks are perfect beginner hooks because not only are they inexpensive, but the yarn glides over them easily and smoothly.
  • I recommend an I/9-5.50 crochet hook size because it isn’t too small or too big. Using a smaller hook will make smaller crocheted stitches, and it will be more challenging to see and manage them. On the other hand, if the hook is too big, the crocheted stitches you make could end up being way too large, making it easier to lose (drop) your loops while on your hook. Both scenarios could make you incredibly frustrated.
  • The last thing I recommend for a beginning crocheter is a hook with an
    inline throat. An inline crochet hook is made with a flat, straight throat that is directly in line with the hook’s shaft. An inline hook makes it easier for beginners to maintain consistent tension because the straight throat helps keep their stitches controlled and even.

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Yarn

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Yarn comes in different colors, weights, textures, and shapes. Yarn can be handspun or manufactured into a cone, skein, cake, hank, or ball. Yarn can also be made from wool, acrylic, cotton, nylon, and other natural and synthetic fibers.

The Best Yarn for Beginners

When purchasing a beginner yarn, I recommend using a #4 worsted weight (meaning medium thickness) acrylic yarn in a light or bright, solid color. Also, make sure the yarn you choose comes in a skein (center-pull bundle of yarn). 

Common brands for this type of yarn include Red Heart, Vanna’s Choice, Pound of Love, Lion Brand, and Bernat.

The Best Tapestry Needle for Crochet

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A tapestry needle can also be called a darning or a yarn needle. This needle is made with either a pointed or a blunted tip. A tapestry needle also has a large eye to hold the yarn and is used to stitch and weave in yarn ends, sew up seams, and sew crocheted pieces and projects together.

The tapestry needle I recommend is a size #18, stainless-steel, 2-inch-longneedle with a large eye and a blunted tip.

I recommend this type of tapestry needle because:

  • Tapestry needles are made in a variety of sizes because yarn is made in a variety of sizes. I recommend a size #18, 2-inch-long tapestry needle with a large eye because it is the best fit for the #4 medium, worsted weight yarn.

A stainless-steel tapestry needle is the best option because, in my experience, they are more efficient and glide through crocheted stitches more smoothly.

All of the Products I Recommend to get Started in Crochet:


Beginner Hook

This is a great little set of inline crochet hooks!! This set includes an aluminum, I/9 - 5.50mm hook, which is perfect for these lessons. You can find these types of sets in most craft stores.



Beginner Yarn

Make sure to get a #4 worsted weight, acrylic yarn in a light or bright, solid color. This will make the yarn easier to see and work with. Any of these brands and colors will work great!



Tapestry Needle

I have this set of tapestry (yarn) needles. This set includes a size #18, 2-inch-long needle. The other needles are perfect for sewing notions onto your crocheted projects.




Yarn Scissors

I use this 2-pack of yarn scissors; they both work like a charm. One tip is curved, the other is straight, and they are both small and sharp, which works perfectly for yarn!



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The Best Scissors for Yarn

A good pair of scissors that cut well through yarn is usually an afterthought when preparing for crochet supplies. Yarn scissors will probably not become significant until you realize that the old scissors you are using may result in your yarn becoming fuzzy and frayed when cut. This is why I recommend buying a nice pair of yarn scissors right from the start to avoid ruining the crochet project you worked so hard on.

The best scissors for yarn are small (4-6 inches long), sharp, made from stainless steel, and have comfortable finger grips.

Scissors 4-6 inches long are designed to cut yarn. When you crochet, you are generally going to cut through one strand of yarn at a time, so smaller scissors with shorter blades make the most sense because they are more flexible and less bulky.

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