Learn How to Crochet
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.
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.
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.
The reason I recommend this hook:
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).
The Best Tapestry Needle for Crochet
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:
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:
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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