Today I am going to start with the basics. I am going to tell you about the tools you need and a couple of extra items that can be helpful in the long run. So what exactly do you need to start crocheting? Here is what I, personally, recommend:
1. CROCHET HOOKS - The hook I started with is a "J/10" hook which is 6 millimeters. It is a nice size hook to start with and use to get the feel for crocheting. You will quickly learn that hooks come in many, many sizes from the super small hooks used for very delicate, intricate work to the big, giant, fat hooks for big and chunky yarn. Hooks also come in many different materials - aluminum, wood, plastic, and more. The hook material is really a preference thing. I started with an aluminum hook and I really like them. I also have plastic hooks that I like. The hook I use really depends on the yarn I am working with. They even have crochet hooks with built in lights so you can use them in the dark and still see what you are doing. I was lucky enough to get one of these light up hooks from Little Miss for Mother's Day and I do enjoy using it when the kids are asleep, but I still want to crochet.
|Different kinds of crochet hooks|
|This is a set I got from Amazon...look at the tiny hooks on the right...someday I will play with those.|
|This is the hook I started with and recommend starting with|
|This shows different yarn side by side so you can see the difference in weights.|
|Medium, worsted cotton yarn|
|Medium, worsted yarn - this is the type of yarn I started with. It is soft and easy to use.|
These extra supplies are helpful to have and chances are that you have at least half of them already. The scissors are for cutting the yarn when you finish or if you switch colors. The yarn needle is helpful when weaving in ends or stitching pieces together. The ruler or measuring tape (you can use either one) is used to help you measure for gauge and length when working on projects. Finally the stitch marker is used when you need to mark out rows, starting points, and more. They are handy to have, but if you don't own any you can use safety pins for a stitch marker. The stitch markers come in all different shapes and forms, but you really don't need anything too fancy since it is just used while working on your crochet and not a part of the finished product.
|A Stitch Marker I have.|