Learning a new craft can be very exciting and these days crocheting and knitting seem to be quite popular. You may enjoy both techniques equally, or prefer one over the other. The meditative act of stitching in repetition can be relaxing and mentally stimulating, but the beauty of both knitting and crocheting is that they allow you to connect with the yarn and the pattern for the project and what you get in the end is personalised labour of love.
Before you begin, it’s good to know that there is a difference between the two and depending on your skills you may be better suited to learn the method and tools of one over the other. Both techniques use yarn to create beautiful pieces, but the methods are different. When it comes to knitting essentials and accessories, they include a pair of long needles, stitch markers, coloured rings and more, but for beginners who seek convenience and versatility, crochet might be a better choice.
Crochet accessories and techniques are minimised and more accessible, so it’s very easy to get into your new hobby and use your creativity in different projects. You can find a wide range of crochet accessories and choose what’s most suitable for your needs and preferences. Crochet creates delicate, but slightly stiffer fabric, however, there are many yarns today that make it possible to create draped crochet projects.
How to Choose Your Crochet Tools
Whether you are just starting or you are an experienced crocheter already, there is always more to learn and discover more ways to develop your craft. So, if you want to make sure your crochet toolkit is complete, consider the following tools. Some of them are necessary, while others can make your project much easier.
Yarns are the main materials you need when you want to start crocheting or knitting. In knitting, the stitches form a “V’ shape, while in crocheting, the stitches are more like knots. There are different yarn types and weights, but knitting and crochet use the same type and same basic amount of yarn for similar projects.
If you are just getting started with crochet, you’ll technically need only one hook. But if you want to be fully prepared with crochet hooks, then it’s better to get a full set. Most hook kits have both small and large hooks, so you can find any size you need for your project. It will save you money and time and you can choose the size of the hook based on the size of the stitch needed.
Once you get your hooks, you’ll need a case to keep them in. Some hook kits come with cases, but if you get hooks without a case, then it’s a good idea to buy one. It will keep your hooks safe and clean.
Stitch markers are a must, especially if you are working on a big crochet project. A stitch marker is a little tool that lets you mark where a certain stitch is, so you don’t lose your progress in the project. It will help you every time you need to mark your stitches, where you started, where you ended and keep you on track.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but a good pair of scissors can make a huge difference. You will need them for cutting the yarn, and you’ll probably want to have a few that are reserved for yarn only, so they don’t get dull.
Measuring Tape or Ruler
Having some sort of measuring material on hand when you are crocheting is always a good idea. A flexible measuring tape can be very useful for measuring large pieces of crocheting, but also for measuring your body before making a garment. It’s perfect for measuring round and straight and it’s handy and easy to keep without tangling. A ruler, on the other hand, is perfect for measuring small and flat pieces for your project.
A yarn needle has a large eye that is ideal for yarn to fit through. It can be used for sewing crochet pieces together and for weaving in your ends to complete your project.
Having a project planner is a great idea as it can help you start planning your projects and increase productivity, whether you are working on one project at a time or you are handling multiple projects at the same time.
A project bag is a great tool, designed specifically for your crochet projects.
Blocking can help all your crochet projects get a more professional finished look. A blocking mat can make the process of blocking much easier and pain-free and can speed up the process.
A project label or a tag can add a professional look to your project as well. If you are planning to sell your crochet items, a project label can elevate your product.
This is a unique crochet tool that gives crochet hats a nice and stylish look and can speed up the process of making one. You can use pom-pom makers in various sizes. They are easy to use and give a very nice finish.
They contain varied patterns, information and instruction that can help you create beautiful crochet designs.