Top 7 crochet tools to have before starting any project. These must-have items will help you get you started in crocheting off on the right foot and set yourself up for success!
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Some tools, or notions, might make crocheting a project run smoothly. But, there are other tools that are a plain necessity. The tools on this list are a must have as you cannot do away with any of them while you are crocheting.
I know… I know… it seems obvious that you need yarn since crochet is a fiber craft. But, I couldn’t leave it off this list because it is a necessity. So, on the list, it goes. Yarn can make it or break it when you crochet a project. They can be different from one another with the different weight (lace to jumbo) and different fiber (wool to acrylic). If you want to crochet a baby blanket, then a yarn that can feel rough and not super soft would not be the best yarn to use.
To accommodate the various yarn thickness, you need to have different sizes of crochet hooks. Crochet hooks start at 0.6 mm and go up to 25 mm. Crochet hooks below 2.25 mm tend to be steel hooks. Above that, it can be made out of wood, plastic, or aluminum. You can either buy a set of crochet hooks or build your inventory as you crochet more and more. Find what type of crochet hooks works best for you. I prefer aluminum but I can work with plastic hooks just fine.
I purchased the Boye Crochet Master Steel and Aluminum Crochet Hook sets because I wanted a starter set where I could get a lot of the hooks at one time. The only ones that I purchased individually were the bigger hooks. Plus, I wanted a case to have a place to keep all of the hooks together.
3. Measuring tape/ruler
A measuring tape, or a ruler, will come in handy when you need to check your gauge or to see if your project is at a certain length. Some patterns will state to follow the steps until you reach X in inches. I keep a measuring tape in my “toolbox” since it is more flexible than a ruler and will let me measure more than what a ruler will do.
4. Row counter
As you learn to crochet, it can be difficult to differentiate the rows. You might get frustrated since some patterns will tell you to crochet X amount of rows. As you become more familiar with how the stitches look as you crochet, it will become easier to count the rows. Even if you can easily count the rows, a row counter can still be extremely helpful. Let’s say that you are crocheting a full-sized bed throw. The number of rows can easily be more than 100 for that size of the blanket. Now let’s say you set aside that blanket for whatever reason and a month goes by before you pick up where you left off. A row counter will help you remember which row number you left off.
5. Stitch markers
I find stitch markers to come in handy in several ways and I’m sure I can keep finding a use for them. If I’m crocheting in the round, I will use a stitch marker to help me see where the top of the first stitch in the row so that I can connect it with the last stitch of that row. If I’m crocheting a foundation chain with 100 chains, I’ll use a stitch marker to mark every 20 chains that I make. If I’m done crocheting for the day, I’ll use a stitch marker on the last stitch so that my work does not unravel.
Needles are a must when weaving your ends in! They come either as straight or darning needles (bent tip) and the size of the needle’s eye will range from small to large. The different size needle eyes are to accommodate the thickness of yarns. I prefer darning needles since I find them easier to pick up the stitches and weave in the ends. I have several darning needles with different sizes of the needle eyes.
Scissors come in handy when you’re done weaving in your ends and it’s time to snip off the excess yarn. If you can find scissors that are thin, sharp, and have its tip turned up slightly, then you are golden. I have one and it makes everything so much easier when you want to snip off the excess yarn as close to the stitch as possible.
The tools are this list are a must to have in your “toolbox” but there are some tools that are nice to have if possible. Check the Top 7 Crochet Tools to Have on Your Wish List to see if those tools are on your wish list or if I missed any.
If you have only these tools in your “toolbox”, I think you are set to crochet and keep on crocheting. Let me know what you think about these tools. Did I miss any tools that are a must-have? Comment below and let’s talk.