Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Crocheting Essentials



Back when I was expecting baby number 3 I had an urge to crochet hats, scarves, and blankets to keep us warm during Michigan's winters. At the time, I only had one hook and two skeins of yarn I had left from college. Slowly, I began acquiring more and more supplies that I felt were necessary to complete my projects because just like in cooking one has to have the right tools to get the work done.  Today, I am here to share what I consider to be the essentials with you.

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1. Hooks: I have used Boye Aluminum hooks for a long time, until about 5 months ago, I took the plunge and decided I needed to get a more comfortable ‘G’ hook. That is when I came across Clover’s hooks.  Oh my. My crocheting experience has been forever changed. Super comfy, soft, and easy to maneuver. 







 2. Case for Hooks: Personally, I use a case I found at Wal-Mart from the make-up section. It works for me. It’s light, easy to pack, good zipper, and spacious enough for my hooks. There are other kinds of case where you could keep your hooks organized like 











3.  Tapestry Needle: You definitely will need it to weave your ends. 










4. Yarn: There are many, many places where to find yarn online. I have shared some of the ones with best reviews I have found online in this post. Another option is to shop at craft stores where you can use coupons (JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Hancock Fabrics, ACMoore). Stores like Wal-Mart and Meijer have a good supply. Ebay and Etsy are good options too.  My personal favorite yarns are Vanna's Choice, Caron Simply Soft, I Love This Yarn, and Bernat. 

5. Sharp / Pointy edge scissors: You’ll need a good set of scissors for snipping off those ends once you have weaved your ends. Check some here

6. Measuring Tape: Singer’s retractable tape has been my favorite because it fits nicely into my crocheting case.



7. Stitch Markers: This handy item will help you keep track of your first stitch when making a hat. How I wish I had a stitch marker when I made my very first hat!  I still have the same set I got about three years ago they’re still good as new. More options here











8. Stitch Counter: Great for amigurumi, counting rounds or rows when making a blanket, hat, or any other item. Great to have! 

9. Storage: I use clear plastic bins to store my yarn so I can easily see what I have in stock. 









10. Books and Patterns: There are many blogs and websites that offer free crochet patterns. There are also paid patterns, ebooks, and books available.  Some of my favorite blogs are Moogly, My Hobby is Crochet, Daisy Cottage Designs, and many others. 


Trust this post is informative and helpful to you! Let me know in the comments which is your favorite 'essential'! 

Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi 
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