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1 // Yarn
Obviously you need yarn, right? You can’t really crochet without it. It comes in a variety of weights and fibers, from lace to bulky, acrylic to wool. My favorite places to buy yarn include: Michaels, JOANN Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, & Lion Brand Yarn .
2 // Crochet Hooks
Every crocheter needs a good set of hooks. There are a ton of different hooks to choose from in so many materials and price ranges. I like Clover Amour hooks like this one. I received the 10 piece hook set pictured below a few years back for Christmas and these hooks are still my go-to choice.
CLOVER AMOUR CROCHET
HOOK SET 10 SIZES
3 // Scissors
Another obviously needed tool, but worth the mention (even though I use nail clippers more often than I’d admit). The best scissors I’ve ever had are Fiskars Softgrip. They work insanely well and fit perfectly in my project bag.
FISKARS SOFTGRIP TITANIUM ADULT
SCISSORS 8 INCH GRAY
4 // Yarn Needles
You’ll need yarn needles to sew pieces together and to weave in the leftover yarn tails once you’ve completed crocheting a project (or you can weave in your ends as you go, depending on the project and what you prefer).
HEKISN LARGE-EYE BLUNT
NEEDLES 9 PIECE
5 // Stitch Markers
Stitch markers are an essential tool to have. When starting out it can be difficult to see where your stitches or rows start and end. Stitch markers take all the guesswork out of it. They are also extremely helpful for more complex projects where stitch counts can turn into a quick headache.
100PC MIX COLOR CROCHET
LOCKING STITCH MARKERS
6 // Blocking Mat
Not every project will need to be blocked, but it can make a real difference in a lot of finished pieces. This is the blocking mat I have. I’ve never had any issues with it, plus it comes with T-pins and a measuring tape.
PACK OF 9 GRAY BLOCKING
BOARDS WITH GRIDS FOR CROCHET
7 // Measuring Tape
It’s recommended for most projects to complete a gauge swatch before you actually begin crocheting that project. This is to make sure that your tension and yarn match the pattern, so it will come out the correct size. You have to have a measuring tape to be able to check the size of your gauge swatch. A measuring tape will also be helpful if you need to know the size of your project.
60-INCH SOFT TAPE FLEXIBLE RULER
8 // Project Bag
One of the best parts of this craft is that you can take it everywhere with you. To take it along with you, you’ll want to have a designated bag to keep your project and all the corresponding supplies in. I have quite a few I’ve collected over the years, but my favorite is technically a purse I bought from Target.
9 // Hook Case
When I say hook case, I really just mean anything to keep your hooks organized. There are options out there for actual crochet hook cases, if that’s what you’re looking for, but I’ve never had one. I use a combination of mason jars (for at home) and a small zippered pouch (for on the go).
10 // Crochet Books
From stitch dictionaries to pattern books, I have a lot of crochet books. I find them incredibly helpful. Visit this post for a list of my top 10 favorite crochet books. That post is slightly outdated though. It pre-dates the release of Debrosse’s Modern Crochet, which I highly recommend to every crocheter.
MODERN CROCHET: PATTERNS AND DESIGNS
FOR THE MINIMALIST MAKER