When you decide to start with a new hobby and it happened to be a crochet, these are the basic supplies, which you may need for the absolute beginning:
1. Crochet Hook
The best size crochet hook to start with is 4.5mm (my opinion) that is made of steel with rubber or silicon handle. This size is comfortable to hold in your hand, making the movements of crocheting easier than using a very small or very large hook. To work with a size 4.5mm hook, you will need 8-ply knitting yarn to start with. I personally started with plastic hooks and after a while it cracked.
Also my wrist and the top of the hand hurt when you hold it with grip for long hours. So I recommend something like this:
There is a wide range of yarns on the market, however for the beginning with crochet it is good to start with 100% acrylic, 8ply knitting yarn. 100% acrylic is machine washable, usually allergies free and also sturdy – does not wear off quickly (e.g. if you thinking making a headband or appliqué). 8ply is a thicker yarn and easier to pick up with the hook.
Your choice of colours – depends, what project you will be doing. I would definitely avoid silky, shaggy yarns for the beginning and also YES… black colour, if you crocheting with artificial light. Black colour is much harder to see and much easier to make an errors with.
3. Ruler or tape measure
Yes, you will need ruler or tape measure some sort of.
At the very beginning, I used a piece of paper with gauge…it is an option, but after a few times it teared and become illegible.
Crochet projects usually are measured in width and or length (e.g. hat diameter or dress length).
4. Tapestry needle and pins
A tapestry needle is a blunt needle with a large eye. The large eye is useful to crochet because it can accommodate threads or fibers that are thicker than ordinary sewing thread like yarn even a bulky yarn. In case you want to work with beads you may need a smaller sewing needles as well.
You may use only sewing needles for everything, however they eye might be to small to fit the yarn and their sharp endmay damage the fibres of your project.
Sewing pins are handy if you need to position your project into a place (e.g. appliqué), you are assembling your project (e.g. attaching legs and hands to a doll) or decorating your project (e.g. pinning a position of eyes for your teddy).
I use embroidery scissors, found them the best – sharp, thin knifes and always cut at first attempt 🙂 even very fluffy shaggy yarn. Mine scissors looks like this:
Marker helps to mark a specific spot on your work. The best stitch markers are temporary and easily removable. You can use a string of yarn, which is in different colour than your work, but if you are working on multicoloured project, you may find it difficult. Also, sometimes, they come loose and so you loose your marker 😦
Manufactured stitch markers are easy and convenient to use for this purpose. If you have a small safety pin, that also can be used.
Commercial available markers comes in various colours and wide range of shapes and sizes. The most common are made of plastic and looks like nearly closed loop, despite that I use stainless still cross markers with blunt points (as it is shown on the picture)
If you going to make a toy e.g. amigurumi all sorts of (bears, dolls, characters, persons, decorative items) you will also need:
If you decide to make a toy or a pillow (something what needs to be stuffed), you will need stuffing. Stuffing can be anything soft or a bit textured, which fills the body of your work and gives it a shape.
Look at the range of hobby fill items available in your local craft or hobby shop and you find just what you need. You can choose from polyester balled fibre fill, polyester filling and plastic pellets. You also can use scraps of yarn and fabric if you wish. Remember, that plastic pellets should not be used for projects aimed for small children and pets in case they come in contact with them as they can be a chocking hazard. I use polyester filling for all my stuffed projects.
8.Eyes and Noses
For most of the toys you may wish to use so called “safety eyes” or “safety nose”. Plastic safety eyes (also known as craft eyes) are an adorable option for topping off your project. Despite the name “safety” it is not recommended to use them on projects for children under 3 or for animals.
Your safety eye will consist of two pieces: the front (with a straight or threaded rod) and the washer. The washer is the back of the eye, which secures the eye or nose into a place on your project. Just remember, once you place them it is nearly impossible to remove them without cutting and ripping you project ! Measure at least twice before you place them. You can also embroider the eyes, nose and other face features like eyebrows, chin with embroidery threads.
9. Other decorative supplies
You may wish to use other supplies like flowers, small roses, beads, buttons, glasses frames etc. to top up your project and turn it into a cute little person or animal and give it a character.
A lot of crocheters use a counter for counting rows especially in spiral crochet – amigurumi uses it a lot. It is a special little tool just to help you count the rows and keep up with the pattern especially when you are watching a TV and crocheting and the same time 🙂
I do not have one ( I am bit old fashioned…) so I use a pencil and a paper. Every time when I reach the marker (beginning of the row) I do a cross on a paper against the row which I just finished. If you like this method, all you need is the paper pattern and pencil :).
If you are ready for your first crochet project it is also a good idea to give your project a “home”. My life is quite busy and I am unable to leave my projects just anywhere around the house (maybe you have pets or kids – like me) and so a small box, ideally made from plastic, where you tuck in all your currently used little things, will do.
Avoid straw and woven baskets as they catch the yarn, tear it or even worse…damage you project. I had one and it was a nightmare.
I fold my project into the plastic basket as well and hide it in a small cabinet near a place where I usually crochet (just behind the living room armchair). So every time, when I feel like continuing, I can just take the basket and get into it 🙂