Crochet is a fun hobby that you can grow into a business and a craft that is easy to start with.
If you are into making arts with fibers then here’s one for you. Crochet projects are endless. They can be home decor, wearables, accessories and many other things.
But first, before you dive into learning the basic stitches, you need to gather some things and tools to get you started. There are a lot of crochet tools and materials in the market today, some are super expensive and some are not. But, for a starter you can have those that are not tight on the pocket. You would be practicing pretty much anyways. Especially, getting the uniform tension, which can only be achieved through constant practice. When you are already confident with your work, then it is wise enough to buy those expensive tools and materials to work with. Especially the yarns. As they say, “There’s no such thing as enough when it comes to yarns,”. Your yarns would probably invade most of the space in your house because they come in different colors which are very much pleasing to the eyes.
Yarns comes in different types/ kinds and sizes and even weights. But, for a beginner, it is advised to best use the acrylic ones with size #4 which are medium worsted weight yarns. They are just the right size to use and acrylic being a bit stretchy, it would be practical to use when you still need to master the uniformity of your tension.
Hooks comes in different sizes, types and styles as well. And to start with your crochet hobby and to go with the suggested acrylic yarn size, hook size 5mm is the best one to start with. Just pick a hook that you would be comfortable to work with.
For snipping yarn ends, a sharp scissor is a wise investment or you might end cutting the yarns by your canine teeth.
A tape measure is use for body measurements, whenever you are making wearables and for measuring your projects as well, especially when you need to make a swatch gauge. You can have the conventional or the retractable one or both.
There are metal and plastic tapestry needle, but personally, I mostly use the metal ones. Because the plastic ones are just way too big for my yarn when weaving ends. But the plastics would be practical to use with bulky yarns.
There are lots of kinds of stitch marker out there. You can even make one of your own from lobster lock. They are usually used to mark the beginning row stitches and preventing stitches from unraveling when you are meant to stop for a while or from unintentional frogging.
Row counter would be handy with project that has repetitive pattern. This will help you not to hear the croak (frogging). But this tool is just optional. You can have a pen and a paper to track your row.
My advise, if you have plans to get your crochet hobby into a serious business in creating projects, invest on tools that are of good quality. They may be expensive, but in the end , it could save you a lot from buying more and another tool of the same kind.
But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
Jeremiah 10:12 (NIV)