If you are a new crocheter and are wondering what crochet tools you need to start crocheting with then look no further! This complete list of crochet supplies for beginners will help you get on the right track.
What Tools Do I Need for Crocheting?
The two main tools you need to crochet with are yarn and a crochet hook. These are the first materials you’ll need for crocheting when beginning your crochet journey.
You will quickly find out that you will need more crochet accessories such as a yarn needle, crochet hook organizer as well as a good pair of scissors. Luckily, the basic supplies for crochet are quite affordable which makes this a cheap hobby to have.
These are the basic crochet supplies you will need to get started with crochet:
- Crochet Hook(s)
- Yarn Needle (aka a Darning Needle or Tapestry Needle)
- Hook Organizer
- Scissors (a nice sharp pair is good!)
Below, I’ll explain a bit about each crochet tool and crochet supply you may want to get as a beginner plus a few extra accessories that may come in handy. You will also be able to find a few of my favorite places to buy crochet supplies as well as a few places to buy yarn online at a good price.
Must-Have Crochet Supplies for Beginner Crocheters
Yarn is the most fun of all the crochet supplies you’ll need because of all the colors, fibers and weights in comes in. Most new crocheters start with a low cost acrylic yarn such as Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or Brava Worsted. It is a good idea as a beginner to learn more about the different types of yarn available before you decide to purchase.
2. Crochet Hooks
A crochet hook is an essential tool for crocheting since it is the main tool that is used to form crochet stitches. They come in different materials such as wood and steel.
There are over thirty different sizes of crochet hooks, and crochet patterns will usually specify a hook size. Crochet hooks are identified by either their US or Metric names. For example, a 5.5 mm metric size hook is also known as an I-9 size hook in the US.
3. Yarn Needle
A yarn needle is a blunt tool that is used to weave in yarn ends in projects that can either be metal or plastic. It has a big eye that makes it easy to insert yarn into and thread throughout patterns. It also may be referred to as a darning needle or tapestry needle.
Yarn needles come in different sizes to be used with different weight yarns. They also are available as a bent yarn needle too which makes it easier to thread under worked up patterns rather than the straight metal needles.
5. Measuring Tape
A tape measure is important for crocheters to have. It helps make sure that when you are crocheting a pattern such as a hat it will be the perfect size. It is also useful for making sure the proper gauge is obtained in patterns. Craft tape measures are usually soft, so they can be manipulated when measuring and stored easily. Have a look at my favorite tape measure one below.
6. Stitch Markers
A stitch marker is a small tool that helps a crocheter keep their place in a project by marking a stitch. They can be used to mark stitches, buttons, rows and more!
For crocheting, you will want to use locking stitch markers. These markers open and close, so they can be removed when you are done with them.
7. Crochet Hook Organizer
A hook organizer is a good way to keep your hooks, stitch markers and yarn needles organized in one spot.
You can purchase a hook organizer one at most local craft stores or online at places like Amazon. A pencil case is a great tool to use too if you can’t find a case that is specially made for hooks and crochet supplies.
8. Crochet Stitch Book
A good stitch book is an essential tool when crocheting! It helps to expand your knowledge of crochet stitches plus helps you remember the basics.
The best crochet stitch book is The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet which has over 220 different stitch patterns to learn.
Not only is a good stitch book good to have it is also a good idea to look into other areas of the fiber arts with books. Take a peak at the best list of crochet books to get an idea of what there is to learn.
Once you have the tools you’ll need for crocheting you are ready to start learning how to crochet!
I recommend reading about the basics of crochet in my free guide “Crochet for Beginners” as well as taking a look at the “Crochet Abbreviations for Beginners” guide too. After you look at those resources you are now ready to start crocheting beginner patterns!