Basic Tools And Materials For Learning To Crochet

You want to learn to crochet but you don't know where to start. Let's take a look at the basic tools and materials that are essential.
basic tools and materials image featured

Disclosure: this post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you click on them and buy something, you don’t pay any extra but I may receive a small referral commission.

Welcome to the first installment of the “learn to crochet” blog series. Today I’m going to give an overview of the basic tools and materials that will serve you best when getting started.

Crochet is a wonderful hobby that can start fairly inexpensively. Be forewarned, your love for different hooks, yarn, and accessories may call out to you!

basic tools and materials image 01

What Yarn Should I Use?

There are a variety of yarns available on the market from superfine spiderweb weight to an ultra bulky yarn. Each serves its purpose and the weight of yarn will determine the function and design of your desired project.

basic tools and materials image 03

To start, I recommend a worsted weight. It is a common weight that you could use for most projects, including a hat, scarf, or sweater. The “4” you see on the ball band means there are four twists of yarn to make up the one strand and overall thickness.

Now that we know what weight to look for, what type of yarn or wool will you choose? Acrylic or animal wool? I personally would recommend acrylic when you start. It’s inexpensive and if you have to rip back, it’s not going to make you cry as much.

I would also suggest that you choose a solid colour that is not black or dark. It will make seeing your stitches much easier and less frustrating.

basic tools and materials image 02

What Is The Best Size Crochet Hook For Beginners?

First of all, I would recommend an aluminum hook such as you see pictured for beginners. Aluminum does not stick as much as wood or other materials so it will be less frustrating. I recommend this set for starting out.

Worsted weight generally uses a 5.0mm hook. I would suggest either that size or a 5.5mm hook. The bigger the hook, the bigger the stitches which makes it easier to see where you are working.

If you have trouble with gripping or sore hand joints, you may want to consider ergonomic hooks. These types of hooks usually have a grip on the handle to put less stress on your hands while you’re crocheting. I particularly enjoy using these hooks

basic tools and materials image 05

UK Versus USA Terminology

It is important to be aware of the origin of your pattern before you start your project so you do the correct stitches to get the intended results.

According to Crochet For Dummies, “just as hook sizes differ depending on where you live (as explained in Chapter 2), the crochet terminology used in the United States is different than that used in the United Kingdom and Australia. For example, what’s called a single crochet in the United States is called a double crochet in the United Kingdom.

No one is entirely sure how this different crochet terminology came about, but one theory is that the UK terms refer to the number of loops you have on the hook after you draw a loop through the next stitch and that the U.S. terms refer to the number of times you move the hook to complete the stitch. For example, after you’ve drawn the yarn through the stitch in the previous row, you have two loops on your hook or a double loop, hence the United Kingdom’s double crochet. To complete the stitch, you only have to draw the yarn through both loops on the hook once, which is a single movement, hence the United States’ single crochet. “

In addition to yarn and crochet hooks, you will need a blunt yarn or darning needle and scissors.

This post was featured on Guelph Local on February 7, 2020.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on print
Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth is a children's book author and designer of knit and crochet character hats under the brand The Ruthless Crafter. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, spend time with her family, and swim. She lives a full, happy life in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

You May Also Enjoy Reading...

Crochet Snowman Hats – Set #2

In October I wrote about Snowman Hats I created for a customer. (You can read about it here). After I posted and shared it on my social media, I was contacted to create two more for Christmas gifts for some young girls. Here is the second round – I can’t get over how adorable this pattern is! You can find it for FREE from Repeat Crafter Me by clicking here. I have shared this post with the blog parties found on my “Linky Parties” page.

Read More »

Sew a Toy Monster

Looking to make a gift for a child or a monster-loving adult this season? Click here for Craftsy’s FREE sewing pattern for a toy monster! Which one is your favourite and who would you make it for?

Read More »

Craftshow Update & Giveaway #1

I have been sewing and quilting like mad recently to get ready for the November Christmas craft shows I’m participating in. I had one last weekend, today and my final one will be next weekend. It’s a lot of work but sewing up Christmas items sure gets you in the holiday spirit! If you want to see what I’ve been making, check out my Store on my Facebook page. To get us into the holiday spirit even further I’m hosting a giveaway of a set of two Coffee Cozies with Handles that I made earlier this week. I’d love for

Read More »

Send a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

share this post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on print

don't miss a thing!


our latest posts