One of the most frequently asked questions that I get from brand new crocheters is “What sort of equipment do I need to start my crochet adventure?”. Well, in this post I am going to talk you through the few (and inexpensive) things you will need to get going. I will warn you though, you will soon have the biggest yarn stash ever and WILL become a crochet addict! I love crochet. It is my favourite thing to do. Crochet has helped me get through bad days, has given me the opportunity to make new friends and even makes me feel valued when I get lovely compliments about my work. So what are you waiting for?! Pick up that hook and yarn and join the best community that I have ever had the privilege of being part of!
Firstly, hooks! You do not need to buy yourself a super duper expensive hook. I started out with a simple 4mm aluminium hook.. These hooks are brilliant for beginners as they are cheap and widely available. If you have any issues with grip, such as arthritis I would highly recommend a silicone handled hook such as the Clover 4 mm Amour Crochet Hook. These are my favourite hooks in the whole world and are defiantly worth spending that little bit extra on. 4mm is the size that I would recommend starting out with. It is the hook size that I use the most and is the size recommended for most Double Knit (or DK) yarns.
Now for the yarn! Trust me when I say DO NOT start off with a dark coloured yarn such as black or navy. Dark colours are really hard to work with and you will end up seriously frustrated which is not what you want when you are first starting out. I suggest a light colour in Double Knit (or DK). I absolutely love the Robin Yarns from Thomas Ramsden. They are affordable and come in a huge variety of colours. My favourites for a beginner would be their Madonna or Spearmint. Both of these are DK yarns.
Stitch markers are also a great accessory for a beginner as they can help you to keep the edges of your work straight. I use Clover Locking Stitch Markers. These are defiantly the best stitch markers and will be your best friend for straight edges!
If you are still feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this information, you can find my YouTube guide here to help you even more.
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