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Tools to Start Crocheting
Like most projects, you need the right tools before you start. Here I am going to explain what items you need before you start crocheting.
Large eyed needle (A): You can usually find yarn needles with other crochet supplies or with the plastic canvas, they usually have a dull point. So you might have to shop around. I usually just use a thick large eyed needle. I find it easier to pull through the yarn when it is sharp.
Scissors (B): You want something that cuts well. I bought fabric scissors because I can cut my left over strands close to my project and it's not all frayed.
Crochet Hooks (C): This is the most important tool. Hooks go from size B(2.25 mm) to a size S(19 mm). PLEASE do not run out and buy every size there is. Most projects ask for sizes F (3.75 mm), G (4.25 mm), H (5.00 mm) or I (5.50 mm). If there is a specific project you want to do, and it says to use another size, then you can always go out and buy it. You don't want to spend a fortune on things you might never use, especially in the early, learning stages.
Here is a list of different types of hooks you can buy, and my opinion on them:
1. Acrylic: These are okay. The yarn doesn't slide off the hook as easily as it does with a metal hook and if you crochet tight like I do. You could crack it and it makes a squeeky noise that drives me insane.
2. Bamboo Handled: These have aluminum heads and the handles are made out of bamboo. I like this one because there is more to hold onto, so your hand won't get tired as quickly.
3. Crochet Lite: These have a clear acrylic head that lights up and a handle that is pretty comfortable to hold. I use this mainly for when I have to crochet with black yarn. Black yarn makes my eyes want to fall out after a while, since it is hard to see the stitches. This has made it SO much better.
4. Clover Soft Touch: These have a comfort grip that people tend to love. I think it all depends on how you hold the hook. I actually like the handle on the Crochet Lite Better.
5. Aluminum Crochet Hook: This is the kind of hook I learned on. It might be your best bet if you are just starting out. Once you know if crochet is something you want to stick with, you could buy the more comfortable hooks.
6.: This is my favorite! Besides the Crochet Lite, this is the only hook I use. It comes with interchangeable sized heads and the handle is awesome. BUT... I broke 2 of them. I crochet A LOT. The plastic cracked and I ended up glueing my most used hooks into the ones I broke. It is still my favorite. Once I glued it, I haven't had a problem. Provo Craft Crochet Hook
There are also wooden hooks. I know someone who has used these and she said they get smoother as you use them.
Yarn (D): I know this isn't necessarily a tool. But, since I am telling you about the tools to start out with, I also want to let you know what type of yarn I suggest you should learn on. I think that Red Heart Super Saver yarn is awesome to learn on. Mostly because it is worsted weight yarn and is 100% acrylic. It is very easy to see what you are doing. Some of the fancier yarns are tough to see and that makes it frustrating to learn on. When you pick out a color, white or pastels are, again, easier to see.
Notebook (E) + writing utensil/Counter (F): The note pad is for keeping count, you can write how many rows you have done so if you have to leave your project and go back to it, you know where you left off or, use a hash mark every time you finish a row and count that way. You could also use a counter, it's whatever you feel most comfortable with.
I hope this helps you get set up to crochet.