Your how-to-crochet kit awaits (+ giveaway!)

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Are you itching to learn how to crochet? Getting started can be the hardest part. You may be wondering what supplies you need, what books or patterns are the best for beginners, or even where to get help if you need it.

If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Read on for the answers you need to help you build a solid foundation.

1. What supplies do I need?

From Getting Ready to Crochet by Karen Costello Soltys

One of the great things about crochet is that you don’t need a huge number of supplies to get started. That’s not to say that over time you won’t want to add to your inventory of tools and gadgets—and yarn, of course! But to start, you need only a crochet hook and yarn.

Crochet Hooks
Crochet hooks are available from a wide variety of manufacturers in a range of prices. You’ll find aluminum crochet hooks (the type I learned on as a kid), steel hooks, and ones made from bamboo, exotic hardwoods, and plastic. There are hooks with ergonomic handles, hooks that come singly or in sets, and even interchangeable sets of hooks and cables for Tunisian crochet. If possible, hold the hook in your hand before you buy to see if it’s comfortable for you.

Crochet hooks and notions

How to hold a crochet hookHolding a Crochet Hook
Many books or experts will tell you to hold the hook like you’d hold a pencil, and that’s great if it works for you. As a child, I couldn’t maneuver my hook very well when holding it that way, so, much to my grandmother’s chagrin, I instantly switched to the overhand grip (holding it like you’d hold a knife). I’ve never looked back. Holding the hook this way just feels natural to me and makes it easier for me to direct the hook. Try both ways and see which is more comfortable for you. My philosophy is that the right way to hold the hook is the way that works for you!

To start with, I recommend choosing a smooth, solid-colored yarn that’s not too dark so that you can easily see your stitches and how they’re formed. Wool or Superwash wool is a perfect choice because wool fibers have a memory. They’ll spring back into shape if you tear out stitches and try again. Cotton, on the other hand, will start to sag. You can branch out to more exotic yarns, colors, fibers, and patterns once you get the hang of the basic crochet stitches.

Just be sure to use a yarn and hook size that are compatible, such as worsted-weight yarn and a size I-9 to K-10½ hook.

2. What books or patterns are essential for beginners?

As a beginner, it will be helpful to have a few essential books on your shelf. Here are our top three essential books for learning (and continuing!) to crochet:

A to Z of Crochet
A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter

Why you need it: If you’re just learning how to crochet, you’ll need a reference that will lead you step-by-step through the process, help you build on your skills, and provide helpful information when you get stuck. This book is it!

Crochet Bright
Crochet Bright: Scarves, Hats, Booties, and More

Why you need it: So now you’ve learned the basic skills—it’s time to make something! These quick, easy crochet patterns will boost your confidence. The projects make great gifts, so you can show off your newfound skills!

The Big Book of Crochet Stitches: Fabulous Fans, Pretty Picots, Clever Clusters and a Whole Lot More

Why you need it: As you progress, you’ll want to add new stitches to your knowledge bank. The Big Book of Crochet Stitches will give you the beginner step-by-step, and will undoubtedly become your trusted go-to dictionary as you increase your skills.

3. Where do I go if I need help?

We have a collection of excellent how-to PDFs you can download for FREE. You’ve already read an excerpt from Getting Ready to Crochet above in our first tip, but you can also download helpful information about gauge, foundational techniques, and basic crochet stitches.

If you need more help, Youtube and Ravelry are both great resources for beginning crocheters. You can always contact us, too—we have helpful customer-service representatives who can assist you with any of our patterns.

How-to-crochet kit

Giveaway alert! Leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered to win a getting-started pack—including all three books listed above! You’ll be well on your way to learning how to crochet and building your own crochet library.

What do you need to start crocheting? Tell us in the comments and you could win a getting-started pack of A to Z of Crochet, Crochet Bright, and The Big Book of Crochet Stitches. We’ll pick a random winner one week from today and contact you by email if you win.

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