The Beginners Nook: Materials You Need To Get Started With Crocheting

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So you want to learn how to crochet, but aren't exactly sure where to start? Then you've come to the right place! Although there are plenty of other articles and resources out there that probably already cover this, I figured I'd share what materials that I first started with when I first started crocheting back in 2014. 


CROCHET HOOKS
I found my first crochet kit, with some basic sizes and some large blunt needles, on Amazon. (Click here to see the crochet kit

I think I only paid like $9-10 for it, and for a 23 piece set with a case, its not a bad deal for someone just starting out. It doesn't bother me that they don't have a rubber grip on them, but for those of you who want something more comfortable, they may be a better option. If you decide not to get the kit, here is a list of some hook sizes that I'd recommend you have on hand. 
  • 4.0mm 
  • 4.5 mm 
  • 5 mm 
  • 5.5 mm 
  •  6 mm 
  •  6.5 mm 
These 6 sizes should be more than enough to get you started. 

YARN TYPES

When I was first starting, I found the easiest yarn to work with was the Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn. You can get 364 yards for $2.88 a skein at Walmart, which is not going to break the bank. If I made a mistake using this yarn, or ended up having to throw a project away because it wasn't right, I wasn't heartbroken, because I didn't spend that much on it to begin with. 

I would suggest buying 2-3 of the Red Heart Super Saver yarns to start with. They are good for basic projects, and will be enough yarn to make at least a hat and a scarf. 


OTHER MATERIALS
Some other materials that you need include:
  • Scissors 
  • Yarn bowl (optional)
  • Stitch markers (optional - I use hair ties)
  • Row counter (optional)
Thats it! Crochet is a pretty cheap hobby to get into, so long as you don't become a yarn hoarder. I think it cost me only about $20 to get started. 

Check out more of my Beginners Nook articles for information on how to get started with basic stitching, and some easy projects to get you started!

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