Do you ever wonder what tools other crocheters are using? Maybe what hooks are their favorite or how they made their pom poms looks so fluffy? When I first started, I wondered these things all of the time. So in case you’re one of the ones who wonders, here is a list of all of my FAVORITE Crochet Tools and Resources that I use (almost) every day!
Favorite Crochet Tools and Resources
When I first started to crochet, I heard a lot about these hooks because they’re one of the most popular brands. When I saw the price, I did not understand why they costed so much more than others and I didn’t want to spend the money. Well, I finally decided to buy one because the cheaper hooks that I was using kept falling apart and I was literally gluing them together.
Because of this, I decided to buy ONE Clover Hook in one of my most-used sizes just to see what the hype was about. Yeah, it’s amazing. I was so shocked at how much smoother my stitches were when I started using these hooks. I’ve come to realize that these hooks are definitely worth the price.
If you’re first starting out, I understand why you would want to go for the cheaper ones and when you’re buying a set, that’s what I would do. However, I do recommend that you purchase at least one Clover Hook in one of the most used sizes (5mm, 5.5mm, or 6mm for me!) so that you can see how much of a difference it makes. Then let me know what you think of them!
I really love all yarn, but I find myself using Lion Brand Yarn the most. They have a variety of different yarns from light weight to super bulky! It’s hard for me to decide which one of their yarns are my favorite so I’ll name three: Wool Ease Thick & Quick, Heartland, and Vanna’s Choice. They come in SO MANY beautiful colors! If you’re a beginner, I recommend using Heartland or Vanna’s Choice because they are both medium weight yarns.
Another awesome thing about Lion Brand is on their website, they set kits to go with their yarn. They collaborate with different bloggers and designers and they design a pattern and lion brand contributes all of the yarn you need to finish the pattern. I bought one of their kits last Christmas as a gift for my mom. It comes with the printed pattern and all of the yarn you’ll need.
Of course, they also have free patterns available on their website is Pinterest isn’t doing it for you 😉
I’m pretty sure every crocheter has a pair of these! It’s so much more fun to have fancy looking scissors! Also it’s nice to have a pair of small craft scissors to dedicate to your yarn instead of using your kitchen scissors and then forgetting where you left them when it’s time to cook dinner! I’ve also seen vintage style craft scissors that I sometimes wish I chose instead! That’ll probably be my next Amazon purchase.
These are extremely important to have especially when you’re crocheting in the round. I have tons of different stitch markers, but my favorite ones are the ones that snap shut. You can always use the many different hacks to create your own stitch markers, but these are only a couple of bucks!
These are definitely important when weaving in your ends. You could use a regular sewing needle if you have one, but then you run the chance of pricking yourself which is not the most fun. Yarn needles have a soft tip so they won’t prick you.
I’ve had this hook organizer for over a year now and I just love it. I love the boho style of it and how it easily wraps up.
Beyond the Basics
Have you ever tried to make a pom pom without a pom pom maker? I have. It was not successful. It is so much easier to use an actual pom pom maker versus any hack you can find out there. They’re super simple to use and my pom always comes out looking fluffy and perfect. I mean hello, have you seen the poms on the Vanellope Baby Blanket?!
I wanted to find a beautiful way to display my beautifully colored yarn, so I bought two 9 cube shelves and stacked them on top of each other. When I was a beginner, I would divide them by their brand so I wouldn’t forget which was which. Now that I can look at a yarn without a label and know what brand it is, I have them divided by color, which is BEAUTIFUL. I love these storage shelves. They’re easily accessible and take up little space.
I have THREE of these, believe it or not, and no I do not use them all. One I use to hold my candy when I have a sweet tooth, another I use to hold my stitch markers and other small supplies, and the third one I use to hold my yarn when I need it! The reason I have three: my mom and husband think alike and they BOTH bought me a yarn bowl for Mother’s Day last year! What are the odds! Then I was wonderfully gifted one by Lenny Mud from her shop and it is absolutely adorable. I love all three of them!
My husband also got me this one before I really even knew what it was. Sometimes he knows me better than I know myself! This thing is awesome! If you’re going to get a yarn bowl, I definitely suggest also purchasing a ball winder because once you wind your ball, it sits perfect into your yarn bowl. If I have to frog a project, I just hold the project in one hand while I rip it back by using the ball winder. It’s such a time saver and I end up with a beautiful ball of yarn!
I have multiple crochet books! The stitch dictionary I have has become my crochet bible when it comes to designing. If you’re looking to start designing, a stitch dictionary is the first step!
I am a notebook HOARDER. Ask my husband, it drives him crazy! I can’t help it. I have notebooks for blogging, crochet patterns, blog ideas, pattern ideas, and I could go on. When it comes to crochet though, I think that it’s always smart to have a notebook of some kind. If you’re crocheting a pattern, you could use a notebook as reference to what yarn you used or what size hook you used in case it was different than what the pattern stated. If you are a designer, a notebook is essential for all of your pattern notes, hook sizes, yarn brands, etc.
Crochet Resources & Money Saving
Craftsy is a great place to go for literally ANY type of craft. I love this site. They have crochet courses along with courses for sewing, knitting, cooking, baking, quilting, etc. I’ve recently bought two courses from there and it’s extremely easy to access and the videos are very professional and definitely worth it.
This is an online crochet/yarn store that I really love as well. Their yarn is cheap, they have thousands of patterns, and they always have a sale going on! They also have bundles that you can buy in gorgeous matched colors. This is my favorite thing about them.
When in doubt, shop at amazon! Amazon is pretty much my best friend. I am ALWAYS purchasing from there. In fact, if my mother and I were the only ones who shopped at Amazon, we would probably keep this store in business. We both have Amazon Prime which means FREE 2-day shipping! I think that’s the main reason why we love it so much.
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