Lesson 1 – Gathering your materials

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This lesson will help you to sort through the sea of materials you will find at the store and help  you to obtain the items you will need in order to learn to crochet.


 For the first 6 lessons, you will only need to acquire an H or an I hook, and one skein of yarn. By the last lesson, it would be prudent of you to have acquired some of the other items listed below so that we can complete a pattern together.

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The yarn will need to be a medium weight, or worsted weight yarn. Look for the 4 on the label. Skip to the YARN section below to decode the rest of those symbols.

Hooks

 

All About Crochet Hooks

Crochet Hook Size 101


Yarn

 

Yarn 101

How to read yarn labels


Measuring tape:

Easily acquired at a craft supply store or craft section at your local department store. Used for measuring gauge, which you will learn more about later on. Gauge is something that is only important on anything that will fit someone. Like clothing, hats, etc. Most people don’t start out with things like this for good reason. Dishcloths, purses, granny squares, blankets, your own crochet hook case, etc… these are all things that don’t need gauge to work. Your tension will probably be off for a little while anyway until you get the hang of how the hook feels in your hand.
In the beginning, I bought a 120 inch measuring tape and it turned out to be more worry than it was worth! I finally purchased some 60 inch ones and they are MUCH easier to deal with. http://www.michaels.com/loops-and-threads-tape-measure-60in/10340669.html

Scissors:

Um… they’re for cutting…. 🙂

Tapestry needle:

Not to be confused with yo mama’s teensy tiny sewing needle. You’re going to need a needle to weave in your yarn ends, so yarn’s got to fit into the eye. These are what I bought and I still use these today –> My favorite is one of those middle ones. Not too big, not too small. These will also do nicely.

Stitch Markers:

Stitch markers are optional, but for a new crocheter I HIGHLY recommend their use. Clay stitch markers in my opinion weigh down my work and they make it hard for me to work, but I know some use them with no problems. You can purchase these for $1.99 from Knit Picks, but I also own a set and I’ve never used them.  I use safety pins! I find that I can stick them into a pin cushion quickly when moving them around, they don’t weigh my work down, they are cheap, and they are efficient to have around because before I crocheted, I NEVER had safety pins on hand. If you want a cheap solution, safety pins get my vote. I still use them even today!

Video tutorial:

Yarn obsession does a good basic walk-through on the materials needed to begin crocheting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL7PQJlnvEA


 At this point, you have all the materials you should need to begin crocheting!!


If you have any questions, please comment below and I’ll be sure to get back with you as soon as possible!


 Finished? Move on to Lesson 2 – The Super Basics


 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Lesson 1 – Gathering your materials”

  1. Another thing you can use for stitch markers is a bobby pin. I find they’re WAY easier to use because you can mark your place with one hand – no need to use 2 hands to open and close your stitch marker.

     
  2. I use an old pencil box to hold all my hooks, scissors, and misc accessories I use for crocheting. I already had this on hand, and its easy to grab the box and toss it in my bad for creativity on the go!

     
  3. I use a pringles can for my hooks, scissors, tape measure…I also have stitch markers but being “old school” I use a long strand of off color yarn (one way to use scraps)

     

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