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Crocheting For Beginner:Tools and Tips To Get Started

Aug 17, 2007
If you are learning how to crochet, there are some things to consider that will make your crocheting experience easier and more fun. In addition to hooks and yarn, there are also several other tools that you should consider getting before you start a crochet project. Having everything in place at the beginning will make you feel much more prepared.

The first thing to consider is the type of hooks or hooks you'll be using. Crochet hooks are made from a variety of materials, including: steel, aluminum, bone or plastic. The main criteria for working with a hook is one that is comfortable and feels good in your hand. The weight of the hook, hook material, and finger size and length will influence your decision. There is no specific requirements for choosing a hook, but depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet will be a consideration. Of course, if you are following a pattern, then the gauge requirements, our how many stitches you need to make an inch, is something you will also need to be aware of.

Purchasing an Afghan hook can be a good investment. Afghan hooks are used for specialized crochet projects, and they allow you to hold many stitches on your hook. The average crochet hook is six inches, but Afghan hooks come in 9, 14, and 20 inch lengths. They also have knobs on them to keep the stitches form falling off. Using an Afghan hook will make your crocheting even easier.

Yarns are now made in many different varieties for crocheting use. As a beginner, the easier yarn to use is one that has a medium or tight twist and a smooth surface. Crochet yarn is usually packaged as balls, not skeins, and the length of each yarn will vary depending on the thickness. You may want to consider an all natural blend, or if you are looking at synthetic yarns, get a blend of the two, which will have the benefits of both synthetic and natural.

In addition to yarn and hooks, there are other tools that will make crocheting easier. Markers are split loops or rings of colorful plastic that help mark your work. They help indicated the beginning of a row and help count the stitches. Tapestry needles are used in embroidery, but for crochet, they can be used to weave yarn ends and sew crochet pieces together.

There are even more tools that you can use once you get started in crochet, but having the above on hand will make your crocheting experience even easier. Its always better to assemble the tools you need ahead of time so you won't be interrupted in the middle of a project. Soon, you'll be crocheting one-of-a-kind crafts.
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