Crochet is huge right now—here are 10 crochet tools for beginners
If there’s one thing I can say confidently, it’s that crochet is here to stay. Aside from the resurgence of the '70s aesthetic, crochet has become a pandemic-favorite hobby for many, including myself. The best part is, it’s pretty easy to pick up on and not too expensive to get started.
What’s even better is that crochet transcends all seasons. Beanies and balaclavas were all over Instagram this winter, and with spring around the corner, we’re moving towards whimsical crocheted vests, retro bucket hats, stylish scrunchies, and more.
If you're looking to yarn-up and join the crochet club, these tools and accessories will help you create the cutest things for spring.
1. This simple, yet trusty beginner-friendly kit
From Baby Yodas to dinosaurs, adorable amigurumi—the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures—have taken TikTok and Instagram by storm, especially during the pandemic.
The best part is you don’t even have to have background knowledge in crochet to get started! The Woobles offers beginner-friendly kits that guide you along as you craft your chosen critter from their offered patterns. Make it a spring crafting challenge for yourself or gift the final piece for the season’s holidays, birthdays, Mother’s Day, or graduation celebrations. They’ve got helpful instructional videos to give you a visual play-by-play, and the materials themselves are high quality at a fair price point.
2. This advanced beginners kit featuring a pop-culture icon
A slightly more challenging kit than one from The Woobles, this Hello Kitty Bunny kit from Stitch & Story is recommended for advanced beginners. This is great for those who are confident in the basic stitches and ready to put their skills to the test.
Once completed, you’ll have just under 10 inches of adorable spring-themed Hello Kitty to gift, display, or cuddle. The kit comes with a hook, 100% cotton yarn, stuffing, a sewing needle, and instructions.
3. Stitch markers in fun spring colors
You can count stitches all day, but there’s bound to be a time or two (or many, if you’re me) when you’ll completely lose track. Thankfully these handy little stitch markers make it easy to mark stitches where you need to turn, increase, decrease, or change stitches.
No more going back to recount thrice over or having to backtrack and start over. Plus, they don’t get in the way of your stitching and are easy to hook on with minimal slippage. This particular set boasts a 4.9-star rating from Michaels shoppers, who note that they're incredibly easy to use.
4. A simple way to store your hooks
Unless you’re making the same item with the same weight yarn every time you crochet, chances are you’ll need more than one size hook. If you’re not into displaying your crochet hooks somehow, you’ll want to find a way to store them so you don’t lose them. It’s easy to think they’re not hard to lose track of, but they’re prone to disappearing into the couch cracks when you’re not looking.
Enter, this floral folding hook organizer. With plenty of elastic straps to keep hooks in place and even some pockets for your tapestry needles, tape measures, and other tools, you won’t have to go on a living room expedition to find any wayward hooks.
5. A functional (and adorable) yarn bowl
A yarn bowl is a game-changer for any crocheter. As much as they’re useful, they also serve as decor in their own right. Store and display the skeins you’re currently using with a charming ceramic yan bowl.
Feed the tail of your yarn through the opening and crochet away without worrying about tangles and manual unwinding as you go. Yarn bowls on Etsy are often handmade so you get to support other crafters while getting an enviably awesome crochet accessory and decor piece.
6. Quality crochet hooks in every size
Just like a painter knows the difference a good quality brush makes, the same goes for crochet hooks. They’ve got to be both ergonomic and sturdy. Fortunately, there are hooks out there that achieve this without breaking the bank.
Susan Bates is a craft store staple—and for good reason. The brand doesn’t disappoint, especially when it comes to aluminum head crochet hooks. A luxe step up from a fully aluminum hook, these have a lightweight bamboo handle that makes them a dream to use.
7. Fan-favorite yarn in every color imaginable
Michaels is a one-stop craft shop for makers everywhere, and home to fan-favorite Impeccable yarn. With just about every color imaginable, this yarn is great for a variety of projects, from hats and headbands to blankets and vests.
It’s 100% acrylic, not scratchy, and doesn’t pill super easily. Experienced crocheters rave about the versatility and say they can always rely on all 50+ shades of Impeccable for their projects.
8. The ultimate book of stitches
Got the hang of the basics and want to branch out? This crochet stitch dictionary has over 200 different types of crochet stitches with easy-to-follow pictorials. You could get online and try to find YouTube videos on new stitches to try, but let’s be real, how easy is it to get distracted along the way?
We’ve all accidentally spiraled down a YouTube click hole. With your stitch dictionary, you can keep your mind on your craft and not videos of meerkat social habits. Plus, it’s just nice to unplug every once in a while.
9. Some yarn scissors designed for smooth snipping
Trying to cut your yarn with any old dull scissors is like trying to cut bread with a butter knife. Having scissors specifically designed for your yarn projects is a game-changer.
These scissors from Singer are a nice compact size, comfortable to handle, and won’t dull easily from cutting yarn. No more frazzled and frayed ends poking out from where you’ve tried to weave them in. Plus, the nano-tipped blades are pointed and narrow enough that you won’t risk accidentally cutting a stitch like you would with standard clunky scissors.
10. Or this more travel-friendly option
Whether you like to take your projects with you when you travel or simply don’t want to bother with standard scissors, this pendant makes it easy to cut your yarn anytime, anywhere. You won’t have to spend time hunting your scissors down when you’re wearing what you need.
This pendant is a rotary style cutter, so it’s also safe to use and compact enough to not take up unnecessary space if you do decide to pack it away in your project bag.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.