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Ready to wrap yourself in the warm and wonderful world of crochet? If you’ve decided to take the first step on this cozy crafting journey (hooray!), you’re in for a treat. To help you get started on the right foot, Managing Editor Brenda K.B. Anderson put together seven of her favorite items that you’ll want to snag as you prepare to dive into the creative art of crochet.
Beloved by crocheters everywhere as well as Brenda herself (her “all-time favorite”), these Clover Amour crochet hooks have a comfortable, ergonomically designed handle that fits like a dream right between your fingers. Gripping and maneuvering is a breeze with these hooks, and many say the design helps prevent motor fatigue, muscle cramps, joint discomfort, and constant readjustment experienced with other hook styles.
A set of locking stitch markers are a must-have for any crocheter, especially when you decide to take on advanced patterns like sweaters, mittens, or anything involving intricate designs. These easy-to-use stitch markers are super helpful for marking your progress and preventing you from losing your place, as well as marking pattern changes to help you visualize your work.
They say it’s the journey, not the destination, but there’s no debate that finishing a project is oh-so-satisfying. This set of yarn needles makes weaving in ends and sewing up seams so much easier, helping you get that polished, professional-looking finish that every crocheter aspires to achieve. There’s a size for every project, plus they’re useful for adding embroidery and other embellishments to your projects.
The New Crochet Stitch Dictionary showcases an impressive array of 440 distinct stitches that will ignite your imagination. Arranged into ten chapters based on stitch types—including shells, waves, chevrons, openwork, cables, textures, borders, and granny squares—this carefully curated collection offers a diverse range of designs. With well-organized contents and user-friendly patterns, this indispensable resource is sure to become your go-to reference guide time and time again!
5. These crochet books (The Hooktionary, Beastly Crochet, and Crochet Ever After)
Straight from the source, these books by our own Brenda K.B. Anderson are great for keeping that creative spark bright. The Hooktionary is full of fun, funky, and unique stitch motifs that we know you’ll love. Beastly Crochet is a whimsical collection of adorably odd crocheted critters and wearable projects inspired by creatures of the imagination. For fantasy and fairytale lovers, Crochet Ever After is full of storybook-themed projects, from an infinity scarf that Little Red Riding Hood herself would love to a “Mirror Mirror On the Go” makeup case.
It goes without saying that yarn is essential to your crochet experience—and trust us, the wrong yarn can make all the difference, turning a happy-go-lucky crochet session into a yarn-induced nightmare (that may or may not end up thrown across the room). These yarns are great for all kinds of projects, especially those involving our favorite granny squares or fun amigurumi creations like this Honey-Bunny pattern.
As any long-time crocheter can tell you, it’s almost inevitable that eventually you’ll find yourself with a massive collection of hooks—different gauges, colors, lengths, styles. You’ll have your favorites, but you definitely won’t get rid of the rest (just in case you need them). Keep your collection organized with a hook organizer like this one that holds all your favorite hooks (up to 6″), plus your backups and a few extra notions.
If you’re a new crocheter wondering what supplies you need to begin your crochet journey, this is a great place to get started. Plus, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Crochet and our 14-Day Learn to Crochet Series for helpful guidance on everything you need to know.