Essential Crochet Supplies: A Beginner's Guide
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 9 min read


  1. Select the right crochet hook
  2. Find the perfect yarn
  3. Invest in a yarn needle
  4. Why a stitch marker is helpful?
  5. How to use a row counter
  6. Choose a yarn bowl
  7. Manage with a measuring tape
  8. Get a comfortable scissors
  9. How to select a crochet pattern
  10. Why a crochet bag is useful?

Are you ready to start your crochet journey but unsure about the materials needed to crochet? No worries, we've got you covered in this beginner's guide to essential crochet supplies. We'll walk you through everything you need, from selecting the right crochet hook to why a crochet bag could be your new best friend. So, let's get started on unraveling the mystery of crochet supplies together, shall we?

Select the right crochet hook

Think of your crochet hook as your magic wand. It's your key tool in creating all those wonderful stitches. So, how do you choose the right one? Here are some tips:

  • Size matters: Crochet hooks come in different sizes, which affect the size of your stitches. The thicker the hook, the larger your stitches will be. As a beginner, it's best to start with a medium-sized hook — like a size H/8 (5mm) — as it's easier to manage.
  • The material counts: Crochet hooks are made from various materials, such as aluminum, plastic, and bamboo. Aluminum hooks are popular because they're smooth and help the yarn glide easily. On the other hand, bamboo hooks offer a warmer, more natural feel, while plastic hooks are lightweight and affordable.
  • Comfort is key: Crocheting should be a relaxing activity, so comfort is a big thing to consider. Look for hooks with ergonomic handles. They're designed to be easier on your hands and can help prevent fatigue during those long crochet sessions.

Remember, it might take a little trial and error to find the crochet hook that feels just right for you. But once you find the one, it's like a 'hooky' match made in heaven!

Find the perfect yarn

Now that we have hooked you up with the right crochet tool, let's move onto the next important material needed to crochet: the yarn. Selecting the right yarn can feel a bit overwhelming because of the variety available. But don't fret, we'll break it down for you.

  • Yarn weight: Yarn weights refer to the thickness of the yarn strand. They range from lace (super thin) to jumbo (super thick). As a beginner, you might find a medium weight yarn, such as worsted weight, an easy choice to start with. It's neither too thin nor too thick, making it manageable for beginners.
  • Yarn fiber: Yarn comes in different fibers like cotton, wool, acrylic, and blends thereof. Acrylic yarn is a popular choice among beginners due to its affordability, easy care, and wide range of colors.
  • Yarn color: While this might seem like just an aesthetic choice, the color of your yarn can indeed impact your crochet experience. Light-colored yarns make it easier for you to see your stitches, which is particularly useful when you're still learning.

And there you have it. Once you've found your perfect yarn, you're one step closer to bringing your crochet project to life. Isn't it amazing how these materials needed to crochet can transform into something beautiful with just a hook and some creativity?

Invest in a yarn needle

Next on our list of materials needed to crochet is the humble yarn needle. You might be wondering: why a yarn needle when you already have a crochet hook? The answer lies in the finishing touches.

When you finish crocheting, you'll often be left with loose ends of yarn. This is where the yarn needle comes in handy. With its large eye and blunt tip, a yarn needle allows you to weave these ends through your work seamlessly, giving your project a neat and finished look. No more unsightly loose ends — it's like magic, isn't it?

Additionally, yarn needles are also used for seaming crochet pieces together in certain projects. Imagine creating a cozy blanket by joining various crochet squares — that's possible with a yarn needle.

While yarn needles are usually made of plastic or metal, plastic ones are a preferred choice for beginners due to their flexibility. So, in your starting journey, consider investing in a pack of plastic yarn needles.

Remember, every material needed to crochet serves a unique purpose and adds to the joy and satisfaction of seeing your project come together. Happy weaving!

Why a stitch marker is helpful?

Well, picture this: You're working on a complex crochet pattern. It's a beautiful design, but it requires a lot of focus. You're counting stitches, trying not to lose your place. Suddenly, you get distracted. Uh-oh! Now where were you in your pattern?

Enter: the stitch marker, a small but mighty tool among the materials needed to crochet. Stitch markers are like little signposts you place in your work to mark a specific stitch or row. This way, even if you lose your place, you can easily find your way back. So, no more worrying about getting lost in a sea of stitches!

They come in different shapes and sizes, but a simple plastic ring or safety pin types work great for beginners. You just slip the stitch marker into the stitch you want to mark, and voila! You're set.

So, stitch markers? They're more like peace-of-mind markers. But remember, it's not a race. It's about enjoying the journey, one stitch at a time.

How to use a row counter

Imagine you're crocheting a lovely afghan blanket. It's a big project, and it requires you to keep track of a lot of rows. You think you're on row 45—or was it 46? If only there was a way to keep track...

Good news! There's a tool for that, and it's called a row counter. A row counter is another one of the handy materials needed to crochet, especially for big projects. It's a small device that helps you keep count of the number of rows you have completed in your crochet project. No more guessing or trying to remember where you left off.

Using a row counter is as simple as clicking a button or turning a dial. Every time you finish a row, you just click or turn to increase the count. And if you need to put your project down for a while, no worries—the row counter will remember your place for you.

So, if you're working on a project that requires careful counting, a row counter can be a real game-changer. Remember, in crochet, every stitch—and every row—counts!

Choose a yarn bowl

Ever started a crochet project and found your yarn bouncing around like a wild rabbit? It's a common scenario that can turn your relaxing crochet session into a game of chase. That's where a yarn bowl comes in handy. It's one of the materials needed to crochet that makes your project go smoother.

A yarn bowl is a charming and practical tool. It's essentially a bowl with a small hole or a hook-shaped slot on the side. You simply place your ball of yarn in the bowl and feed the end through the hole or slot. This keeps your yarn stationary and prevents it from tangling as you work.

Yarn bowls can be made from various materials, including wood, ceramic, and plastic. When choosing a yarn bowl, consider its weight and stability. A heavier bowl will be less likely to move around as you pull your yarn.

Also, think about the size of the yarn balls you typically use. The bowl should be large enough to comfortably hold your yarn without it popping out every time you pull on it.

So, save yourself the headache of chasing runaway yarn. A yarn bowl is a worthy addition to your crochet toolkit—plus, it adds a touch of elegance to your crafting space!

Manage with a measuring tape

A measuring tape is another must-have in your crochet supplies. You might wonder why it’s so important, but let me tell you, it's pretty much the unsung hero of the crochet world. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequently used materials needed to crochet.

Whether you're creating a cozy blanket or a cute beanie, getting the size right is key to a successful project. And that’s where the measuring tape comes into play. It helps you measure the size of your work as you go, ensuring you're on track with your pattern.

But the use of a measuring tape doesn't stop with size-checking your project. It's also used to gauge your stitches. In crochet, the term 'gauge' refers to the number of stitches and rows in a specified area. Different patterns require different gauges, and achieving the right gauge is crucial for your project to turn out the correct size and shape.

So, when selecting a measuring tape for crochet, opt for a flexible and retractable one. A metal tape measure might be perfect for home renovations, but for crochet, you'll want something that can easily wrap around your work.

In a nutshell, never underestimate the power of a good measuring tape. It's a humble but mighty tool in your crochet arsenal.

Get a comfortable scissors

Let's talk about another important item in your box of materials needed to crochet: scissors. You might think, "Really? Scissors? Isn't that a given?" Well, it is, but not just any scissors will do. You need a pair specifically suited for your crochet journey.

You see, in the world of crochet, scissors are more than a means to an end. They're not just for cutting yarn; they're your best friend when it comes to finishing off your projects neatly and effortlessly.

So, what should you look for in a pair of crochet scissors? First and foremost, comfort is key. You'll be using these scissors quite a lot, so you want a pair that fits comfortably in your hand. You don't want to end up with a cramp halfway through your project, right?

Next, you'll want a pair of scissors with sharp blades. They should be able to cut through yarn like a hot knife through butter. This ensures clean, neat cuts that won't leave your yarn frayed or messy.

Lastly, size does matter when it comes to crochet scissors. A compact, lightweight pair is ideal. They're easy to handle and won't take up too much space in your crochet bag.

So, while scissors might seem like a basic tool, they play a significant role in the art of crochet. So, invest in a good pair, and your future crochet-self will thank you.

How to select a crochet pattern

So, you've got all your materials needed to crochet in front of you—your comfy crochet hook, the perfect yarn, a handy yarn needle, and those nifty scissors. Now, the next big question is: Which crochet pattern should you pick?

Selecting a crochet pattern can feel a bit like standing in a candy store with a pocket full of coins. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming. But don't worry, here are some tips to help you out.

As a beginner, it's best to start simple. Look for patterns labeled as "beginner" or "easy". These patterns will use basic stitches and techniques, perfect for getting your feet wet.

Next, consider what you want to make. Are you in the mood for a cozy scarf, or maybe a cute amigurumi toy? Knowing what you want to create can narrow down your options and make selecting a pattern easier.

Also, take a moment to read the pattern. Does it make sense to you? Can you visualize the steps in your head? If the answer is no, then it might be best to look for another pattern. Remember, crochet should be enjoyable, not puzzling!

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for recommendations. There's a whole community of crochet lovers out there, more than happy to share their favorite patterns with newbies. So, reach out and make some friends!

Choosing the right crochet pattern is a crucial step on your crochet journey. So, take your time, do your research, and most importantly—have fun!

Why a crochet bag is useful?

If you're starting to assemble your crochet kit, you might be wondering: "Do I really need a crochet bag?" Well, the answer is a resounding yes, and here's why.

First off, as a beginner, you'll find that the list of materials needed to crochet can grow quite quickly. Your crochet hook, yarn, stitch markers, measuring tape, and all the other bits and bobs need a home. That’s where a crochet bag comes in handy.

Having a dedicated bag for your crochet supplies not only keeps your materials safe and organized but also makes them portable. This means you can easily bring your crochet project with you wherever you go—whether it's to the park, a coffee shop, or on a long car ride.

But not just any bag will do. When choosing a crochet bag, look for one with plenty of compartments to keep your materials separated and easy to find. A good crochet bag should also be sturdy and easy to clean, because let's face it—yarn can be messy!

So, is a crochet bag a must-have in your crochet kit? Absolutely! It's the perfect companion to keep your crochet journey organized and enjoyable.

If you found our beginner's guide to crochet supplies helpful and want to expand your knowledge of other traditional handcraft techniques, check out Irem Yazici's workshop, 'Creative Ways to Use Traditional Hand Embroidery Techniques.' This workshop will provide you with unique and creative ways to incorporate embroidery into your fiber art projects.