Crochet (pronounced kro-sh-A) is a way to make fabric from thread, and is similar to knitting, which requires several needles to pull loops of yarn through other loops.
Crocheting usually requires a single crochet hook, which is a needle with a hook, and is used to draw thread through knotted loops. Whether you are crocheting a blanket, an article of clothing, or an accessory, you will need a few necessary crochet supplies to get you started. Necessary crochet supplies will depend on the complexity of the pattern and article being created.
Basic Crochet Supplies
The basic crochet supplies needed will be a crochet needle and some thread, but the desire to create more complex items may result in the need for various needles, different types of yarn, more complex patterns, instructional books, beads, ribbon, sequins, tape measure, pompon circle and other materials to enhance and beautify the crochet item.
Crochet hooks come in many sizes and generally match the thickness of the thread being used. Crochet supplies, like crochet hooks, can be made of plastic, metal, wood, bone and other materials. Crochet hook sizes vary with the type of material they are made of, and may be in millimeters from 3.5 to 0.4, numbers from 00 to 16, or letters from B to S.
The style of crochet hook you would use varies with the type of crochet and pattern being used. Tunisian crochet hooks are lengthened and have a stopper at the last part of the handle; a variation of the Tunisian hook is the Cro-hook, a double ended hook is used to make double sided crochet, which uses two thread colors at the same time.
Some people with Arthritis or medical issues may need ergonomic crochet hooks, which are designed for this purpose. The bottom line is to always buy the best quality crochet hooks you can afford.
Most crochet materials are generally known as yarn or thread, and come in various thicknesses and textures. There are several types of yarn used, and they vary with the article being made and pattern being used. The types are Bulky weight, which is used for heavy and warm garments; Worsted weight is used for scarves, sweaters and mittens; Sport weight is used for sweaters and baby items and Fingering weight is used for light items such as socks, light sweaters and some baby items; these are the main yarn crochet supplies for making most items. Yarn fibers can be made of acrylic, wool, alpaca, cotton, silk, cashmere and many other fibers.
Crochet Supplies and Accessories
Instruction books are a necessity for the beginner, while more advanced patterns are necessary to make more complex clothing and other items. The amount of crochet supplies needed, will depend on whether you are a novice, or advanced at crocheting.
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