How to Choose the Right Yarn and Crochet Hook
I planned on posting the single crochet stitch next, but some readers posted an excellent question. I realized when I read their questions that I hadn't started from the BEGINNING. Like, what yarn to get
and the crochet hook that goes with it.
The yarn that you get will depend on the project that you are working on.
For example, if you are making a dishcloth, you should to use 100% cotton yarn (for its absorbancy and ease of wash). I usually get the most inexpensive cotton yarn I can find, since the only thing that matters to me when I am making the dishcloths is that it is 100% cotton and cheap! Some Walmart stores even sell this yarn on a really large spool.
Of course, if you get a soft novelty cotton yarn, you will have really
nice dishcloths - that will get stained (from spaghetti sauce), and
faded (from constant washings). You may end up annoyed that you
If you have really nice, soft novelty yarn, I would recommend you use it for something that you will wear and want to last for a long time.
There is nothing like wearing a scarf made from some quality yarn!
But if you are a cheapie (like me!) I recommend you use a really soft
acrylic yarn like Hobby Lobby's "I Love this Yarn" brand or Caron's
Simply Soft Yarn.
I have NOT had a good experience with Red Heart's Super Saver. It is tempting to buy because of the range of colors and the extremely low price. But, crocheting with scratchy yarn is not a good time. Besides, who will you give a scratchy sweater to?
Also, for a beginner, I would recommend you use a simple, plain yarn. Don't get the kind that hides the stitches with fur or other embellishments, like the one below.
I would probably buy 2 skeins of yarn.
But if you want it really long and really thick - maybe you should buy 3 skeins. The beauty of that scarf is you can't mess it up! And with the leftover yarn, there are some really nice stash buster patterns.
Most yarns have the recommended crochet hook size on the label.
|1: recommended crochet hook size, 2: recommended knitting needle size, 3: amount of yarn on skein, 4: type of yarn, 5:washing instructions|
Unless you are looking for a particular effect (when making amigurumi toys, for example, I use a much smaller hook than the recommended size), or trying to get the correct gauge (more on THAT later), you can just use the recommended size.
Hooks also come in different materials: plastic, aluminum, bamboo, glass, silver, gold ...
Yes. There are some people who only use the best of the best. Not
me. I just use the aluminum. I like how the yarn slides on it (and the
Do you want to go yarn shopping with me? Yes? Well, come on then!
I hope this helps you get started! Let me know if you have more questions!
Ayana is a crafty mama of two who loves everything crafty and is kinda obsessed with thrifting. She blogs over here and vlogs EVERYday over here.
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