A crochet hook and thread – that’s all you really need to start crocheting straight away. Or maybe yes? There are a few practical helpers that should not be missing in your handicraft basket so that you are well equipped for (almost) all crochet cases. In order to crochet Damascus knives for sale, you may need some basic equipment as mentioned below.
Whether colorful or simple – it doesn’t work without a crochet hook. That is why it is all the nicer that we can choose from a huge variety of different models, so that we are not only equipped for every project, but at the same time our personal crochet technique is supported in the best possible way.
My needle collection is pretty mixed. From the thread needle in size 0.6 with a golden tip to the self- carved 10 mm needle. With the different needle sizes, the different materials the hook can be made of have their own advantages and disadvantages. Wood, bamboo and plastic are very light, so they are well suited for larger needles that are not so heavy in the hand.
With very dry yarns, such as matte cotton, I tend to use a wooden needle rather than a plastic needle, as the plastic surface is a little more grippy and the yarn cannot glide as well.
However, above a certain needle size, these three materials reach their limits. Very fine crochet hooks are therefore made of aluminum or steel, as they can be processed precisely despite the low material thickness and are stable enough at the same time.
In addition to the hook, the handle on the other end of the needle is also important. Do you hold your crochet hook like a pen or a knife , because that can influence your preference for certain handle shapes. From simple, straight handles with or without thumb rest, to finely turned to ergonomic handles, everything can be found on the crochet hook market. Over time you will find out which handle shape is best for crocheting and, above all, which is fatigue-free and pain-free.
Sharp, pointed and small – your handcraft scissors should be the best. Sharp so that you can cut the threads without fraying, because then they can be threaded into the embroidery needle more easily. Pointed so that you can cut the threads close to the crochet base and small so that you can take them with you anywhere (except maybe on the plane). In no case, really in no case, should you cut plastic, adhesive tape or even wire with your handicraft scissors (not even if it is super thin). Not only can the scissor blades dull as a result, dirt and glue residue could also be transferred to the scissors and thus to your project.
Ruler and tape measure
In most projects, it is inevitable that something has to be measured, be it the distance between the safety eyes, the diameter of a base or even the not particularly popular gauge. A ruler should therefore be part of your basic equipment. A measuring tape is also extremely helpful because it can be used to measure the circumference of bodies and larger pieces. However, measuring tapes can wear out over time as a result of the use, so that the measurements become inaccurate. So check the tape measure with a ruler every few months to check that it is correct. Roll measuring tapes are particularly practical because they not only wind up the tape in a flash, but usually also have a small hook at the end that can be pinned at the beginning of the measuring section.
If there’s one thing you can never have enough of, it’s pins. They usually make their big entrance when tensioning the project and I am always surprised at how many pins can be used to tension a simple granny square. Because moisture (water or steam) or heat (iron) are often used when tensioning, your pins should definitely be rust-free and insensitive to heat. Otherwise, rust stains can appear, which are difficult to remove, or the needle heads could melt and become inseparable from the fibers of the crochet. It is therefore best to use pins with glass heads or T-pins that are made entirely of metal.
In order to put parts on top of each other for sewing, there are longer pins, which usually also have larger heads. These can also be plastic if you remember to remove them before ironing.
I admit it openly: without a stitch marker, I would have been lost on some projects. The little practical helpers are essential when it comes to marking the beginning of the round, marking the position of increases and decreases or securing a work sling. As diverse as their possible uses are, as diverse is their appearance, because if you don’t have a lockable stitch markers on hand, you can easily switch to alternatives, for example a small safety pin fulfills the same purpose. Paper clips that can simply be placed in the mesh are also very practical. And if necessary, a piece of contrasting yarn will do the job. I always put a knot in both ends of the thread so that it doesn’t slip out of the stitch so easily.
When crocheting, thread ends can often be incorporated easily during work, but unfortunately we can’t get around sewing completely. In addition, every now and then a seam without a crochet hook has to be closed. Embroidery needles should therefore not be missing in any basic equipment. “Why then of all embroidery needles?” you will ask. Blunt-tipped embroidery needles slide better through the stitches, so there is less risk of the thread being spliced and damaged as a result. In addition, embroidery needles usually have a larger eye than sewing needles, so that crochet threads can also be threaded in without any problems. When things get really tough, there are also special wool needles that are either made entirely of metal or have a flexible eye.
Pen and paper
Having a piece of paper and a pen handy while you crochet is extremely helpful. So you can write down the place in the instructions where you have just been, keep a tally sheet or quickly conjure up a small draft on the paper. From personal experience, I advise you to keep a small notebook instead of loose pieces of paper. I never found the instructions for my clothespins bag again … In your little clever booklet you can collect all the important information about your project and, for example, stick in the thread banderole. In the course of time, a real crochet diary will emerge that you will always love to leaf through.
Is there anything else in your basic crochet kit that you can’t do without? Then tell us in the comments!