In order to begin to learn how to crochet I needed to find out what materials I had to get to start.
I found this video I found quite helpful
Never being satisfied using just one source, I did a bit more research. The basic tools I need are a crochet hook, yarn, and scissors. So I packed up my baby and toddler and headed to Walmart.
In the crafting section I found the yarn. The video and other websites recommended getting a solid, light colour of yarn. Apparently it will make it easier to see your stitches.
The lady in the youTube video I watched mentioned Red Heart is her favourite brand of yarn and so I took her recommendation.
The yarn needs to be a worsted, medium yarn. It should be acrylic or wool. The yarns have different numbers on them and number 4 was recommended for beginners.
I’m not the most decisive individual so picking a colour took much longer than it should have!
Now for the crochet hook. The video said to get an I-9 hook, but I couldn’t find one. Now I was glad I had done further research! Other suggestions were a G, H or J hook. The yarn also gives a hook size recommendation if you look in the picture above. I didn’t understand this though, so I went with a three pack of hooks — G-6, H-8 and J-10. An aluminum hook is the best choice for beginners because it will allow the yarn to glide easily.
I have scissors at home so I didn’t need to buy those. Another crochet blogger suggested getting a yarn or darning needle (or a tapestry needle). They are all pretty much the same thing I’ve learned, so any of the above will do. It is used to sew in your ends. I don’t need this right away but I thought while I’m here, I might as well get one. I also got this tape measure, also not needed now, but it was too cute not to buy. I got all my supplies for under $20.
The whole process took me much longer than it should have. My indecisiveness and not being able to find the crochet hooks (they are behind the knitting needles in sliding sort of display) added to the timeline. Thank goodness my baby slept the whole time and my toddler had enough goldfish to keep her occupied!!