Yarn, there are many types and weights of yarn. Most of us get started crocheting with #4 medium worsted weight yarn. There are plenty of affordable acrylic yarns that won’t break the bank when you’re just starting out.
A crochet hook that is sized for your yarn. 4mm-6mm crochet hooks work well with #4 yarn. You can chose to purchase a single hook size, or a multi pack, if budget allows. As your crochet skills grow, you will want to crochet more project which will require a variety of both yarn and hook sizes. I have a reference guide on crochet hook sizes here.
Good lighting. Don’t take this one lightly. Haha, see what I did there? Really though, when I first learned to crochet I had no idea what I was looking at, so don’t let dim lighting get in your way. Learning to see the stitches is an important skill.
Good posture. At first everything will feel awkward. This is totally normal. But as you settle in to crocheting, but sure to take a few minutes and set yourself up in the most ergonomic position for your body. Looking down at your work, making the same motions over and over again with your hands can both wreak havoc on your body if you’re not in sitting up with your back straight.
Take breaks. Don’t push yourself too far. Remember to breathe. This does get fun, but learning is a bit of work. Take stock when you’re tensing up. Then lower your shoulders and take a few belly breaths.
One of the reasons I love crocheting (and knitting) is that you really need minimal supplies compared to other crafts. Yarn and hook can get toted around in a bag, and also stored away. You don’t need a lot of space to enjoy crocheting. You can read about more of the benefits of crocheting here.
Learn how to crochet a chain for beginners. The first step in learning how to crochet any pattern. This crochet chain tutorial will have you crocheting your first project in no time!
Chain stitch is a crochet basic that is the foundation to most written patterns. It’s the first step in creating many crochet projects and an essential to learn. If you’re new to crochet then you’ve come to the right place.