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How to Buy Crochet Supplies

Learning to crochet won't turn you into your grandmother, but will provide you with a lifelong hobby.


  • Step 1: Follow a pattern Buy a pattern or find a free one online.
  • Step 2: Choose yarn Choose your yarn. Consider the color, weight, feel, price, and care instructions. Buy enough to complete your project.
  • TIP: A large hook and smooth, bulky yarn are easy for beginners to use, and work up faster than smaller materials.
  • Step 3: Choose hook Choose the right hook size to go with your yarn. If you're not sure, check the pattern.
  • TIP: Buy small sizes for lace and sock weight yarns, medium sizes for worsted and sporting weight, and large sizes for chunky weight and for winding strands together.
  • Step 4: Choose ruler Buy a regular ruler or a gauge checker made for yarn projects so you can check your gauge.
  • Step 5: Consider stitch markers Buy a package of stitch markers if you will need to mark stitches for a pattern. Or use extra yarn pieces or safety pins.
  • FACT: Mathematicians have used crochet to create models that demonstrate the idea of hyperbolic planes in three-dimensional space.

You Will Need

  • A pattern
  • Yarn
  • A crochet hook
  • A ruler or gauge checker
  • Stitch markers
  • yarn pieces
  • or safety pins

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