From making your first chain to weaving in ends, there are accessories you can use to make your crochet and knit session a little easier. I have a list of items I use every day to share with you! Check them out and let me know what items you use in the comments!
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Hate weaving in ends? Don’t avoid colorwork anymore with this incredible little needle. The needle-length eye makes it much easier to thread and weave in and out of fabric.
Bates or Boye? That’s the age-old crochet question. I’m a Boye crocheter for now (the hooks are less expensive) but I could probably be turned to the other side. Whatever hook you choose, I recommend using a soft ergonomic grip since it’s easier on your hands. I have a lot of long crochet sessions, and the ergonomic grip makes it so my hands don’t ache at the end of the day.
Keep all of your crochet hooks in one place with a hook organizer! I like this one because it’s pink and has cats on it (very very me) but there are other styles and colors as well!
You can use any scissors you have around the house for crochet projects, but why not use cute ones? These are super sharp, small scissors that are handy for cutting thinner yarns. I like them because they feel sturdier than the paper craft scissors I used before, and they make a satisfying “snip” noise/feeling when you cut yarn.
I don’t use a fancy yarn caddy to tote around my projects (though I wouldn’t say no to one for Christmas or birthday!) I use a canvas tote bag with a project bag or two stuffed inside. They’re cheap, environmentally friendly, and good to use for other things like grocery shopping.
Crocheting in the round is fun, but losing your place and losing count is not fun at all. I use these cheapie little stitch markers to help me keep count. I also use cute artisan stitch markers that I get off of Etsy, but those are a bit more expensive. I’ll do a separate post in the future with my favorite Etsy finds!
I’ll admit it- I don’t block my projects as often as I should. When I *do*, I use these exact blocking mats. They’re the best deal on Amazon for this type of product and they come with a ton of T-pins to keep your finished project in place.
The blocking mats come with a tape measure, but you can never have too many of these laying around! Here’s an inexpensive option to start your collection!
The scale is helpful for determining how much yarn you’ve used in a project. Most yarn labels have the total number of yards on them and some simple calculations (ounces to yards) can help you figure out your numbers.
When dealing with black yarn, a bright light is a necessity. I use this lamp as my bedside lamp, but I angle the head toward my hands while I work so I don’t skip any unskippable stitches! The lamp has various light tone settings so you can go from an amber reading light at bedtime to a bright white light during the day to crochet.
Crochet design involves a lot of numbers. Hook size, body measurements, starting chain length, pattern repeats – you get the picture. I write all of those numbers down in a handy dandy notebook while I’m designing to help keep track of everything. I even used this when I wasn’t designing to keep track of the patterns I wanted to attempt all year long. Besides, this notebook has SLOTHS on it. You were going to get it anyway!
That’s all I’m using for now! I’m a bit of a product junkie, so I may add to this list later. If you use other stuff, let me know in the comments!