Play around with materials, colours, stitches. Everything is allowed! Crochet is a magnificent adventure that opens the doors to your wildest imagination and creativity. Marie-Noelle Bayard

Crochet is a needlework technique performed using a crochet hook plus fibre or other similar material. The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning 'small hook'.

The health benefits of learning a new craft like crochet range from simply calming you down and easing your stress to potentially relieving depression and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The act of crocheting is enough of a way to relieve stress. It's relaxing and provides you with a finished product you'll enjoy on many occasions.

A recent study found that 100% of insomnia patients reported improved sleep with 90% being able to eliminate medication in a program that included yarn crafting. Focusing on something easy, repetitive and soothing, like crochet projects, can calm down your mind and body enough to let you fall asleep.

Crocheting is not so common in Nigeria, However, a lot of Nigerians are now learning it and even using it as a form of business. Making already made and custom crochet products for their customers.

One of my favourite advantage of crocheting is that it is a much more enjoyable way for you to practice maths.  The counting, rows, repeats, and patterns, for crocheting, require a great deal of math to finish any given project.

We will majorly be focusing on what you will need to start doing crochet in this article. Continue reading to learn more.

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Getting Started With Crochet Hooks

If you want to learn how to knit, you will need knitting needles. To learn how to crochet, you will most certainly need a crochet hook.

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A crochet hook is an important tool needed to start any crochet project Source: Unsplash

Unlike knitting that mostly requires two hooks, with crochet you only need a single crochet hook. Though crocheting and knitting are in so many many alike, their techniques are different. So before you embark on any crochet project, you will need the right crochet hook to achieve the pattern you would like to work on.

There are plenty of different materials, diameters, and sizes, and choosing the right crochet hook is half the battle. Fortunately, we’re here to help you!

What A Crochet Hook Consists:

A crochet hook is a tool consisting of a slender handle with a Hook at one or sometimes both ends, which is used to pull thread or yarn through loops to create crochet stitches.

A crochet needle is made up of:

  • A Head
  • A shaft
  • A handle

The head of your crochet hook is the part used to push into the existing stitches so that you can retrieve the yarn and pull it through. The head could be pointed or rounded. If you’re crocheting a project with close, tight stitches, you might prefer a pointed head so the stitches are easier to enter. It is important to note that crotchet hooks have the same anatomy whether you are using them left-handed, or right-handed.

After the head, there’s the throat, this allows you to keep a hold on the yarn or thread. The throat of the crochet hook is the part located from the head to the shaft. This is where the yarn is caught when you pull it through the hook.

The shaft which is also referred to as the shank joins the head to the handle. It is where the yarn is held for stitching. The length of the shaft is what drives the hook size diameter. It can be short or long. A short shaft will restrict the number of loops you can do. For consistent loops, you’ll want a straight shaft.

Finally, the handle of the crochet hook is where the remaining fingers on your hand rest comfortably. You can get everything from minimalist handles to thumb rests, grips, and ergonomic crochet needles. the handle you choose is important as this affects the weight of the crochet hook.

If you can't decide, you can always get a crochet hook set or a crochet set that comes with crochet supplies.

Choosing The Material

Crochet hooks are made from different materials such as bamboo, plastics, aluminium, steel, wood and glass. Aluminium and plastic are most widely available while glass is the least common. Different materials will work better with different yarn projects. There is no one right crotchety hook material. When looking for the best crochet hooks, you need to consider the project type, the yarn you’re using, how you hold the hook, and any ergonomic needs you might have

Diameters For Crochet Hooks

Crochet hooks have a number that defines their diameter. If you find that your crochet stitches are too loose, then go down a hook size. A general rule of thumb is that your yarn and hook should somewhat correspond with each other. Smaller yarn uses a smaller hook and a larger hook is used for bulky yarn. If you’re following a pattern, using crochet needle sizes that differ from what’s specified in the pattern will make your final product turn out differently from the original design.

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To achieve a loose yarn pattern with thick wool, you will need a big crochet hook. Source: Unsplash

Different sizes are ranging from 2.00mm-16mm. You can check the sizes on all free crochet. A hook with a 4 will be 0.4cm in diameter. Thus, the bigger the number, the thicker the hook is and the bigger your loops will be. Beginners should opt for 0.4 or 0.5cm diameter hooks so that they can see the loops. As you gain experience, you’ll be able to tell which diameter you’ll need depending on how tightly-knit you want your project to be.

Where Can You Buy Crochet Hooks?

There are several websites and on Instagram handles you can purchase crotchet hooks in Nigeria. You can buy from some websites like

  • Jiji
  • Konga
  • Jumia
  • U-buy
  • Yaoota

Which Yarn You Should Begin With?

Yarn is a textile commonly made of wool, cotton, or acrylic. It is made from strands (or plies) twisted together to form one thick string of material. It comes in single long strands known as skeins that can be rolled into balls either by hand or through a yarn ball winder to make it easier to work with. The type of yarn or crochet thread will depend on your project. A Double Knit weight yarn in acrylic, wool or cotton is what we would recommend as the best yarn for crochet for beginners because they are uniform in thickness plus you can easily undo them if you make a mistake.

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There are different types and colours of yarns to choose from for your next Crotchet project. Source: Unsplash

As a beginner, it is strongly advised that you should pick a project that you want to make and need. Start with something quick and simple so that you don’t get discouraged. Choose a yarn according to what you are making or as prescribed in the pattern you are working with. The weight of the yarn you choose must suit your particular project.

Do not start by buying a lot of crochet material. Buy just what you need so you can see if crochet is for you or not. Once you’ve mastered the basics, the reality is that there is so much wonderful crochet yarn out there that sometimes it can be hard to choose.

Choose a smooth yarn rather than a textured yarn and also make use of single colour as a starter so that it's easier to see your crochet work. Fluffier, thicker yarns are great for crocheting because their bulk nicely fills in the gaps left by single and double crochet rows.

To sum it up, your pattern majorly decides the kind of yarn you will have to use, consider the weight of the yarn (remember we talked about yarn and hook sizes), consider the material used in making the yarn, decide the colour you want to use and visualize what you want to achieve.

Don't worry yourself, you would soon get the hang of crocheting and you would be able to use any tool and manipulate your project however you like.

Other Important Tools Needed For Crocheting

No doubt the most important tools needed are the hooks and yarns. However, some other tools are important that’ll make your life easier.

Crochet Scissors

These are very useful for cutting threads at the end. Choose a smallish pair of scissors for your crochet projects. You can even crochet a cover for your scissors.

Stitch Markers

Stitch markers are cute clips that come in different colours can be used to mark where you start and end your pattern. These are very useful if you are working on a round pattern.

Tape Measure

Tailors and fashion designers always use tape measures when sewing. This is also an essential crochet tool to make your crochet project precise, especially if you’re following a pattern. It’s always a good idea to measure your yarn before you start a project.

Darning Or Wool Needle

A darning needle is simply a really large big needle. A metal or plastic wool needle is useful for hiding the ends of the wool or thread in your creations. It is also used to sew crochet pieces together.

Now that you know what you’ll need, you’re ready to get started.

If you want to learn more about crochet, you can contact any of our crotchet tutors on Superprof Nigeria. There are a lot of tutors to choose from regardless of your location anywhere in the world. Many of the tutors offer both home tutorials and online lessons. If you want a one-on-one tutorial for less or can't find a suitable tutor where you live, online tutorials are great because they can be taught from anywhere in the world. All you need is a webcam and a decent internet connection!

 

 

 

 

 

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