Below, you’ll find our recommendations for some of the best knitting and crochet supplies available. If you need new craft supplies, this page is a fantastic resource; we’ve posted product reviews letting you know our opinions on a wide variety of materials including yarn, crochet hooks, craft storage supplies, needles, beads for bead knitting and bead crochet and other supplies.
Knitting and Crochet Supplies for Beginners
If you’re in search of knitting or crochet supplies for beginners, rest assured that you don’t need anything special; ordinary crochet hooks, knitting needles and yarns are fine for you to work with. However, you should be aware that it is easier to use YARN than it is to use CROCHET THREAD. It is also easier to use smooth, evenly spun, bright-colored or light-colored yarns than it is to use dark-colored yarns or yarns that have excessive texture, like eyelash yarns, boucle yarns or thick-and-thin yarns. If you’re looking for beginner’s crochet supplies, be sure to see our page covering crochet for beginners to find additional tips, hints and recommendations.
Crochet Tools and Accessories
If you’re looking for a complete crochet supplies list, look no further: The most important essentials are some crochet hooks, a pair of scissors, some yarn (or an alternative such as crochet thread, fabric strips, wire, etc) and a tapestry needle. There are lots of other supplies, like organizers and stitch markers, that are nice to have — but you can get along OK without them if you want to stick with the essentials for now.
The following articles will help you learn more about crochet hooks:
Knitting Tools and Accessories
Knitting and crochet require many of the same basic essential tools and materials — including yarn, crochet hooks, a pair of scissors, and a tapestry needle. Yes, you read that right — you need crochet hooks for knitting. They’re helpful for retrieving dropped stitches, and they’re also useful for doing the crocheted cast-on and a variety of other techniques. For most hand knitting projects, you’ll also need knitting needles.
It is possible to knit without knitting needles. Some people enjoy a technique called “arm knitting”. It’s also possible to knit with knitting looms and knitting machines. However, hand knitting with needles is a primary focus of this website — so let’s devote some time to talking about knitting needles.
I think it would be possible to write an entire book about knitting needles. I haven’t written a book about them, but I did write this beginner’s guide to knitting needles. If you don’t already know the difference between straight-pointed needles, double-pointed needles and circular knitting needles, I think you’ll find the guide helpful. It’s also worth reading if you don’t understand why you might want to choose bamboo knitting needles over aluminum ones, or vice versa.
- The Hand Sewing Needles You’ll Need for Knitting and Crochet: Tapestry Needles, Yarn Needles and / or Darning Needles
Reviews of My FAVORITE Yarns for Crochet and Knitting
- Cascade 220 Worsted Weight Wool Yarn by Cascade Yarns
- Knitpicks — Simply Cotton Yarn
- Knitpicks — Hawthorne Speckle Yarn
- Plymouth Yarns — Bio Sesia
- Cascade 220 Superwash: Review coming soon!
- Cascade Magnum: Review coming soon!
Yarn Knowledge: Articles About Yarn
- What are the advantages of knitting or crocheting with cones of yarn?
- Ideas for How to Organize Your Yarn
Craft Organizers: Organize Your Yarn, Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks, Beads, Notions and Other Craft Supplies:
- Artbin Yarn Drum, Item#: 6934SA — You can use this handy container as either a project bag or a yarn organizer.
- Artbin Hook & Needle Nook, Item#: 6930AB — If you need a good home for sets of double pointed knitting needles, pairs of knitting needles, traditional crochet hooks, ergonomic crochet hooks, or Tunisian crochet hooks measuring less than 12 inches long, this dedicated knitting needle and crochet hook organizer might be just what you need.
- Artbin Solutions Storage Cabinet, Item#: 6994AB — If you’re in need of an organizer for sorting out your buttons, charms, pendants, bead crochet / bead knitting supplies or other small treasures, this craft organizer could be the perfect solution.
- ArtBin Solutions Long Open Core, Item#: 3901AB — This sturdy organizer is a practical solution for storing crochet hooks, sock needles, cable needles, stitch markers, notions and bunches of other craft supplies.
- ArtBin Super Satchel 1-Compartment, Item#: 6955AB — The ArtBin Super Satchel is an excellent yarn organizer, and you can also use it in bunches of other ways.
- Artbin Thread Storage Tray, Item#: 6820AG — Do you know where all your sewing thread is? If you were to need some thread to sew the lining for a crocheted purse or pouch, or any other project requiring thread, would you be able to find it in your craft supply stash? If not, you’d benefit from owning an ArtBin Thread Storage Tray. You’re going to love the options it gives you for keeping all your thread neatly organized.
- Artbin Mini Sidekick, Item#: 6815AG — The ArtBin Mini Sidekick is one of the most versatile craft organizers ever. It’s the perfect spot for stashing your partial balls of yarn or crochet thread so you have them all in one place. It’s also useful for storing other sorts of craft supplies: fabric scraps, buttons, spools of wire for wire crochet, etc.
How to Make Rag Balls — You can crochet or knit with fabric in much the same way that you use yarn. There are some differences; the most noticeable difference is that, when you work with fabric, you have to make your rag balls before you can begin crocheting or knitting. Here’s how to do it.
So there you have it: That’s our list of best knitting and crochet supplies plus related articles with information you need to know about knitting and crochet tools, accessories and materials. This is not a complete list. We’re still in the process of reviewing our favorites. If you would like to make a suggestion for a tool, yarn or product we should review, please feel free to contact us. Thanks for your interest! Happy crafting.
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This page was last updated on 1-21-2020