Top products from r/crochet

We found 238 product mentions on r/crochet. We ranked the 789 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

Next page

Top comments that mention products on r/crochet:

u/rachycarebear · 8 pointsr/crochet


If you want to go high-end the Furls hooks are an insanely gorgeous treat, though they're well above the $20 recommended amount

For a cheaper alternative, consider Clover Soft Touch or Clover Amour hooks. The sets aren't as crazy expensive, but if they're still outside your budget you can always buy an individual hook or two from Amazon, Michaels, AC Moore, or JoAnn. Just be aware that many of us hookers already have some of these.

The Addi swing hooks are supposed to be very good as well, though I can't vouch for them personally. Chances are your giftee doesn't have these.

I'm obsessed with crochet and I love Secret Santa, so if you have any questions I can help with that you don't want to post here, feel free to shoot me a PM!


See a gorgeous scarf, beanie, glove, or jacket you think your giftee would love? Consider getting them a pattern for it instead of the item itself. Etsy has a ton, these dolls are hugely popular and with good reason! You can also get books of patterns - both ebooks and traditional books are available.

Notions and Add Ons:

Yarn swift/winder - there's quite a few in a very decent price range. They're invaluable for making pretty cakes of yarn that are super easy to work with.

Lace blocking wires - an excellent choice if your giftee prefers to make longer items like scarves or blankets.

u/ernieball · 4 pointsr/crochet

Many months ago, I submitted a ranty text post lamenting an offhand comment made to me by the mother of an old friend that, more or less, implied I should be making things for old friend’s baby for free. We’ve all been there. Pssh – some people, amirite?

Within that post, though, I very quickly touched on the struggle husband and I had been going through for a year and a half while trying to conceive our own child, and how difficult it had been for me to simultaneously create gifts for others in celebration of their new little ones while, with each stitch, also (and sometimes moreso) grieving the absence of my own. It was very quick, maybe a sentence or two, but heavy nonetheless. And I was amazed at how many of you felt that heaviness and reached out to me about your own struggles. How many of you gave me, a stranger, more empathy and support through the interwebs than most of the people I cross in my everyday life. And I was so thankful. Your kind words and heartfelt understanding was and still is so much appreciated.

I am happy to report that on our 19th cycle, my husband and I were able to conceive. We are expecting our first child, a little boy, in November. As a tribute to one my most favorite children’s books, we are putting together a few pieces inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are for his nursery, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put my book, Animal Heads to Crochet by Vanessa Mooncie, to good use with this adaptation of The Bull, known also as the loveable Bernard from the 2009 film adaptation. I am so pleased with how he came out – especially as a 100% stash project – and hope he leads the little guy on some seriously magical adventures in the years to come.

Thank you all so much for the love and support. It truly lit up what had become a very dark place.

Project Page for Pattern Link and Notes

u/blboppie · 6 pointsr/crochet

Aloha, babe!!

  1. When it comes to heirloom quality, I'm all about the yarn. This summer I whipped up this soft, lovely granny square blanket with 4 or 5 balls of Chroma in Guppy. It's a visual stunner in a timeless pattern.

  2. Fun and colorful boy blankie? You're going to have a hard time convincing me that there's anything that can beat a Beach Stripe woven stitch blanket (which YOU introduced me to, by the by!!!). I've made 2 in Brava Bulky with a J hook, and they are incredibly soft but stretchy.

  3. For a more feminine twist, I branched out recently (based on rave reviews from many, namely YOU :-D) and procured some Comfy Worsted
    which I am fashioning into a Leaping Stripes and Blocks blanket that is just on the verge of being finished. [My WIP page]. Just 5 skeins and it's ready to be a pretty decent car seat blankie.

    I've got a few golden rules when it comes to baby blankets.

    First is soft yarn. Baby skin is so sensitive, and so much of it is exposed to direct contact with blankets. It's vital to avoid anything scratchy. Also, drool is a factor to consider. Drool + halo = ick.

    Second is ease of care & durability. If it's gonna be used, it's GOTTA get washed. I abuse the bejeezus out of my kids' blankets. Hot water, full-on heat in the dryer, even a touch of bleach when I'm feeling particularly mysophobic... They get the treatment, for sure.

    Third, a foible that may face much debate: I put the kabash on any stitches/patterns that leave lacy holes where little fingers and toes can get caught and tangled easily. For this reason alone, I avoid otherwise beautiful and precious motifs, squares, and lace-type patterns. My preference is to stick to basic, classic stitches and encourage the color choice & texture to be the stars of the show.

    What can transport a simple blanket to stardom, though, is a great border. I very rarely buy books (why buy stuff that you'll just need to dust, right?), Around the Corner has been one that I keep handy at all times; I pick it up every time I'm finishing up a piece for inspiration as much as for explicit stitch patterns.

    Very little of this is anything new to you, SassyLove. I feel like I've learned more from you than I could ever possibly introduce you to. I always marvel to see what you have come up with!
u/creative_username_98 · 7 pointsr/crochet

Such sad circumstances that bring about this lovely stash, but this yarn will go to good use now and will be used and loved!
I HIGHLY recommend investing in a yarn wonder, and I don’t care for the smaller ones. The small ones don’t do well with the size of most of the skeins I see on that picture (like the size of a skein of red heart yarn for example). The smaller ones do smaller skeins better. I have this one from Stanwood Needlecraft and it’s the most magical thing I own. I can not recommend it enough! I have had it for years and my whole stashes is caked center pull balls and it’s heavenly yarn winder link you can get it a little cheaper off of their website but I don’t know how much there shipping is so amazon might be easier!

u/CardboardBoxes4 · 1 pointr/crochet

I tried looking for the one I bought on amazon but it looks like they no longer sell it. But I did some searching and found two:

  1. This one looks pretty similar to mine and has good reviews so if it’s anything like mine it’ll be great.

    Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder

  2. If you’re looking for a fancier one, this one is more expensive but the reviews say it’s the best thing ever.

    Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn/Fiber/Wool/String Ball Winder, 10-Ounce

    The one complaint I have about mine (and I’m not sure there’s really a product that would do any better) is that sometimes when you’ve wound a big cake if you try to wind too much the whole thing will just fly I wish it had some sort of cap that would keep it from doing that. But I mean as long as you slow down once it starts getting big it’s fine. I suppose it wouldn’t be too hard to come up with a quick fix at home, I just haven’t put any effort into that myself.

    Good luck!!! 😀
u/lexabear · 2 pointsr/crochet

Also, I think I recognize that figure (amigurumi): it looks like it's from this book. I recently got it as a gift and it's pretty neat! I've only done the cthulhu that you can see on the top right of the cover but it has a lot of other fun patterns.

Edit: I see there's also an Idiot's Guide to amigurumi that might help you. Haven't read it myself, but Idiot's Guides are usually pretty well laid out.

One more sit that might interest you is Ravelry. It's an online knit & crochet community and it has a lot of free patterns, and lots of helpful people on the boards.

u/SassySSS · 9 pointsr/crochet

I just recently "upgraded" my yarn winder as my last one was complete shite. This is my new and greatly improved 10 oz. Yarn Winder

How is it better than my old 4 oz you ask? Well let me tell you my friend :-P

1.) It's so QUIET

2.) It's such a joy to "crank" the handle I can't explain how pleasurable it is to wind on this machine. It's just so smooth. Also, it has never jammed or made a terribly grinding sound like my last plastic one.

3.) It has 2 guiding arms. One is adjustable and the other, and this is the best part, it moves around the cone at the same time as the cone is spinning while you crank. This is such a cool design! It creates the most perfect tension!

4.) Huge skeins into mega-cakes in only a few minutes.

5.) I have wound a bunch of skeins and unlike my old one, I have never had a problem with the yarn wrapping around or slipping down around the gear portion. I think it's due to the extra "guide arm."

In sum, I should have just bought this one to begin with! Oh, and this is my yarn swift which I also love and it is a fine piece of equipment.

u/flamingcrepes · 3 pointsr/crochet

I would be careful with hooks too. There are basically two types, and generally people like one or the other. I second the other ideas of following her lead in getting yarn. Stitch markers aren’t expensive and are helpful. Maybe a case for her hooks? I love having all of mine in one place.

Damero Crochet Hook Case, Travel Storage Bag for Swing Crochet Hooks, Lighted Hooks, Needles(Up to 8'') and Accessories, Large, Gray Dots (No Accessories Included)

50 Pieces Colorful Knitting Markers Crochet Clips Crochet Pins Bulk Stitch Markers Locking Stitch Knitting Place Markers DIY Craft Plastic Safety Pins Weave Stitch Needle Clip Counter(10 Colors)

I also LOVE this book. It spells each stitch out step by step in great pictures.

A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter

Whatever you get her, I’m sure she’ll love it!

u/madscientistcrochet · 2 pointsr/crochet

I've looked at it before because I was thinking of doing it for shits and giggles (and then I could say I'm in a masters program) and the Crochet Guild is the main organization/authority of crochet, so it's reputable. It would be the closest you could get to a crochet certification; the only other worthwhile certifications would be the Instructor credentials from the Yarn Council, which would be useful if you plan on teaching. Going back to the masters program, I feel like the teaching itself would be overpriced, compared to the multitude of crochet stitch books available that I could get for $90 (the guild member price). I just looked at the curriculum overview now and I know how to do just about everything they listed specifically. It's disappointing because some of the crochet books I already own go over those techniques and have a lot more advanced/unique patterns to learn.

If you do want to go through a bunch of swatches and learn different techniques, there are some really good advanced crochet books out there that I either own or have looked at and will be purchasing soon. The current price for all these books from Amazon would be $62.64:

  • New Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques. I have this book and it goes over a ton of unique stitches with really good descriptions, like intarsia, loop stitches, or tubular. Plus it has a few patterns in the back that use the techniques in the book.
  • The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders. Another book I looked at and want to buy. Tons of edging patterns, which is useful as I think a lot of stitch books are lacking in the borders department.
  • A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter. Another book I looked at and plan on ordering. Tons of stitches of varying difficulty levels.
  • Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia. I'd only really recommend this book if you're good at reading graphs. There's a lot of written errata in the few patterns that I've tried and while this has not been my best purchase, there are a lot of stitches and motifs which come in handy as reference. But this would probably be a bottom priority purchase.

    I own a few pattern books and some on Tunisian crochet techniques, but for reference on a wide range of crochet techniques, this is my personal library and I think that these books could keep you pretty busy and be equally, if not more so, challenging than the masters program curriculum. I may still do it for fun, but really there's a lot of other resources that are better priced, not including all the free YouTube tutorials or blogs that are out there.
u/mandykub · 3 pointsr/crochet

I agree, I made the exact same transition. Much more comfortable. Here they are on Amazon.

A subscription yarn club would be fun! I've never used one, but this one sounds awesome. (Maybe give as a gift card so she can have the fun of filling out her preferences? Unless those can be changed later.) The reason this one sounds cool is that it has more than just yarn, you get some input into the colors & weights of yarn you like, it doesn't cater specifically to knitters as some do, and it includes a surprise!

u/Kyla_R · 5 pointsr/crochet

I bought an interchangeable grip for hooks that are 2.25-6.5mm. It is made to be used with Boye hooks, but I have used it on some of my off-brand ones as well. It accommodates all of those sizes with little colour coded plastic washers that you slip onto the hook before attaching the handle over it. I had already purchased a lot of Boye hooks before I realized that ergonomic ones were necessary, so it made the most sense for me to buy that grip, rather than a whole new set of hooks.

I hold my hooks like I hold a knife, and this grip works well for me. I can crochet for hours without any cramps or soreness. The grip looks huge and clumsy, but it sits very nicely in my (small) hand and allows me to relax all of my fingers over it. It isn't heavy, either. It does take some getting used to, but that would be the same for any hook that is different than the ones you currently use. It's available at Michaels, I used a coupon to get it. I would highly recommend it, especially if you already have a lot of the Boye hooks.

u/kayrays · 2 pointsr/crochet

Ergonomic handles help a lot. I'm talking a big chunky one shaped like this grip, if you can find it. It looks awkward, but it allows you to completely relax your hand and fingers. Handles on hooks like the Clover Armour hooks are better than nothing, but I find that my hands cramp faster using them instead of that grip. That grip is designed to be used with Boye hooks, though I've used it on other brand hooks as well. I found mine at Michaels, but they're pretty cheap online.

Take a break as needed. You're not getting anywhere by pressing on. When your hands cramp, your speed goes down (not to mention the other problems it can cause). You'd be better off taking a break and returning to the project when your hands feel better.

u/amaltheas2 · 2 pointsr/crochet

My grandma taught me to do a sc, but I taught myself the rest from books and youtube videos. Two of my favorite books for learning was Debbie Stroller's The Happy Hooker & Get Hooked. The latter book is directed towards a younger audience, but it was perfect for learning ... everything was simplified! Basic patterns like "working in the round" or a basic Double-Crochet scarf; both have wonderful illustrations & great 'beginner' patterns.

Others suggested that you learn from others ... but that's so overrated! ;-) To this day, I don't know anyone else who crochets ... so it's all me!

u/lochnessie15 · 13 pointsr/crochet

If she doesn't already have nice hooks (wooden ones or ones with fancy ergonomic grips), consider a set of Clover Amour hooks for her - I never realized what a difference hooks could make until I tried these!

Otherwise, as others suggested, a gift card to a local yarn shop would be great - she can treat herself to some gorgeous squishy yarn and pick out exactly what she wants! (Edit: And by "local yarn shop" we mean the mom-and-pop type place that sells fancy yarn, not the local Michaels/AC Moore/Hobby Lobby - the craft stores sell a lot of very useful yarn, but yarn from a local yarn shop is awesome, and a great treat that she may not splurge on otherwise).

u/buttsarefunny · 4 pointsr/crochet

Do they actually help the "balling" process? Yes. I attempted doing it by hand for a while and gave up because the balls I created were usually more tangled and messed up than the original skein. A ball winder does it more quickly, and much more neatly.

Are they worth the expense and the space? In my opinion, yes. I had recently purchased a computer desk when I got my winder, so I conveniently had a nice little spot for it. If you can find a space and just let it stay there, it's worth it. And for expenses, I think it was worth it. Mine cost about $60 and it's bigger. It's hard to quantify, but it definitely saves me a lot of time and frustration, and I think that was worth the money.

Do you have any recommendations on a manufacturer or style? This was the one I bought. It holds a lot. I had some pretty large skeins of unknown origin (my grandma sent it to my mom, who never used it and sent it to me...), and as I was winding I was realizing just how much freaking yarn it was. But the winder took it like a beast. The same company has a 4 oz. size, but it seems sold out on Amazon. I love this brand, though.

u/2Legit-2Knit · 1 pointr/crochet

I'll jump in. It's an interchangeable hook set. I wouldn't recommend that for a beginner. Here is the set I have:
These are good quality hooks that a lot of crocheters like. I find the plain aluminum ones to be harder to use and they hurt my hands after a while. Plus these come in a cool case and includes every hook she'll need for a while.

Good yarn for a beginner is "I Love This Yarn" acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby if you have one of those nearby, or Vanna's Choice is a good one. Really anything that is worsted weight (will say "medium" and a 4 on the paper around the yarn). If you just buy one hook you'll want a size 5mm (AKA "H" hook) to go with the yarn.

To get her started you might also want to buy her a class at a local craft store. Any store like Hobby Lobby or Joanns should have them. I found it easier to learn from someone rather than watching YouTube videos.

Feel free to reply or message me if you need any more help.

u/head_lightsx · 2 pointsr/crochet

This book is my absolute favorite for new and interesting square/circle/triangle/hexagon patterns. It has both the written instructions, a chart, and a picture of the finished square.

The same author has a book of crochet edges which I also really like.

My favorite general stitch book is this book. It also has the written instructions, chart, and a picture of the finished stitch. I have the older version, but this one looks the same but with more patterns.

As already mentioned, youtube is a GREAT place to physically see the stitches being done if you get caught up. Good luck!!!

u/happyhooker485 · 2 pointsr/crochet

My favorite book is Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet, there is a new edition out I'd like to get. The projects weren't the best, but the stitch encyclopedia is great.

If you're a super new beginner, there's A to Z of Crochet, it says it's for beginner to advanced, but it's really just for beginners. It does have lots of great photos, but if you've been crocheting for a while you'll already know most everything in there.

u/babiesgettingrabies · 12 pointsr/crochet

I was recently gifted the Amour Crochet Hook Set and it is amazing! The hooks glide right through the stitches and I can crochet for hours without my hands cramping/getting sore. I highly recommend!

As already mentioned, a yarn winder could be helpful too if she doesn’t have one! And I know it’s not considered personal, but I love getting gift cards – I usually always have a yarn on deck that I want to buy so most of the time, I’d rather get a gift card so I can pick what I what!

Edit: the hook set is available on amazon for $36

u/KakBak · 1 pointr/crochet

Hey @gingeelise, @JaeBells1 and @fuckysprinkles, thanks for your help!

I actually ended up buying her a yarn bag, new ergonomical crochet hooks and a yarn cutter.

Unfortunately where we live, we don't have many options regarding a store that sells quality yarn or fabrics. So I thought this was quite a good options!

I also looked into your wiki and found some inspirations on the online stores when I looked into their assortment.

Again, thank you for your help! I really appreciate it :)

u/alyxmj · 2 pointsr/crochet

Crochet Gifs is great for the basics since the gifs replay each step over and over instead of trying to rewind a video.

Crochet Crowd Beginner Series is a great playlist that covers just about everything from how to hold the yarn to basic stitches and beyond.

I used to suggest New Stitch a Day for a wide range of more advanced stitches, but their website has been wonky for a week or so now.

For books, I love the Crochet Stitch Dictionary. It's a great stitch reference for down the road. A more beginner, all around guide, might be DK's Crochet which covers a lot of terms and basics as well as patterns in the back. I own both of those and reference them frequently, but check out my library all the time for ideas.

u/jhangel77 · 1 pointr/crochet

I just bought [this] ( and it's amazing!! I love it!! It's only a 4 oz one but there is a 10 oz one. I gave a review on this ball winder. I watched this video on how to do it correctly. He uses a Royal brand ball winder but that's 60 bucks and the above is 30 which may be a little more expensive than you want but worth it it the end. You should be able to go pretty fast once you read the directions. The smaller yarn winders aren't meant for whole skeins, just the one's that are leftover once you do projects. Love it.

u/labeille87 · 1 pointr/crochet

*1) There are lots of websites that link different stitches. Most stitches start with the same foundation chain (unless it's a chainless foundation row which is a different ball game). In particular if you're just starting out this book The Happy Hooker was very helpful to me.

    1. My favorite way to combine two yarns is the magic knot. There are lots of videos of it on youtube. Once I do the magic knot I like to dab on "Liquid stitch" all around the knot, it is a glue specifically meant for fabrics.
      *3) Reading patterns takes patience. My best suggestion for learning is find a chart of abbreviations (sc= single crochet, ect.). Then find a pattern that has a video that you can watch as you read the pattern. An easy one would be Bubble-gum Shawl which is free on ravelry, and here is the video.
    1. Not sure what you mean by cornerning. Usually nice neat corners come from not dropping stitches (count count count). Also most blanket patterns will instruct you how to make the corners so they aren't wonky.
      5) Hooks are really preference. At least in my opinion.
      6) My favorite hooks that are a reasonable price are these. Once you become a faster hooker these wont rub your hands raw.
      7) I listed one book above, the other good one is The big book of stitches
      8) Brands of yarns or what hooks or what?
      9) I've been told cotton yarn works great for bags. Otherwise usually a pattern will indicate if it's necessary to use a specific type of yarn.
      10) I'm not sure what tools you got. I use plain old safety pins as stitch markers. Usually on long rows I'll mark off every 30 stitches. That way if I lose count I only have to count off a few stitches instead of 230+ or whatever the case may be.
      *11) Weaving in ends- usually they become less visible once you tighten up your crocheting a bit (tighten your tension). When I'm done weaving in my end I like to dab liquid stitch on it, then use a bobby pin to pinch it (hold it) into place. Take the bobby pin off before 30 minutes otherwise you end up with a wonky line. I usually leave it on to "pinch" for 15-25 minutes. I don't know why 30 minutes is the cut off but thats just what I've noticed.
u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/crochet

This is a great response, as far as books go this one was my crochet bible, I have other books but this one was the best followed by this one. The first one is also easier to carry around with you if you're crocheting outside of your craft space and need a quick refrence.

Also for visual aid, look up Teresa's art of crochet on youtube, she has some very nice tutorials.

u/Grave_Girl · 4 pointsr/crochet

Yes. But I would strongly suggest buying an Amour and a Soft Touch in whatever size you use most often and using each for a while to see which you prefer. I have this Soft Touch set I bought like 3.5 years ago and I love them and use them regularly. I don't find the Amour nearly as comfortable, but I'm absolutely certain other folks feel the opposite way.

Spending $40 on a set of hooks where each individual one would be six or eight bucks on its own is so very worth it, even if you have to save up for it.

There's nothing at all wrong with the Boye hooks you can buy anywhere. Functionally they are pretty much the same. But I simply cannot use the regular aluminum hooks anymore; they hurt my hands far too much. These Clover hooks keep me going. I would have had to give up crocheting entirely if it wasn't for these hooks.

u/nikkichi10 · 2 pointsr/crochet

Pattern books are always great. One of my personal favorites is this stitch guide. It shows how to do tons of stitches, from very basic to some advanced lace to joining techniques. Whatever she is interested in, theres is almost certainly a pattern book catered to that interest.

u/mungboot · 7 pointsr/crochet

Clover Soft Touch. If you're in America, you can get them at Michaels. Buy one with a 50% off coupon, it will change your life. The hook isn't aluminum and the yarn slides over the hook so smoothly it's magical - even splitty yarn like Lily Sugar n Creme or Caron Simply Soft is a breeze to work with. The handle is really ergonomic - I went from pain after 10 minutes to crocheting for hours without issues. I could go on about them for hours.

Clover Amour is also a popular choice, though I think they may be better suited to pencil grippers. You can find them at AC Moore if you want to try them.

Crochet Dude hooks are also ergonomic, but not as awesome as Clovers. They're my back up for when the size I want isn't available as a Clover.

Also popular are the Tulip hooks, which are $10 at AC Moore. I have one and it's great, but definitely not good enough to justify the extra few dollars over a Clover hook.

u/mcac · 1 pointr/crochet

I use the Clover Soft Touch hooks which are certainly better on my fingers than ones without grips, especially since they are so light. The difference isn't that big though for my wrists. If you also hold your hook with a death grip like me, they make really big grips like this that help a lot. You can also make your own by wrapping something around the handle (I used an Ace bandage lol). Another thing that helped me was learning to use my nondominant hand to do more of the work. I use my nondominant hand to yarn over and only use my hook hand to push or pull the hook. Saves my wrist from having to move too much.

u/AppleCola · 1 pointr/crochet

Once you get going I found this book to be awesome for inspiration. The patterns come with diagrams which is what really finally taught me where my stitches go. Plus, all the different stitches are wonderful for simple projects like scarves and blankets.

u/sarahgwynne · 3 pointsr/crochet

Get this book:

It is fantastic at explaining everything from the most basic stitches to reading patterns. Don't try to look at patterns online till you get a good explanation about how to read patterns and how to do the basic stitches. YouTube is also pretty good at showing different stitches, but I though it was easier to start with the book.

Also start out out with a medium or large crochet hook and a equally medium or large yarn. Just look around at your local craft or fabric store at the options and you'll see what I mean about sizes. That's about all you need to get started.

Last spend a little extra money on yarn that isn't super cheap and rough. It's more pleasant to work with.

u/tyreka13 · 1 pointr/crochet

It depends on how much you want to spend. I recently got needles and love them so much. There are several nice ergonomic hooks as well that are amazing gifts. My MIL got me a 3 light lamp to put next to the couch.

u/cdtap3a · 2 pointsr/crochet

Get ergonomic hooks. They don’t have to be expensive. I’ve had these for about a year and I wish I would have got them sooner

Athena's Elements Crochet Hooks 12 USA Sizes - Longer and Smooth Crochet Needles - Comfortable and Easy to Hold Ergonomic Crochet Hook - Best Set for Arthritic Hands with Yarn Needles B 2.25mm - L 8mm

u/freevortex · 2 pointsr/crochet

Hi! There's a Holiday Gift Megathread over in the sidebar, or you can click here. As for hooks, I personally love my Clover Amour hooks :)

u/embertouchtehfire · 3 pointsr/crochet

The asterisks are just there to tell you what section of the written patter it wants you to repeat.

I found when helping someone learn that having them write out a small cheat sheet that tells them what all the abbreviations in the pattern mean can help them learn to assoicate sc=single crochet, clst= what ever the cluster stitch for the pattern is, and so on.

I always tell the person I am helping, to print their patterns out, and have them go threw and highlight all the sections where the pattern has you repeat (ie the * stuff).

I like A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter it is useful for new hookers, and advanced hookers alike. Check your local library to see if they have this book or any other crochet books most will have a section in the front to go over the basics.

u/ninepaw · 1 pointr/crochet

Pattern Here and border is number 120 from Around the Corner

All yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn. I am so happy with the end result, and it was super fast! I finished it in three evenings after work. Now to make some other cute baby items to send along with it...

u/dmwilliams · 3 pointsr/crochet

So true! I know I always have a pair of nail clippers on the night stand. Not always the case with scissors. :) I'm also a fan of the yarn-cutting ninja-star-looking thing. Great for planes and jury duty.

u/effemelle · 4 pointsr/crochet

I don't think I should have made the switch from sc to hdc, but it was worth a shot.

My little sister wants me to make a blanket with this pattern, I told her to buy me the yarn. :P It's quick, so that makes me happy at least, and it would make pretty coasters.

The pattern is from here and then modified with some hdc rows instead of sc so I don't know if I'm allowed to post it or not.

u/speechiespeech · 5 pointsr/crochet

It doesn't really matter. All you need is a needle with a large enough eye for the yarn to fit through. There are metal ones. And there are huge packs of plastic ones, but plastic can break. You can also find plastic ones in smaller quantities of course. And then there are these which are pretty great for short tails, but don't spend this much on them bc they can be found for cheaper.

u/Maxicat · 5 pointsr/crochet

You're doing great! It's so fun to see your improvements.

Here is my favorite crochet book which details a lot of different stitches. I like to pick a new stitch and learn it without a project in mind. I liken it to learning scales as a musician. When I encounter a "new" stitch in a pattern, I'm already some what familiar with it.

u/Areia · 8 pointsr/crochet

Looks like the Clover set is just under $32 on Amazon.

Honestly I've stood in Michael's so many times thinking I was about to get an amazing deal, only to do some Googling (on their very convenient free wifi) and realize that even with the coupon I was just getting the going rate. Which might sometimes still be worth it if I'm there already, but isn't as exciting as thinking I won the crafting lottery.

u/LianaInStitches · 1 pointr/crochet

Have you considered getting a yarn cutting pendant? At first glance, it just looks like a piece of jewelry. I know a few brands make them - Red Heart makes one that looks like a heart. Clover makes one that looks like a circle.

u/Nope4321z · 2 pointsr/crochet

Athena's Elements Crochet Hooks 12 USA Sizes - Longer and Smooth Crochet Needles - Comfortable and Easy to Hold Ergonomic Crochet Hook - Best Set for Arthritic Hands with Yarn Needles B 2.25mm - L 8mm

u/LuthienLeStrange · 5 pointsr/crochet

The best gift I have ever received has been my pendant cutter. It is by far my favorite accessory for crocheting and knitting. Here's the link.

Clover 3106 Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver

u/maxjooce · 1 pointr/crochet

This one is a bit more steep, but I really like it because it’s super sturdy and can make cakes with the jumbo yarn sizes.

Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn/Fiber/Wool/String Ball Winder, 10-Ounce

u/dachshundsocks · 1 pointr/crochet

It is cool to be able to customize your projects. I love the diagrams with the symbols, too. Great to reference when patterns are poorly written/explained!

This is the one I have, but there are other good ones, too.

u/Maevora06 · 1 pointr/crochet

Thank you. I have a small one from knit picks that I like but it is wobbly so the cake is always messed up regardless of the tension I use. I need a large one but I wasn't sure if I was going to spend close a $100 why not buy an electric one with a coupon somewhere for a similar price.

I watched some videos and people liked them but I wanted to ask real people and not depend on youtubers doing it for fame/money.

I will prob end up with the one you suggested. I found it on amazon for about the same price. I will likely order it after the holidays since from now till then every penny goes to the kids lol

Thank you so much for your opinion and advice :D

u/xiape · 2 pointsr/crochet

I don't know the best place, as I'm pretty new to crochet.


But I bought mine on amazon and it's pretty good. It's kind of basic but pretty durable so far.

u/pure_bL1SS · 2 pointsr/crochet

Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-A Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder, 4-Ounce

Here's the amazon link! So far I love this winder, would recommend to everyone!

u/Antina5 · 5 pointsr/crochet

Clover Amour hooks. They’re kind of expensive, but worth every penny. I have lots of other hooks that I don’t use because I love these. And the set has most of the hooks you’ll need for most projects.

u/momneedsatimeout · 3 pointsr/crochet

Generally you put the hank (the term for that pre-wound form of yarn) on a swift (umbrella swifts seem to be the more common ones, but I prefer When you put it on a swift, you'll see a couple bits of yarn tied around it to keep it from unraveling, so you clip off those bits of yarn. Then you take an end and pull on it, and it will make the hank spin on the swift and unravel it without tangling to bits. You can either unravel it by hand into a ball, or around a tube, or get a ball winder ( to wind it up.

u/ailish · 2 pointsr/crochet

Looking good. Keep practicing that until it feels easy, then pick out a new stitch to learn.

This is one of my favorite books. It has so many stitches to learn, and it includes pictures, written patterns, and diagrams! I've learned so much from it.

u/therealganjababe · 4 pointsr/crochet

Hook size is also very important. I would recommend getting a wider range when you can. I have these and I love them–

u/miki678 · 7 pointsr/crochet

Any hook should be the same for a man or woman. The only thing that I would change is to get a bigger handle. This is the one that I use:

My husband uses it too because of his bigger hands. I use it because I have carpal tunnel (from all the crocheting) and it helps my hand relax because it's in a more open position.

u/a_warm_garlic_yurt · 2 pointsr/crochet

I did something very similar with my first blanket. I can't say I have a magic solution for you (other than to try not to clip the ends any more than you already have).

But there is a certain type of needle that can help weave in even the shortest tails. It can help you hide some of those that are sticking out and are just long enough to try to weave in properly (back and forth). This video shows you how they work.

u/1976Raven · 5 pointsr/crochet

I haven't personally used one of the handles but have read that some people have issues with the hook falling out and it being too loose. If you can afford it Amazon has the setbof Clover Amour hooks for just under $32. You may be better off buying the set and having one full set of nice hooks you like. It may also be cheaper in the long run if you factor in how much you may spend on other hooks and the handle especially if it turns out that you don't like the handle after using it for a while.

u/CraftyCrochet · 3 pointsr/crochet

This one, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert, is big and very useful not just because it has pictures, but each stitch or grouping has both written and chart instructions all together. It also has a few different patterns. Not affiliated, just appreciate this book when teaching because learning styles do vary. It's an old favorite. I do not have the 2nd Edition, just original.

u/LeeryRoundedness · 2 pointsr/crochet

Hi! Thanks! I use this It’s $19.99 on Amazon, very affordable. It’s nice to have the right tools.

u/BerriesLafontaine · 2 pointsr/crochet

There's this book on Amazon. I have it and its pretty neat!
(Sorry, don't know how to link well)

There is a lion head in it that you can possibly modify.

Lion head from the book:

u/kelam_2002 · 3 pointsr/crochet

I bought a book about different borders and I really like it. I've seen it referred to in some Ravelry projects when they list what the border is. So its great for reference.

u/moldydeadeye · 1 pointr/crochet

I found these needles one day while out shopping. If you want these as an option. I didn't pay 8 bucks for them tho, only like 2 or 3, they were on clearance.

I used to use the metal needles but was having a bit of trouble pulling them through the stitches, like the start of magic circles. These I find to work out much better for me and don't kill my thumbs trying to pull it through.

u/HippoCampus22 · 3 pointsr/crochet

I love my Clover Amour set! This is the exact set I bought from Amazon. My hands never hurt anymore and my tension is way better since the hooks are smooth. You can also buy the set with a stylish lime green and pink case, too!

u/HazMat68W · 2 pointsr/crochet

Amazon has a box set. It's great, but the yarn it comes with is on the cheaper end of things. It supplies enough for the Stormtrooper and Yoda. Comes with a cheap hook (not strong, bends)

u/JMorrison2313 · 4 pointsr/crochet

Yes! And it’s fabulous!! The one that he got for me has a 10 oz capacity. I use mostly bulky yarn. Yarn Winder on Amazon

u/thismuchvolume · 1 pointr/crochet

It's not a hook persay... but I bought one of these for my girlfriend recently and she says it is really comfortable. It is intended to be used with the metal Boye hooks and is basically a universal handle. I didn't pay anywhere near that much though. I think it was around 9$ at the local Michael's. Her only complaint is the light green part is a bit tacky/grippy. Even so though she still likes it.

u/posie284 · 3 pointsr/crochet
Its the best thing i have brought so far, it has taught me so much about crochet.
No way could i free form this! Maybe one day..

u/dramawahoo · 1 pointr/crochet

I found this ergonomic handle that I love!! Added bonus, I lose less hooks this way.

u/smurfbesser · 2 pointsr/crochet

He is definitely full of claws. I think it might just be a I’m relaxed and not going to attack thing?I got this one. better review than the cheapest one.

u/DangReadingRabbit · 1 pointr/crochet

I'm a huge fan of the Clover hooks (the flat handle ones). I've tried a lot of different hooks, even the fancy wood ergonomic ones and I always end up back with my Clover hooks.

Here's a set of them
Clover Takumi Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hooks Gift Set, 8 Sizes

You could also buy the case and hooks separately too.

u/nevilaaa · 1 pointr/crochet

These are the ones I just got. I really like them. They're nothing super special but they're so much more comfortable than the normal acrylic and metal ones I have.

u/Lenalee111 · 2 pointsr/crochet

Thanks! I use the knitpicks ball winder. This one in particular! I do hold tension on my yarn while winding and I bent the metal holder to fit the large ball lol Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder

u/lemony_peppermints · 1 pointr/crochet

I asked for a set of pom pom makers, a yarn winder, a nice-looking yarn tote, a set of blocking mats, and some awesome crochet books!

u/Cordae · 7 pointsr/crochet

I would assume you could find something similar in this book. It's currently #1 on my most wanted list. Now that I'm done Christmas gift crochet, I'm planning on rewarding myself with this.

u/Coffeejuan · 7 pointsr/crochet

Made this adorable puffin from Animal Friends of Pica Pau. I have also made the frog from the book, everything from the book is so cute! Only change I made was to crochet the eyes instead of using plastic safety eyes as it is for a baby.

u/GalacticQuack · 2 pointsr/crochet

I'm thinking about trying this giant handle thing. I haven't tried the silicone ergonomic ones yet though. Good luck!

u/Ballnuts2 · 1 pointr/crochet

there is a Boye ergo handle which can fit over a K hook that you may use. Boye also has standalone ergo hooks by The Crochet Dude. I use these and find them very comfortable.

u/InkedLeo · 23 pointsr/crochet

If she doesn't already have one, a ball winder is extremely useful. Also maybe a gift card, if she buys patterns online?

u/CeePee1 · 1 pointr/crochet

A stitch dictionary is a good investment, just browse Amazon and you'll find a few. I got This one that I found good. If anything's not clear (although I find the explanations, pictures and charts in this pretty good) then you have the stitch name to double check on YouTube.

u/coffeegator21 · 1 pointr/crochet

This may be of use to you! Available on Amazon :) A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter

Edit: however, it's a book. Not an online encyclopedia.

u/SunnyInDenmark · 6 pointsr/crochet

I highly recommend getting ergonomic hooks. My favorites are either Clover Soft Touch or Amour hooks.

u/grayfauxx · 3 pointsr/crochet

Thank you!

It's the gazelle pattern from this book:
[Animal Friends of Pica Pau: Gather All 20 Colorful Amigurumi Animal Characters] (

u/TakoLuLu · 5 pointsr/crochet

If you want something that will be compatible with more hook sizes and don't mind spending a little bit of money, I got one of these and absolutely love it:

u/wannabyte · 1 pointr/crochet

Have you looked into getting an ergonomic hook? I have this one and it works great!

u/missismouse · 4 pointsr/crochet

They’re from a book. I got mine from amazon. Worth every penny.
Animal Friends of Pica Pau: Gather All 20 Colorful Amigurumi Animal Characters

u/themeeb · 3 pointsr/crochet


I have a 4 year old and I also usually bring my crocheting with me everywhere. It's just safer and easier to have around little kids. Also, if you travel, I've read that it's tsa compliant.

u/santoxeu · 1 pointr/crochet

I found a book with a section on cables and it had some really great cables. It's called Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia.
What are the rules on taking pictures of books? If it's allowed I could post some photos.

u/Lightingale · 4 pointsr/crochet

Crochet Borders As you get more advanced, you'll start to want to put your own spin on things. Flipping through this book is a great way to figure out how to put the finishing touches on a project.

It has 150 border designs, shows how to do 90 degree corners, and comes with stitch diagrams, which are a HUGE plus if you know how to read them.

I only got the book this week so I haven't tried any of them yet, but I can see this being the most-used crochet book in my repertoire.

u/StarOriole · 2 pointsr/crochet

I basically just use single crochets for all my amigurumi. I usually freehand them, and so I never really think of using anything fancier, even though I've done plenty of Irish crocheting, etc.

If you're hesitant about how to get started, a book like Creepy Cute might help, just to get you used to working with things that small in a structured way. All the stitches used in it are very simple.

You might also want to take a look at /r/Amigurumi!

u/247937 · 1 pointr/crochet

I have this one and zero complaints.

Now it's not going to handle a huge skein, but I've found it does just fine on most.

The larger winders are more expensive and I wanted to know if I'd even like one before I bought. Now I have this on my wishlist.

u/ladyintheatre · 1 pointr/crochet

Get one of these, You can hang it around your neck and never ever have to realize you don't remember where you put your scissors. They're awesome. You can get them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joans, I believe I've even seen them at walmart.

u/Mama2lbg2 · 2 pointsr/crochet

I had to buy a handle for my hook to be able to muscle thru it. Now with that I love it. Instead of a pencil hold that i normally use , I do a "fist hold?"

Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Hook Handle

u/MDMSLL · 1 pointr/crochet

I don't know HOW I missed crochet 😂 "moss stitch" threw me off, it's a knitting stitch

Have you tried Crochet Stitch Dictionary?

I feel like YouTube has so much crochet information, books are almost obsolete.

u/FiberHooker · 2 pointsr/crochet

There's a gorgeous Leia in this book, plus 11 other characters

u/ForeverJoyful · 1 pointr/crochet

Have you tried the Clovers Armour set? They are a cross between a Boye head and Bates inline, who th ergonomic handles. I have this set, and would like the bigger hooks too, but need to get them one at a time with coupons, cuz they are a rip off on Amz.

Clover 3672 Amour Crochet Hook Set, 10 sizes

I also like the Bates with the bamboo handles and have several sets of those.

u/LaEmmaFuerte · 1 pointr/crochet

I use this one as the knit picks one had too many reviews of it breaking for me to feel comfortable with it. Spent an extra twenty dollars for one that hasn't broken and has wound my yarn for a couple years now.

u/Melvarine · 3 pointsr/crochet

Try this handle from boye I got mine from Joann's or Michaels, with a coupon, it totally saved me when I made a baby blanket!!

u/Squillows · 2 pointsr/crochet

I recommend Boye ergonomic hook, you can put your metal hooks in it and I've found it far better than the clover hooks at preventing cramp.

u/pm_me_your_ampersand · 2 pointsr/crochet

Also, this Boye Ergonomic Crochet Handle is a must have! I'm in my 30s and get hand cramps if I don't use a hook with some cushion. This handle fits all my hooks.

u/mkhammar · 2 pointsr/crochet

This is my go-to book for finding new stitches. I just used it today to try the waffle stitch on a doll dress. If you have Kindle Unlimited it's free. Otherwise you can get it at most libraries (at least around me). Or you can buy it digitally or in hard copy if you really want.

u/rachaelrapture · 1 pointr/crochet

Have to give pattern credit to the awesome Star Wars crochet kit I used. Can't wait to make more!

u/GeekyHooker · 2 pointsr/crochet

Pattern is from the "cyber zombie" pattern found in Creepy Cute by Christen Haden!

u/wifeywife · 2 pointsr/crochet

This. They sell plastic ones at the craft store for less than $6 a pack of various sizes. It's the only reliable way I've found of doing short ends like that.

Link to needles on Amazon:

u/LittleLimax · 6 pointsr/crochet

I like Clover Amour. The matte finish is really smooth on the yarn, and they're ergonomic.

Clover 3672 Amour Crochet Hook Set, 10 sizes

Edit: I've seen them on Amazon cheaper than they currently are, so be sure to shop around.

u/Peanutbutteryarn · 3 pointsr/crochet

I didn't forget, I just figured it would be easy to find.

Here it is.

u/bluechev · 1 pointr/crochet

It’s from Animal Friends of Pica Pau : my local library had a copy. Gonna see if I can work up a Platypus before it needs to go back.

u/madaboutpiano · 2 pointsr/crochet

Animal Friends of Pica Pau: Gather All 20 Colorful Amigurumi Animal Characters

u/magicmerlion · 2 pointsr/crochet

This is the book I used to learn. I found it very helpful - lots of diagrams. And the entire second half is a wide variety of patterns.

u/trickstergods · 7 pointsr/crochet

Clover Amour series. They also have a steel set for your doilies and snowflakes and a large-size set for chunky wools. :)

u/knittagedon · 2 pointsr/crochet

Look at buying a crochet stitch encyclopedia
Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer) I found this one is good, lots of different stitches to try

u/nudist_reddit_mom · 1 pointr/crochet

I taught myself how to crochet using this brand of crochet kit. This one in particular doesn’t have what you’re looking for, but I’ve consistently found that kits are way more comprehensive, and that the projects in them are all similarly sized.

u/tinapasadena · 3 pointsr/crochet

Let me also suggest this handle. It saved my hands from cramping

Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Hook Handle

u/oomps62 · 8 pointsr/crochet

I'd consider the Clover Amour ergonomic hooks. This set is right in your budget and includes an I hook. If she's used to ones like this these are a big step up!

u/AmberHeartsDisney · 1 pointr/crochet i just got this book and i really like it. it shows you how to do a lot of different things.

u/MaryClaveria · 9 pointsr/crochet

Yes to Clover hooks. Someone posted the other day that they were on sale for around $33 on amazon

u/cancansworld · 1 pointr/crochet

Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder

I've used this pretty frequently and it's amazing for the price. I've had no issues with it and I've done my whole collection of yarn with this.

u/rebeccaademarest · 2 pointsr/crochet

Sure thing! It came out of this book. Basically, just a lot of chains, then shells, and then picots :D

u/redfroggy · 3 pointsr/crochet

My husband bought me this book and I learned to do it in there. You start with a basic chain stitch that is a multiple of 14 plus 3 (ie 28+3, 42+3). Then you use increases and decreases (dc3tog in this case) to create the waves. This video shows exactly what I did to achieve my waves.

u/double-crochet · 1 pointr/crochet

Has she tried any ergonomic hooks or handles? I have the clover Armour and love them. There are also make handles you can put on regular hooks like this:

I don't have experience with that handle, but I've heard from other crocheters with arthritis and wrist pain that it helps quite a bit. Maybe you could give her the yarn, a hook, and one of these handles, if you think it would work for her.

u/long_red · 2 pointsr/crochet

It's called Creepy Cute Crochet. I have the same book but haven't used it yet. I keep saying it will be next!

u/gruebeard · 2 pointsr/crochet

Creepy Cute Crochet is the reason that I learned how to crochet. You said 'cute', right? It's right in the name! (Yeah,'s mostly monsters. They're cute, tho.)

My only complaint is that the pictures that go with teaching you how to make a magic circle are so small as to be meaningless. If you already know how to make one, you're golden. If not, YouTube.

u/SavesNinePatterns · 1 pointr/crochet

I got one yesterday! This one:

It's working fine for me so far :) There are picture of the cakes in the reviews

u/I_Made_Cookies · 2 pointsr/crochet

What's not too expensive? This Clover set goes down to $30 sometimes if you keep an eye out:

I love mine.

P.S. I have fairly large but not huge hands.

u/LegendOfCady · 4 pointsr/crochet

Amazon has the set for $35, it’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen it!
Clover 3672 Amour Crochet Hook Set, 10 sizes

u/katykatesxo · 2 pointsr/crochet

I would maybe try one of these for her,
Boye 3421001001 Ergonomic Aluminium Crochet Handle - Multicolour

You use it with regular metal hooks but this makes a really wide soft (rubber) handle for you to hold onto and it's not expensive so if it doesn't work out for her you've not wasted a lot

u/arhoglen · 2 pointsr/crochet

Crochet Hook Ergonomic Adapter check other websites for better prices, but that is the idea.

u/datri · 5 pointsr/crochet

I love this book:

The only downside is that I wasn't a big fan of the directions for basic stitches, but they have a lot of different stitches with written directions and visual directions. Not a lot of patterns to make things though.

u/alenacooks · 3 pointsr/crochet

When I first started my hands would hurt like crazy if I crocheted for more than an hour or two. I figured out that my problem was that I was keeping an iron grip on the hook. I added these with these on top of them and that's helped a lot. There's also a big ball-type grippy thing that you could get. I hope you find something that helps.

u/NondenominationalPly · 1 pointr/crochet

He’s from this book:

I’m not sure if it’s ok to post copyrighted material here...

u/blustercrab · 1 pointr/crochet

The set is usually under $50 on Amazon. Here is a link. They also sell them with a case or individually for about $8.

u/Wunderlump_Ken · 1 pointr/crochet

I swear by this grip. It has eliminated my sore hand issues completely.

u/funny_diebarbarin · 1 pointr/crochet

No problem, just wish it had linked to your Ravelry account correctly. I really liked your pattern and scoured my border book to find one that fit it "just so" (border 50 if you're curious). My husband told me he thought this was my fanciest/best block yet.

u/prettymisspriya · 1 pointr/crochet

Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos